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Learn to Weld: Beginning MIG Welding and Metal Fabrication Basics - Includes techniques you can use for home and automotive repair, metal fabrication projects, sculp [Paperback]

Stephen Blake Christena
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1 Dec 2013

Master MIG welding and the metal fabrication techniques you need to repair, create, and duplicate projects in your home welding studio. Learn to Weld starts with the basics: setting up your studio, the right safety gear and safety procedures, and the equipment and materials you will need to begin with welding. With the help of step-by-step metalworking photos and tutorials, you will learn detailed techniques for cutting and grinding, and for joinery using a MIG welder. Practice the techniques and projects, and you’ll soon be able to repair, create, and duplicate metal fabrication projects in your own welding studio. Best of all, you will have both the fundamental skills and the confidence you need to create whatever is in your imagination. With Learn to Weld you’ll be equipped to conquer a world of welding projects.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry (1 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159253869X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592538690
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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STEPHEN BLAKE CHRISTENA is the owner of Midwest Metal Works in Chicago, IL. MW2 offers custom fabrication services and a learning center for hobbyists interested in MIG welding. Christena teaches small-size courses designed to cover the basics and explore students' projects and interests. He is also a spokesman for Miller welding equipment.
Originally from Flint, Michigan, Christena moved to Chicago in 1998 after graduating from Western Michigan University with a degree in art. During his time at WMU, his primary focus was directed toward metal sculpture, photography, and painting. He opened his first custom metal sculpture studio in August of 1998.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners 30 May 2014
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I had not done any welding since I left the engineering industry over forty years ago so forgot a great deal but this book is great for beginners and those who need refreshing as well as learning new techniques
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Bought this to bolster my knowledge of a welding course I've just started - as such I haven't gone in to it with a fine toothcomb yet but I was rather concerned about a comment re: keeping water close to hand to quench hot metal after welding and to potentially extinguish fires. We were told right from the off that water and electricity (as we all know) are not safe bedfellows. Where we are welding on the course, there are suitable fire extinguishers near by (not water filled!) and the quenching bucket is well away from the bays. Other than that it appears to be very well laid out, simple to understand, and is indeed a very useful book, giving several examples at the end of example projects - probably the most useful being how to construct a welders bench. All in all I would definitely recommend - just be careful re: water and lecky!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great teacher, great book 22 April 2014
By J. Toth - Published on Amazon.com
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I am lucky enough to live in Chicago and take classes with Stephen. For those of you who wish to know more about welding --how to do it, prepare for it, invest in equipment. From job related welding to creative fabrication and hobby welding, this book covers it. I looked for years for classes, videos and books, meeting Stephen has been an amazing experience and reading the book after I took the classes I finally get what he means when he says, "here's how you do it, but it's all in my book." A funny, down-to-earth guy with a passion for perfection in the art of welding. This book is a do not miss. Glad to give it a deserved 5-star recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent instructional book 9 Mar 2014
By Richard Garabedian - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read several books on welding. I chose this one because it focuses on MIG welding, which is what I am interested in learning. Great large, clear pictures. Heavy glossy paper. Takes you through the entire process of buying equiptment, where to buy metal, and how to start welding. Has many great safety tips. I did notice the author says to never remove the blade guard on your grinder, but all pictures in the book show the blade guard removed. (maybe for clarity?) Excellent descriptions of the differences between using flux core wire or using plain wire with gas.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the hobbyist 16 Sep 2014
By Mike G. - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're looking for a book that's going to teach you to become a professional welder, this is probably not it. If you're a hobbyist/tinkerer looking to add another skill to the arsenal, it's perfect.

It has a little bit of everything from an overview of the processes and history to safety, buying equipment/materials, and most importantly how to set up and use your machine. It even has a couple of projects at the end to hone your skills.

The writing moves quickly enough to keep your attention span... the author provides enough information to do the job without getting too technical. He offers little anecdotes and uses terms and descriptions that make sense to people without a technical background in welding. Again, probably not the best for someone wanting to do this professionally, but that's not the intention.

The pictures come across as a big advertisement for Miller at some points. I'm not sure if Miller actually sponsored the book or if the author just happens to prefer their products, but you'll see their name everywhere. Didn't really bother me much. My one HUGE issue was the fact that many of the pictures showed the author using an angle grinder without a guard. Having known people who have been injured by discs coming apart and seen what they can do, it made me cringe a bit to see. I do remember at one point however the author (perhaps an editor added it?) mentioned you should never remove the guard. Might be a little bit of "do what I say, not what I do" sort of thing. I say use it.

Al in all it's a great book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for learning the mig technique 11 July 2014
By JT - Published on Amazon.com
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In the first cruise through I found a tip that has helped me weld much better. That alone was worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
By james m hawkins - Published on Amazon.com
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read it all, very good
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