Whether you’re the handyman or you’re buying for one, sometimes it helps to have a little guidance into what to get that special person who mends, makes, or breaks everything they get their hands on. The great folks at Molten Metal Works (us) got your gift guide together.
First off: GIFT CARD
Eazy-Peazy. You can let them decide what to go for with an MMW gift card that can be used for anything here: classes, open shop time, steel or safety gear. The gift card also makes scheduling easy, because the recipient can choose when to schedule her/his class. Get one here.
Fun lover/Collector of experiences: Friday Night Taster Class ($80)
Learn the (very) basics of a bunch of different welding tools in this fun, Friday night class making a cowbell and a bunch of sparks. Link here
Wants to Weld: Intro MIG ($180)
A six-hour hands-on class teaching you the basics of welding using a wirefeed/MIG welder. Great for making sculpture, making or fixing gates, or building furniture and car projects. Link here
Creative or Artisitic: Calder Mobiles or Oxyacetylene Sculpture ($405)
Six 3-hr classes covering either how to make mobiles like Alexander Calder or how to use a 6000* flame torch to heat up, bend, and melt steel to make sculpture. Guaranteed that they’ll learn new techniques for expressing new ideas (and watching cold hard steel turn into liquid lava is always fun). Link to Calder, Link to Oxyacetylene Sculpture
Serious Car Person: Intro TIG ($235) then Advanced TIG ($480)
TIG welding is not the fastest, easiest, or the cheapest way to weld. But then, rebuilding your own car, motorcycle, bicycle, is not the easiest either. But if you’re going to do your own exhaust, turbo manifold, or chassis modifications, it’s gotta be TIG. If you’ve got one of these (im)practical people on your list, here you go. Link to Intro TIG Link to Advanced TIG
Learn to make any one of these projects in our classes. Firepits, barstools, side/end tables, etc. Click on the pic to learn more.
Economy: Harbor Freight $35-50 (not for TIG) http://www.harborfreight.com/welding/welding-helmets.html
Good: Lincoln Electric Viking 1840 Helmet (around $160-200) http://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-us/equipment/welding-gear/helmets/Pages/viking-1840.aspx Go try it on at Airgas though because some people (me) prefer the fit of Miller better.
MIG/Wire Feed Welder
Economy: Lincoln 140HD $524 http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lincoln-Electric-Weld-Pak-140-HD-Wire-Feed-Welder-K2514-1/100670934
good for 1/8″ and below (most smaller household projects)
Good: Miller 211 $1100 https://www.millerwelds.com/equipment/welders/mig-gmaw/millermatic-211-mig-welder-m30024
Super Economy: Harbor Freight Welding Table http://www.harborfreight.com/adjustable-steel-welding-table-61369.html
Good: Make your own in our Make Furniture Class (class $405 plus around $300-450 in steel). You could do it in your own shop if you have the space, but it’s way easier to make the table dead flat using our already flat welding tables.