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Monster Garage: How to Weld Damn Near Anything (Motorbooks Workshop) Paperback – July 31, 2004
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The intro states that this book will "tell you, step-by-step how to make perfect welds every time". I didn't find that to be the least bit true. In the entire book, which has chapters on selecting equipment, prep work, gas welding, TIG welding, MIG welding, and jigging, there were NO step by steps. I don't think there is anyway you could go buy a welder and even begin to learn to use it with this book. I don't think the book should make that claim.
I liked the fact that he does not dismiss oxyfuel welding as old fashioned, but the subject is totally glossed over- there's no info on tip selection, starting a torch, startup or shutdown safety, welding or cutting techniques, etc. He offers some tips on rod selection for certain metals and fuel pressures but that's about it. If you want a good book on oxyfuel welding get Kevin Bodwitch's book.
The TIG and MIG sections are the same- there were some tips here and there that may help you in selecting equipment and torch size, wire speed, etc, but by no means is it the whole picture.
The main gripe I have with this book is the stick welding section- it's three pages! The first page completely dismisses it as a viable welding method for anything but "barbecues and angle iron". Give me a break! There's a great number of certified SMAW welders that would probably disagree with Finch about the viability of stick welding on ANY project. Just like with TIG, MIG & oxy, SMAW has limitations, but to dismiss it like was done in this book is scandalous.Read more ›
What I associate with Monster Garage is a) Jesse is a bike builder; b) the projects are mainly simple metal, sometimes some pretty big parts. In this book the focus is on welding thin section 4130, and aluminum and magnesium. This just isn't bread and butter for most folks who will respond to the title.
The book as you find it is about performance welding these high-tech/thin wall materials. And claims to introduce production techniques from NASCAR (and airframe construction), which it is said has revolutionized frame welding because new production MIG techniques are used. This is an interesting subject but again, not the focus of the kind of one-off buiding MG buider's do, or many workshop types. Where it may pay-off for the average welder is in the techniques for MIG on AL, which at least get coverage.
Also, some of the jigging information may be of value to the one-off builder, it's interesting to see airplane wings constructed on wood jigs versus some of the behemoths often used to weld simple frame parts in the small shop. A lot of weekend welders take their lead from set-ups used in production frame shops, for instance, and might get some simpler ideas here.
I'm pro stick myself, but the fact is it has little use in this environment of .065" wall 4130.Read more ›
Not much coverage of stick welding , It does say stick welding has been obsolete for aircraft welding since MIG and TIG processes were invented in 1955 and 1945 respectively.
I consider it the most valuable welding book I have ever seen, and I've read lots.
If you are a beginner and you just want too piddle around and make a trailer frame or the equivilant don't buy It.
If you actually want to make front suspension A arms for a car from 4130 tubing for 200 mph use buy it. If you actually are wanting to build an airplane frame or a serious motorcycle frame buy it.
It mostly covers MIG and TIG somewhat equally possibly leaning towards TIG , and it repeatadly points TIG's superior welds . One has to be a really really good MIG welder to even think of equalling what can be fairly easily done with TIG.
If you want information on stick welding don't buy it. There is lots of stick welding being currently on structural projects bridges and skyscraper building frames. More tons of bead d eposited every year with stick than any other process, but. . . this is because MIG doesn't work well where air currents blow the gas jacket away. Stick is largely irelivant for motorsports and aircraft welding.
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Would have been better if it actually featured Jesse James or the moster garage cast. It mainly talks about welding as it applys to aviation and racing technology. Read morePublished 2 months ago by oliver Twist
I try to avoid using the terms "bad" or "terrible" in the process of writing a review. And I am not going to use those terms here either. Read morePublished 15 months ago by TolkienFan
This is the most comprehensive and down to earth technical manual I own.Published 16 months ago by Andrew M. Rook
I am a welder by hobby and by trade. This book has even taught be stuff that I didn't know or learn in classes. It's concise and very well written! makes a great gift!Published on March 15, 2014 by djluski
this book doesn't really good detailed about welding other than show things from some different fixes. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Michael A Dixon
This is a good addition to anyones at home library.Especially for you DIY'ers. With this and Todd Bridigum's how to weld you can do all your at home jobs.Published on October 3, 2013 by andy jorgensen/obscure films
Very basic for the want a be welder. [and not very good for the new be] Looking for some new ideas to improve the skills I do have. This is not the book for me. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Jobie