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How To Weld (Motorbooks Workshop) Paperback – August 25, 2008
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Todd Bridigum is a welding instructor at Minneapolis Community Technical College. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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When I first decided to learn to weld I just wanted to be able to put two pieces of metal together and have them not come apart. After reading Todd's book I have so much more appreciation for certified welders and the jobs they do. This book will teach you the finer points of developing a good weld without trying to make you a certified welder. It strikes an excellent balance between a cursory overview of welding and a full technical manual. This is exactly what every home/hobbyist welder wants.
After giving a full lecture on all the different types of welding and the geometry of the weld (with tons of great color photos and drawings) , Todd sets up detailed welding exercises specific to each type of welding technology - accompanied by yet more pictures. This is some excellent instruction! There are also plenty of sidebars with excellent, more technical, information that will keep this book useful as a reference for years to come as well.
If you are new to welding you will not be disappointed with this book.
My one critique item would be that on page 42 he talks about "CJP" without defining it. I had to turn to Google to figure out that it means "Complete Joint Penetration". He eventually defines it eight pages later on page 54, but it would certainly provide more continuity to have it defined when it is first used.
I am nothing but a rank amateur hobbyist at welding, but I recently acquired a fairly good welding machine, able to handle FCAW, GMAW, GTAW and SMAW...all of which I knew nothing about before I read this book.
After reading this book I gathered up the tools, supplies, and materials recommended in this text. Before I fired up my new welder. I followed Mr. Bridigum's detailed safety recommendations, read and annotated the relevant chapters several times. I threw away the hand held face shield that came with the welder, bought a good, auto darkening helmet, and proceeded to make my first arc welds with flux cored wire. My first welds were not pretty, but once I got started, the illustrations and guidance in this book helped me critically evaluate my welds and improve them. Professionals would probably laugh at my attempts, but I am not the least embarrassed by the quality of my welding, and I am proud of my progress as well as my improved knowledge of the characteristics of metals, their uses, and the techniques used to shape, join, and form them into various structures.
More importantly, I have learned enough to avoid setting the garage afire or injuring myself or my family.
I am excited to add welding to my set of skills and am looking forward to building a go-kart with my kids this summer.