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hey I’m Chris debt for making everything
and today I’m gonna talk about how I
make money with my welder doing projects
like this check it out
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so before we get started a little bit of
an intro to this video now the project
I’m gonna be going through today is
nothing crazy it’s really not that
unique it’s these utility carts for
industrial ovens for a catering company
the point isn’t so much what I’m making
it’s the idea of building a business
using a welder and using your skills and
finding a way to sort of facilitate your
passion for making things into a way to
make money it’s a big thing a lot of
questions that come in to my email and
my DMS on Instagram are about the
business of my shop and how to kind of
get from the hobbyist level to the
professional level and most people are
envious of the tools in the space but in
reality you don’t need that complicated
of a setup in order to do jobs just like
this that can not you know make you a
millionaire but they will help you make
a little bit of extra money and at least
help pay for the tools and the materials
to do future projects so let’s get into
this and I’ll explain along the way so
this project starts off with a
considerable amount of time on the metal
cutting saw now most of this is going to
be made out of two by two by eighth inch
angle and there’s going to be a couple
of other different types of material
along the way but for the most part I’m
cutting and mitering this 2×2 angle now
a big part of making money doing work
like this is having the proper tools to
cut your material off efficiently if
you’re doing things that don’t have
miters and are a little more basic
sometimes you can get a steel supply to
cut up the material for you but in my
case it makes sense to invest in a saw
like what you just saw the steel max
which is about 400 bucks now for a
welder on this project I’m using the new
lincoln MP 140 now this is a
multi-process machine that does make TIG
stick it’s also super lightweight it’s
like under 40 pounds it’s a hundred and
ten volts it’s really an awesome machine
for anybody kind of starting out that
doesn’t need crazy thickness capacity in
their welds this was sort of an
experimental project for me using this
machine and seeing how it handled one of
my professional level jobs using both
eight inch and quarter inch thick
material now I’m clamping up my corners
with these Ollie iron corner squares
I’ve talked about these in other videos
in the past they’re fantastic I’ll put a
link down below where you can get them
you can get a pair of them for 55 bucks
they’re awesome they’re made by you know
a guy in his shop not a major company
and it’s you know it’s always good to
support those guys you’ll notice that I
put one of the pieces of angle upside
down and that will come into play later
basically the ovens that these are going
to house need to be able to be removed
and the front needs to slide off so
there’s gonna be a threaded on plate
there that’s gonna allow you to slide
the unit out and just having that piece
of hangul upside down will be really
helpful
now welding on the legs can always be a
little bit tricky you know you need to
line them up I want them to be perfectly
square in both direction and so I’m
squaring them up tacking them checking
them and welding them
so the way that I get projects like this
is you know I initially learned how to
weld when I was in college I went to an
art-based College and I learned how to
weld for sculptural purposes now
it wasn’t anything structural but every
once in a while the professor would come
by and drop your work on the floor to
see if your welds held the test you know
the quote unquote drop test nowadays I
do a lot of repair work along with
fabricating furniture so my biggest
piece of advice to people that want to
get into welding is to you know save up
some money pick up a machine and just
start MIG welding is extremely easy to
learn and there’s so much good content
here on YouTube that you can check out
but the big thing for me is getting a
MIG welder that you can use gas with the
results you’re going to get out of a gas
make welder versus a gas this one are
much better and the gasless mig welders
the inexpensive ones can be you know
really discouraging because the wells
are just such poor quality with the mv-1
40 that I’m using it’s like a great kind
of hobbyist welder because you can do
the MIG TIG and stick with it so you can
start with MIG and eventually learn how
to take on it and go all that the TIG
setup is an additional accessory that
you buy for it but even still to have
that capability in 110 volt machine is
pretty cool and the capacity on it is
5/16 which compared to the one for THD
that I normally use for 110 volt stuff
it’s actually a much better capacity so
I started in the business side of
welding doing repair work people would
bring me stuff that they broke a wheel
barrel or a hand truck and I would weld
them back together and basically see how
long they lasted until they broke again
the big thing with welding is properly
grinding out your welds and properly
grinding out your material so that when
you weld you get a good penetration and
making sure that everything stays nice
and strong now I’m not saying that you
should buy a MIG welder and go out
and try and put up a steel building the
stuff that I’m building right here is
pretty straightforward and the ovens
that are going on it only weigh about
300 pounds so it’s not like they have to
hold a tremendous amount of weight I
don’t think that anybody should get into
any sort of structural application of
welding unless they’re properly
certified and learn all about that stuff
but for little things like this I think
that a hobbyist with some good
experience can actually fabricate
something like this safely
now you’ll see I’m welding on the inside
and on the outsides of these other
vertical supports now with the frame
done and the legs on these vertical
supports are going on the back of these
carts so that when the carts are
strapped up inside of a truck the fan
housing on the back of them doesn’t get
crushed there’s also a cross bar on the
top what I’m doing here is I’m grinding
the corner of that material so that it
sits inside the radius corner on the 2×2
angle that I got from the mill most
angles gonna have that rounded corner so
if you leave it sharp on the piece that
gook goes and butts into it it wouldn’t
line up properly now I’m going in and
I’m making sure that I have nice
penetrating welds on all the corners of
this piece anything that isn’t welded on
one side is fully welded on the other
and then I get outside and I’m using a
faired Paulo fan disc and it’s really
really quick to get rid of the extra
weld that’s on there now this whole
piece didn’t have to be ground out so
sometimes when you do a welding project
you don’t want to see any welds you want
them to be ground and smooth since this
is per utility purpose I spoke to the
client beforehand and let them know that
they would be welded the you know
outside corners would be ground but the
rest of them would be left alone and
then it would be painted and here I’m
cutting up some quarter inch plate and
these are gonna be the little plates
that the caster is going on so something
like this these things need to be rolled
outside they’re gonna be rolled on grass
and grab
we went with a 10 inch pneumatic caster
that sits 12 inches off the ground I’ll
put a link to those down in the
description if you want to check them
out these things are super heavy-duty
there are 350 pounds each rated and in
order to get them drilled through onto
these plates I do a little trick for
kind of a production purpose what I’m
doing is I’m clamping together those
four pieces of quarter-inch and then
welding four pieces together and then
making another stack welding those
together and what I’ll do is I’ll head
over to the drill press and I’ll drill
these out as one 1-inch thick piece of
material and I know what you’re thinking
it’s it’s a lot for your drill bit but
if you have a properly sharpened drill
bit it’s really not that bad to drill
through one inch you just have to take
your time and use coolant you’ll see I’m
making sure it’s extra tight in the
drill chuck and I’m using a little bit
of cutting oil and cutting lubricant
which you spray on there and kind of
pack through the material now by doing
it this way I get away with only
drilling 12 holes instead of what would
be 48 holes and that’s a big difference
when you’re looking at timing now I can
head over to the grinder and run those
away and then the plates will separate
now if you have trouble separating the
plates when I find you can do is just
throw the whole stack of plates on the
ground and he’ll pop apart and break
that well so this is just kind of a
quick production way to get through
stuff like this now again talking about
this as a business you really have to
look at this as maximizing your time and
getting as much done in your time as you
possibly can so by saving on that
drilling I saved myself some time I’m
making three of these carts so it’s that
time times three it does make a big
difference and it does cut into your
bottom line when I price a welding job I
charge anywhere between 50 and $100 an
hour depending on the complexity of the
job and if I have to paint it if I have
to do any drilling there are other guys
on YouTube that talk about charging per
inch of weld on something like this it’s
I guess I could have figured it out how
much it would have been but since it was
kind of a free-form design I figured I
would just you know charge based on what
I thought it was
take per hour to make them I figured it
would be about six hours to make each
one and they each one is about three
hundred and fifty dollars in material
the casters are about fifty dollars each
plus the steel what I’m doing here is
I’m drilling in a piece of three inch by
eighth inch plate on the front and it’s
going into the bottom side of the angle
I spoke about earlier and now I’m taking
a tap and I’m tapping a quarter twenty
screw tap inside that eighth inch angle
plate the reason I’m doing that is
because when the ovens are on this if
they ever need to get to the front pilot
light they need to remove this front
piece now on the other carts that they
already have in their shop there isn’t a
removable piece and the Front’s get all
damaged so I gave the client the option
and I said listen I’ll drill and tap
these for you
just because it’ll make it so much
easier for your guys the client was
really happy with this and by avoiding
using nuts and bolts it’s really only
one part that they could lose if they
lose anything instead of having to deal
with a nut and a bolt and you get
separated so now with a Phillips head
screw they can take the sound when they
need to service it the other piece I’m
adding in is this crossbar and you saw I
just laid it across the top and traced
it and now I’m cutting it with a little
quarter band and that’s just gonna make
it so that the bottom of the oven can
never fall out if it ever were to rot or
want to sag or anything now doing
anything three times can be daunting of
doing anything ten times is worse
believe me so you know you have to
develop systems as you go in order to
make these things work efficiently so
what you’re seeing is me making the
first one as I went through so every one
I made after this was that much better
that much easier for me to make and that
much more control so the other part
about it is you know I never changed the
thickness of my material except for
welding the plates on the bottom so I
never had to change any of the settings
on my machine I set them for eighth of
an inch from this machine held really
true I didn’t have to do any adjusting
and it just went over here you’ll see
I’m putting a heavy bead of weld on the
bottom of this eighth inch plate and
that’s so that there’s no weld on the
top that’s going to interfere with the
bottom of the unit
as long as these welds are in there nice
and tight you don’t have to worry about
welding the second side of it it’s not
gonna go anywhere they’re attacked on
the top side now I do a test fit up of
the casters even though these things
still need to be painted and what I
realized here was that there was just
too much play in between the legs there
was too much torsional force and they
and they wanted to move around the last
thing I want is for somebody to be
pushing this thing hit a bump or a
garden hose and I’m one of those legs
break so what you’re gonna notice when
we cut to the next shot is that there’s
an additional piece that’s added on all
three of the carts that straddles in
between the legs and that’s a piece of
3/4 by 3/4 angle now what that does is
it really tightens up the whole assembly
and makes it so that the legs and the
boxes are that much stronger and you
know this wasn’t on the plan I
technically didn’t have to do it
but I really felt that it made a better
product and it only cost me probably 30
or 40 dollars but it’s gonna give my
clients something that they’re not gonna
have to call me back about that’s really
important if you want to do this to make
money as making sure your clients are
happy even if it cost you a little bit
out of your pocket now here I’m just
using this ridiculously large cannon
rust-oleum spray paint to paint these
things with a black enamel I gave him a
couple hours to dry and then I brought
them inside to attach the Castor’s again
these are 10 inch pneumatic casters that
sit 12 inches overall and here’s another
part of quality control when you’re
doing a project like this I chose to use
screws with a washer on top a fender
washer on the bottom a lock washer and a
nut
now that assembly is gonna be really
strong they’re not gonna vibrate out and
nobody’s gonna call me back and say hey
we lost one of the wheels you know what
kind of crappy screws did you use so
here I am just airing up the tires and
making sure everything’s gonna be good
these things are rated for 50 psi and I
get to drag the cart off this thing is
done straightforward project but you
know going from repairs to this you can
make hundreds of dollars per unit on
something like this and it’ll pay for
your machinery and everything else
all right that about does it for this
video thank you so much for watching I
hope you enjoyed it and I hope it was
informative like I said it took me a
really long time to learn how to price
and do jobs like this starting with
repairs then moving into light
fabrication making projects like this
they’re not technically complicated but
they can yield you good money that’ll
help you pay for your tools or your shop
space or whatever it is
stuff like this helps me pay my rent and
they are important to my business now I
did this whole project with the Lincoln
MP 140 which is under 800 bucks it’ll do
mig TIG and stick it’s a really cool
machine i’m excited to have it in my
shop thank you so much to lincoln for
providing me with this machine and the
other machines check out the links down
below to learn more about this and the
current promos that they’re doing for
this machine if you have questions leave
them down below I want to help answer
people’s questions about doing this as a
business I got a lot of dm’s and emails
about it and I am happy to provide that
as a resource you know like I said took
me years to figure this out and I want
to help the community figure it out a
little bit faster and maybe not lose as
much money as I have under charging for
jobs so like the video if you enjoyed it
share with friends like I said comment
down below leave me questions I want to
hear from you subscribe to my channel if
you want to see more videos like this
more fabricating videos more creative
stuff more baseline stuff if you want to
learn more about pricing and you want me
to start doing more videos on that let
me know I will be happy to provide that
to you guys I want to keep it fresh and
interesting here and I also put out a
lot of content on my Instagram right
here at make everything shop don’t
forget to check that out you can see
what I’m doing on a day to day basis
watch me struggle to get stuff done in a
timely manner by myself here in the shop
I hope you enjoyed it again I’m
Christopher make everything and I hope
to see you on the next video


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