This is one of the projects that I’m working on right now that I am still planning on working on until the weekend. I’m almost done, but I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do next. I’ve been meaning to do some welding for quite some time, but I’ve always wanted to work with aluminum, so that’s what I’m doing now.
Ive been welding all over the place. Mostly aluminum, but also a bit of steel. Ive learned a lot about welding over the years, and Ive met a lot of really nice people. It’s just that Ive always wanted to work with metal, and now Ive found a project that I feel is the perfect fit. Ive done two projects that I think are worth sharing here.
First is a project done with my dad and the help of a friend. It was a project to put a clamp on a piece of ground, and then clamp the ground back in place. The project took a lot of practice, and the ground is quite hard, so there probably wasn’t many mistakes. If I had to do it again, I think Im definitely going to learn from the mistakes.
The second project is a little more difficult. A friend and I did it together, and Ive learned a lot, but Im still not fully comfortable with it. It seems to me that the best way to work with a piece of metal is to start by heating it up, and then to hold it with a clamp, then to get the heat to melt and fuse the two pieces together.
I know this is a bit of a long winded summary but this is what I learned. A metal clamp consists of a flat plate to hold the two pieces together, and a flat board to hold the ground on which to clamp the hot piece of metal. The second piece of metal to be welded is heated in the same way so that the entire clamp melts and fuses with the other two pieces. You can see one of these two pieces in the video above.
A metal clamp is, in fact, a heated metal rod that you clamp on the ground and heat up.
This is something I learned while putting together my ’05 Nissan Skyline Skyline GT-R. I had the exhaust ground on the stock exhaust (not the exhaust of the GT-R), and I had a pair of clamps (with a length of 2.5 inches) welded to it. The two pieces are welded together with the flat sides of the clamps facing directly towards each other. The ground is held on with 4-inch-long stainless-steel screws.
The ground clamp is a very simple invention. The only things that you need to do is heat the metal rod and then hold it with a screwdriver. The reason you might want to do this is because you can clamp a couple of plates together in a way that you can drill holes through them if you want to screw them together.
This was one of those things that really surprised me. As a developer, I’m always looking for new ways to get my hands dirty, and I’m always trying to find new ways to make things as efficient as possible. Welding is a relatively simple thing to do, so I guess it shouldn’t be that surprising that I’ve found something that I can do.
I think it’s a great way to keep the plates together. Although, it is very likely you will end up drilling through them anyway.