The video at the bottom of the page is the Trailer build out.
The first video shows PaulyBuilt, Inc. Fabrication projects for the year 2008.
... If you pause the video above early on, you will notice what appears to be a track torch cutting some plate steel. This is a small shop for a setup like that. It must require some planning and moving things around.
I am not sure if all the work pictured in this video is done in the little shop in this residential area, but it appears so.
That means this guy has to use his head.
You might also notice the overhead crane boom above the door for lifting heavy stuff onto the old heavy duty 1948 (I thought it was a 1950--53) heavy duty Chevy truck that tows a trailer also built by Paulybuilt Inc.
At the end of the video, you can get a peek at the trailer that Paul built to pull behind the old Chevy. in fact there is a whole video devoted to the build of the trailer at the end of this page...and its pretty awesome.
The overall vibe I get from watching this is that this guy puts quality and thought into every welding job he does. He also has the necessary equipment to get things done...flux core welder with remote wire feeder, a track torch, plasma cutter, lots of heavy duty clamps, and a platen table with hold down bucks for keeping things straight, saw horses, overhead crane... All packed into a shop that a lot of people would think was too small to do work like this.
Maybe too small for someone who doesn't have the smarts like Paul, that is.
The variety of welding jobs is impressive too. Ornamental iron, handrails, stainless steel pipe weldments, construction attachments, pipe supports, etc.
Its very impressive.
You really have to know what you are doing to even bid on welding jobs like this.
I have taken on a few projects similar to these over the years and one thing is for sure...if you misquote even a little thing like a deburring step, if really costs you because when you are doing hundreds of parts, you multiply the time it takes by the quantity and pretty soon, you realize you just made a thousand dollar mistake.
... the joys of having your own welding business.
Anyway... back to the subject. I enjoyed watching the video made by Paulybuilt Inc. and I think this guy deserves any free publicity I can give him.
Quality work should not go unnoticed.
Since Paulybuilt Inc. also makes custom made iron beds, and has a website about them, I thought I would include the link to his site.
Strong beds with a unique flair. You can check them out here...
and here is the video on the trailer build welding project.
Do yourself a favor and take the 3 minutes to watch it, its worth the time.
I send out a weekly newsletter using interesting welding videos that are on youtube and other sites.
I stumbled on your youtube videos and wrote an article. Dont worry, the article is pretty complimentary.
I would like to give you an opportunity to have some input by answering a few questions for me ...What I intend to do is include them as kind of an interview at the bottom of the article.
would you be willing to answer a few questions? I have got this article cocked and loaded and set to be promoted on Aug 24...if you could email a few days before, it would help.
Also, if i misstated anything in the article, please set me straight on corrections
here are the questions.
1. Where did you first learn to weld?
2. How did you get started fabricating?
3. Miller, Lincoln, Esab, or doesn't matter? and why?
4. What material types do you generally weld? and with what processes?
5. What advice would you give young people about entering the welding field?
Hi Jody. I must say I'm flattered by your compliments, thank you very much. The article you wrote is very accurate and I'm impressed at all the information you were able to glean from my videos. As you stated, I'm able to do most of my projects in my little shop. On occasion I get something too big to build there, so usually I'll build what I can of the project at my shop and then take it to my Dad's place for final assembly, but I've only had to do that a couple of times. I'd say that the only thing you could possibly change in your article is that the year of my truck is a 1948.
Here are the answers to your list of questions.
1) When I was six years old my Dad gave me a little 110v Lincoln buzz box, brand new. Not an inverter type, this was over thirty years ago, a transformer. The thing is so weak it'll barley run 1/16" - 6011, but I didn't know any better at the time. My Dad showed me how to strike an arc and weld and such, but as with most things you can only be shown so much. You kind of have to teach yourself. So I struggled and struggled, but finally after what like seemed like weeks, I could run a bead with the thing. Nothing pretty though, but that was the start. So I was taught finesse right from the beginning. You can imagine the surprise I got when I graduated up to the big welders.
2) Not long after learning how to weld I was putting stuff together. I remember one of my first projects was a set of wheelie bars for my Honda ATC 70. Pretty crude stuff, but I was learning and having fun. From there it seemed like I was always building something.
3) My main welder is a Miller XMT. I really like it because it so versatile. I can run wire, stick, tig, a spool gun, etc. with just one machine. The only thing it won't do is AC. I also have a little 110v Lincoln wire feed and a Miller gas drive. I guess I don't really have a preference. All three of those manufacturers build quality machines. But the welding store I buy from just down the street has excellent service on the Miller products and consumables, so that probably the biggest reason I use Miller.
4) I typically use carbon steel and some stainless steel. With the carbon steel it all depends on the project as to the welding process. If it's structural and built in my shop, then typically I'll use flux core with CO2. If it's an ornamental project or a handrail project, then I'll use hardwire with 75/25. I'll typically use stick out in the field. With stainless I'll use hardwire with trimix or stick, depends.
5) Learn and master stick welding first. That way you'll appreciate wire welding much more when you learn that process. But most of all learn and know the process you are working with. Be able to understand the the difference between 6011, 7014, 7018 and why. Understand what the different gases and wires are used for and why. Learn how the the stick welding process works, compared to the wire welding process, compared to the tig welding process. There is lots of information out there explaining it all, so take the time to sit down and learn it. And remember, there is much more to making a good weld than striking and arc or pulling a trigger. And there is much more to being a good welder than being able to make a good weld.
Thanks again Jody. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.