For anyone just starting out, the welding specialists recommend the following welding materials:

  • welding materialWelding Helmet: Safety always comes first and when it comes to welding, it’s no different. When picking a helmet, you’ll want to consider getting an auto darkening one, which allows for more visibility and more accuracy.

  • Welding Gloves: Another safety-first welding material is a pair of thick gloves, especially for beginners. Thinner gloves are better for precision, but if you’re just starting, choose protection instead.

  • Speed Square: Also known as a rafter square or a triangle square, this nifty tool is a must-have for welders, carpenters, and any other craftsman in need of accurate angles.

  • Soapstone: If you’re using a speed square or any other type of measuring device, you’ll need soapstone to make your markings. Unlike other markers, soapstone holds up against high heat.

  • Sheet Metal Gauge: Because the thickness of metal affects which setting to use, this tool will speed things along.

  • Welding Magnets: Incredibly versatile and available in different sizes, welding magnets are great for holding certain pieces in place.

  • Welding Clamps: WeAs useful as welding magnets are, they are no substitute for proper welding clamps. Before you tack weld anything, secure them with clamps.

  • Angle Grinder: Although it’s called a grinder, angle grinders can be fitted with different discs, so they can be used for cutting and polishing as well.

  • Grinding Face Shield: You won’t need this for the actual welding, but when it comes to grinding and cutting, you most certainly will. Metal will fly off a grinding disk whenever you use it, so be safe.

  • Metal File: Widely available and relatively cheap, a metal file comes in handy when finishing a project. While an angle grinder is preferred for larger areas, you’ll want this for smaller, finer details.

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