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First Tig Welds

05-25-2009, 04:40 PM
Here are some of my first tig welds. Some are pretty decent. The really crappy ones I had to much of a gap between the pieces which made things tough. I also found welding on the peaks easier than the fillets. I need a bunch more practice to get it right every time.




05-25-2009, 05:12 PM
Not a bad start Matteh. You will be making the great beads before you know it.


05-25-2009, 06:25 PM
I did my first TIG welds about 25 Years ago, so I can't show photos, but your's look much better than mine did!!!

12-28-2009, 06:20 PM
these look very well for ur first tig bead the second pics look cleaner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

01-07-2010, 08:57 PM
On the first picture the second bottom peak is the best.

Keep at it.

01-08-2010, 12:39 AM
You’re off to a good start. The way I was taught to do it was to start with just stringer beads on a flat plate until I was sick of it. Then butt welds and then filet welds. It seemed to be a good progression as filet welds can be discouraging, it helped me a lot. Keep it up.

Uncle Ed
01-08-2010, 03:14 AM
Are the shiny bits aluminum? Either you are much better with Al to start with (backwards from most folks) or there's some evidence of shiny surface prep yielding much better results!

01-08-2010, 06:41 AM
The welds actually look pretty good for starting out. It seems maybe you're freehanding too much, get a better rest for your tig arm which will help straighten out the beads and you might as a start walkiing the cup which tends to keep you in a straighter line, at least till you get some experience. It's a great tool, have fun and you'll be amazed how quickly you pick up the smoother style for tig...

01-08-2010, 04:19 PM
so as u go allow ur feeder hand to rest on the object u are welding to get a steadier bead?

01-08-2010, 05:23 PM
Actually if you can get to a point where both your hands are up at table height, and rather than holding your hands without support, have both hands rested on the table and it makes the flow easier for me at least. The more you can get to have all the movement at the wrist rather than the whole arm the better off you are. It's really about a steady hand, however you can do that and I find it easier to rest on something as I weld. But then again I'm old!

01-08-2010, 05:52 PM
It’s not about age, resting against something sturdy will always help and make for a better weld. The guy who taught me to weld is close to 70 shakes like crazy but can out weld anyone I’ve ever seen.

01-09-2010, 02:15 AM
does look good for the first ones good job