Make a pine welding machine cart
Take a look at what's available and you will find there's not much available when it comes to a welding machine cart for the DIYer. Not to mention the fact that what is available is pretty expensive. In this article we show you how make a welding cart for your welding machine out of PAR pine and a couple of PVC and copper pipes.
Dave Wirth needed a welding cart for his new welder - one that he could roll around and contain all his welding gear in one organized, mobile cart. Not liking the flimsy metal designs he saw, so he made his own welding cart using PAR pine and a few inexpensive accessories. Because all welding machines are different, you will need to modify the design of the cart to fit your own welding machine, but other than that, the design can be pretty much the same.
Rather than just using butt joints nailed together, Dave I tried making some lap joints. If you don't have a table saw you can cut lap joints using a handsaw. Here are all the pieces used for the project laid out. The frame is made using standard 20 x 150mm and 20 x 200mm PAR pine that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse, as well as the PVC and copper pipe that you need. The pieces were glued and nailed together.
For mobility, you will also need four medium-weight castors to be able to move the cart around.
Here is the assembled cart. You can see how the copper pipe fits together. I just drilled part way through the boards with a spade bit and slid the pipe into place. The rounded boards at the bottom are for a fire extinguisher and blowtorch that will be strapped to either side of the cart.
A piece of PVC pipe attached to the side of the cart will be used to store the welding tip. It's possible that it may melt if I put it in there right after welding, so you will need to let the tip cool down before packing away.
There's also some steel brackets added to make it easy to wrap the cords and pipes around. You can't have too many hooks for things like the cord, mask and gloves! After filling in gaps with wood filler and sanding smooth, the pipe was wrapped with masking tape before applying wood primer. Two coats of Plascon Velvalgo were applied in a bright red.