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Old 08-24-13, 02:50 PM
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Newbie looking for advice

I am fairly new to working with metal, at least when it comes to welding and such. I've built plenty of stuff using nuts and bolts, but now I'm looking at making a few items out of aluminum.

I'm thinking about making a leaning post, and maybe a poling or casting platform for my boat t be bolted down to the deck.

Since it's such a small one time type project I don't see the point in spending a ton of money on a welding outfit. I was thinking of trying to braze the pieces of tubing together with brazing rods like these:
Aluminum Welding Rods - Pack of 8 Low Temperature Rods

Thoughts?
 
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Old 08-28-13, 06:17 AM
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Welding aluminum is not something I would advise as a first welding project and certainly not if doing anything structural. Welding a platform to stand on that will get bolted to a boat and subjected to vibration and other stresses needs to be welded properly. Easy to use brazing rods can stick pieces together but not with the strength of a proper welding job.

If this is just a one time project and you still want to be involved I would cut and form all the metal parts and then take them to a welder and have them do the welding portion for you. Make sure you use compatible alloys that can be welded.
 
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Old 09-06-13, 04:35 PM
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I agree with pilot. Have someone tig weld it together. Brazing won't get the penetration you need for strength.
 
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Old 09-17-13, 05:07 PM
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Find an experienced tig welder.
 
 

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