Thursday, May 14, 2009

Welded tube joint (mild steel)

This is a joint which would be found on a typical bicycle. I used a 7/8" hole saw mounted in my milling machine to notch the end of a tube. It fits up against another tube of the same diameter. I TIG welded at about 80 amps with a standard #7 gas cup, 15 cfh argon, 1/16" tungsten and rod.

The tube was originally chromed, but I ground the chrome off prior to welding.

After welding, I ground one side of the weld flat. Is this structurally sound? I don't know.

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