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cross6
02-28-2005, 09:15 PM
I was looking into making a little money on ths die with my welder since welding is a hobby -


I'm not expecting to get rich, just to help fund my equipment and etc.



What are good profitable projects?

Go Karts?

patrickmcveigh
02-28-2005, 11:20 PM
If you say it is a hobby, expect it to stay as such I'd imagine. Most good paying jobs will require certifications, and most odd jobs won't pay much.

If there was any money to be made, my bet would be in headers and intakes for import cars. Buy a good one, make some dimensional copies and fire up eBay. I'd just enjoy the work your neighbours will soon find for you, they always do. :cool:

mrc
02-28-2005, 11:42 PM
A couple of things to watch out for:

1) If you start doing your hobby for money you risk turning your hobby into work.

2) Don't do anything where there might be liability issues if your welds fail. You might be the best welder in the world, but if there would be liablity issues if your welds fail, you just have to carry liability insurance for that.

With #2 in mind, I would consider go carts a no, Exhaust headers is probably okay although im sure that many here can come up with scenarios for almost anything.

Mike

welderdave10
02-28-2005, 11:58 PM
I think ornamental iron fences and gates,also garden items such as a trellis or garden sculptures are good projects to sell at flea markets.

49degreesnorth
03-01-2005, 12:52 AM
Anyone out there pound out a product for a living? I have to think that on this board someone would be support themselves with an object they weld. 'course, they ain't gonna tell YOU they's gettin' rich on fireplace pokers... :D Don't need the competition. :rolleyes:

Chris

afortier
03-01-2005, 05:27 AM
What do you consider a little money? I know guys (semi-hobbyists) who put about two-three solid weekends into ornamental coffee tables, then sell the things for around $400. They seem happy with it. I know I wouldn't be tho.

I'd have to agree with everyone else here tho ... you risk ruining your hobby when you start making money with it. I know I did.

Soldier Boy
03-01-2005, 05:44 AM
I'm also a hobby welder and I've made picnic tables and BBQ pits out of old hot water heaters. I'm in the Army and I would always sell these two items on post like hotcakes. I'm currently deployed and I really miss welding but I should be home in about 3 months. I can't wait to start welding again. ;)

bcraytor
03-01-2005, 05:54 AM
Welding a great hobby... tough livin' , (but great folks and mostly fun). Read an article where a Cessna 170 had the exhaust header/manifold welded on. pinhole in weld shot hot gasses over fuel line. Melted fuel line, started fire and burned plane. :mad: Life is full of liabilities. Just gotta be prepared to deal with them. A good homeowners policy or general liability policy will help protect you from lifes little contingentcies. If it turns into a regular job, make certain to get commercial insurance. I know a lot of folks that run barefoot. (No coverage) But if your runnin' barefoot, it might be advisable to avoid running over broken glass.

As far as projects that sell, go to the flea markets and malls and look in the stores like Hobby Lobby or the bare wood furniture stores. Try to duplicate wood projects in steel. If you have any local art galleries, a gander in there won't hurt. Artwork is individual. Good artwork will appeal to a lotta folks and sell faster. The other thing is its amazin' what those folks will pay for something called art.

cross6
03-01-2005, 08:12 AM
Whoah guys I'm simply talking about some simple projects that I could sell to help offsett some of my personal project costs -


Not talking making cessna frames or anything :p

Icemanrulz
03-01-2005, 09:21 AM
I have built 2 brush guards for guys..that saw mine and asked "where did you get that?"
Since it is fun the time does not count right? I got $400 for one and $700 for the other.
I used : band saw, pipe bender (did not have my tubing bender yet) compact bender, and plasma cutter....oh on lots of grinding.

Planing on making some pre-runner bumpers or light bars for trucks, or ATV's.
Steve

timw
03-01-2005, 09:29 AM
you don't say where you are located but around here they use landscape trailers with all kinds of racks to hold their equipment. Check with local lawnmower shops and see what they are selling. Northern Hydrolics has some listed in their catalogue. They are pretty basic welding and cutting.

cross6
03-01-2005, 10:13 AM
you don't say where you are located but around here they use landscape trailers with all kinds of racks to hold their equipment. Check with local lawnmower shops and see what they are selling. Northern Hydrolics has some listed in their catalogue. They are pretty basic welding and cutting.


That's a good idea, lots of lawn care business' around here - maybe scout out some old rusted boat trailers and convert them to hold lawn equipment.

clperformance
03-01-2005, 04:53 PM
I've done a little work around here to make some money offsetting tool prices. ie, exhaust work, patch panel body work, motor/tranny mounts, supports and brackets stuff like that. I've been able to pay off both my o/a setup and my millermatic by doing piddly, easily fabricated stuff that ranged anywhere from cost of material to $250.

I'm hoping I can start to pay off my tig soon but if it has to wait it going to wait. Everything I listed doesnt' have much liability involved except for maybe the motor/tranny mounts but they were constructed to minimize liability, on my part at least.

Everything seems to carry liability now though. **** what if one of the brackets I made on my car to hold my radiator comes of and the radiator falls underneath my wheel as I'm doing 140mph down the 1/4mile? If I thought about and followed through on all the "what if's" in this world, I wouldn't even be able to leave my house.

When you stop having fun with your hobby and it becomes weekend work thats when you know its time to quit for while.

gagiii
03-01-2005, 05:05 PM
I'm building racks, baskets, and dog boxes for 4 wheelers.hope to have some pictures to post soon.

Roospike
03-01-2005, 06:02 PM
The best things to make money welding/building is............What do you want? What would you like to have? What are some stuff that you would like or friends would like and just cant find or is hard to find! Think about that and you will come up with lots of things! Thats what i did and pays off well. Forget candle holders. I see thousands of them for a dime a dozen , seems to be the first idea. There was another post that someone did a steel coffee table ( oh- yeah ! another coffee table ) But when i opened the post..........WOW, now that a coffee table ya just see every day ! Now i know i cant just go out and buy one at Wal-Mart or anywhere for that matter so now if i want one i would have to buy one from him. ( if not being a welder )

Albin
03-01-2005, 06:19 PM
I'm also a hobby welder and I've made picnic tables and BBQ pits out of old hot water heaters. I'm in the Army and I would always sell these two items on post like hotcakes. I'm currently deployed and I really miss welding but I should be home in about 3 months. I can't wait to start welding again. ;)


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Spider
03-01-2005, 06:42 PM
Because you make money doing something you like doesn't mean it's still not a hobby. I know alot of welders who love welding and do it for a living. If you like it do it. If you can make money doing it, heck, why not.
Some projects you can make depenedning on your welder and tools of course.

4x4 parts such as truck bumpers, tire carriers, skid plates etc. a good site for those to give you an idea is here http://wrangler.kicks-***.net/ join some 4x4 sites and you'll find lots of people in your area looking for fabricators to make bumpers and such.

You can make burblar bars, garden furniture, picture frames and other stuff
Good luck

bcraytor
03-01-2005, 07:43 PM
Whoah guys I'm simply talking about some simple projects that I could sell to help offsett some of my personal project costs -


Not talking making cessna frames or anything :p
Didn't mean to imply you were making Cessna frames. Prior post said something about low liability and making exhaust manifolds. Just wanted to point out that even exhaust mani's have potential for liability. But so does living! Like my sig line says We will never get out of it alive. So ENJOY! Remainder of my post shows potential products that sell. Anytime your trying to sell, you need a market to buy it. Not worth your while to build a bunch of stuff that just sits there. You wanna sell it. There is some lady welder here locally that does nothing but weld up little artsy fartsy stuff and for less than $5.00 of metal to make a two foot high ornamental cross she gets $75. Man... that stuff is easy. She doesn't even coat it.... goes for the a la naturale rust color. Some doctor's wife is buying it and stickin' it in her yard. One of the guys here posted a heart with a cross made outta some 3/8" rod and showed where he got the idea. A home decorator web site that had that wall decoration stuff. Again... $75 for 8 foot of bent and welded metal and a little grinding and some paint. I like the trailer welding, exhaust manifolds, exhaust systems get your hands dirty stuff and dig in deep. I didn't mean to discourage you. Oh, and by the way, if you fabed a bracket for your auto's radiator and it came off and caused an accident well, you'd probablly be covered with your regular auto insurance anyway.
I'm on your side...
Best regards,

Bartman

P.S. Hope you share your successful projects. Might give us others an idea or two.
P.S.S. Please excuse the spelling... Brain locked up on me.

mking7
03-01-2005, 08:05 PM
I'm building racks, baskets, and dog boxes for 4 wheelers.hope to have some pictures to post soon.

As the owner of a bird dog, I can tell you that if someone had a decent aluminum dog box that didn't cost an arm and a leg, you would have a gold mine....

Spider
03-01-2005, 08:12 PM
wtf is a bird dog?

Spider
03-01-2005, 08:17 PM
Ah nevermind I looked it up :p
Never knew there were dogs called bird dogs, wonder if there are cash dogs, dogs that retrieve cash...... :confused:
Sorry to poop on yer thread :D

afortier
03-02-2005, 04:22 AM
My commercial product liability insurance is only $600 a year for $1M coverage. $50 a month isnt bad for peace of mind. Something to consider if you do build anything that assumes liability.

cross6
03-02-2005, 09:25 AM
My commercial product liability insurance is only $600 a year for $1M coverage. $50 a month isnt bad for peace of mind. Something to consider if you do build anything that assumes liability.


Wow that's not bad at all