Newbie welder wannabe fabricator here...I'm also cheap...so I always look for freebies in the firewood...building wood...and now steel departments.
Roadside stuff is best.
Also an offshore fisherman, so I used to grab old railroad spikes from the trestle for weights (rubber-band them to the line, when the tuna bites, the rubberband breaks; spikes average 11 ounces around here) and actually, welding some spikes together with 6011 was my first project, worked like a charm if a bit FUGLY before I got my autodark dialled in, felt like I was playing pin the tail on the donkey
OK, so the question is, where do you cop/beg/borrow/steal steel?
I need sources. I promise not to touch your sources if you stay away from my railroad trestles...
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