Cool Welding Projects You Can Do At Home
(And Even Make Some Money On The Side!)
There are several difficulties when it comes to making money from welding, though. For starters you have to have the money for the initial outlay, as you’ll need to buy the materials that you need to weld. This can work out as being expensive, especially if you’re selling your wares cheaply.
That’s where the second difficulty comes in. Do you go for making and selling small, inexpensive items that you can sell quickly and easily, or do you choose to make larger products for a niche market which will be harder to sell but will bring in more money? Which is more important: a quick turnover or high profits? Ultimately that’s a decision that only you can make.
Whichever road you decide to go down, I’ve got some great ideas for items which can all be made pretty simply. Some of them are cheap and cheerful, while some are slightly more complex and should only be tackled once you’ve honed your skills.
Many of the welding projects below can be found in this book from Amazon. It’s mainly for beginners and includes detailed instructions while being very easy to follow.
10. Car ramps
Garages, car businesses and individual vehicle enthusiasts are the perfect customers to buy a set of sturdy car ramps. There will be occasions when either the front or back end of a vehicle needs to be lifted up slightly, so by welding a custom-made set of ramps for each specific client, you can tap right into the market of people who love to work on cars.
Small cars will only need a small set of ramps; larger off-road vehicles will need fairly large ramps; the biggest vehicles will require something even more substantial. Of course, this means that you’ll be able to price them accordingly. The bigger the ramps are, the more you can charge.
Car ramps will be relatively expensive to make – not to mention the fact that they’ll be pretty heavy – but by customizing them as per the customer’s requirements and selling them to businesses, you should be able to make a comfortable profit.
9. Tables and stools
Tables, stools and chairs can be huge money-spinners if you’re willing to put in the time and effort. These are not the kinds of projects which should be attempted by beginners as they’re pretty complex to make, but I’m pretty sure that any experienced welder can handle tables and stools with ease.
Luckily, this is one area which has a very wide, open market, especially as welded tables and chairs can look great both indoors and outdoors. Flex your creative muscles to come up with loads of different styles and designs – or even create something totally unique for a specific customer.
This kind of business works really well if you set it up on a commission basis. Finding buyers for individual items that you make will be an uphill struggle, but by only making pieces for people who really want them – who commission them to be made from you – you’re guaranteed a sale at the end of it. These pieces might take a while to finish, and they probably won’t be the cheapest for you to make, but if you’re good at what you do you’ll soon see the big bucks rolling in.