I have a Lincoln AC225 welder commonly called a tombstone or cracker box welder. It’s a basic 240V stick welder. It usually sits in the corner until I have to drag it out to use it. I decided to do something about that by making a cart for it.
I came up with a simple design that has a base for the welder to sit on and an arm to hang the cords on. Gill has some thin wall (1/16″) 1″ square tubing that he said I could use a while back. I finally took him up on the offer. I also used his horizontal band saw to cut the 6 ft sections into smaller pieces.
I chose to use some post casters to simplify attaching them to the tubing. I cut the ends of two pieces of tubing at 45 degrees and drilled a hole to mount the casters.
Typically, one would use a MIG welder on such thin material. But as I only have one welder, the Lincoln, I used it for all my welding. I used some 6013 1/16″ rod and 6011 3/32″ rod. For the butt welds I thought the 6013 worked pretty well but I wasn’t happy with it in corners. For those I used the 6011. I ground on a lot of the welds while getting used to welding on the material and (as a beginner) was eventually happy with the results.
Once the cart had cooled off, I bolted the wheels to it only to find out the base had warped a little bit probably due to the heat. I shimmed the high caster with some washers to compensate though. I don’t have a picture of it, but I bolted the welder to the cart using some holes in the feet of the welder.
I pulled the wheels back off to prime and paint the cart. I used some blue spray paint I had sitting around. It was a little streaky and I’ve since touched it up to try to even out the paint. In the end though, I’m not greatly concerned about getting a great paint job on it.