Anyone who has TIG welded has experienced contaminating the tungsten. Whether you dipped the hot tungsten into the molten weld puddle, or touched the filler rod to the tungsten, you're guaranteed a trip to the grinder to clean up that electrode! Today, I will show you a fast and easy way to clean up and sharpen your electrode, so you can get back under the hood and lay those beads! I do all my TIG welding at TechShop in Menlo Park, CA. They have a great facility full of tools, and knowledgeable instructors to teach you how to use the machines and equipment!
Hand drill (preferably cordless)
Belt sander (optional)
Step 1: Chucking up the tungsten in your hand drill
Here are some examples of some pretty contaminated tungsten. What you wanna do now is chuck the tungsten up in the hand drill just as you would a drill bit.