After teaching hundreds of hours of welding classes at TechShop I have found that students have a hard time remembering some of the steps to get the machine set up. This instructable is to serve as a guide for people that have passed my TIG welding class but need a bit of a refresher on how to set up the machine.
NOTE: This instructable is not meant to replace the TIG welding SBU at TechShop Menlo Park, it is merely here as a supplement for those that have already taken and passed the class.
Once you have set up the machine properly you are one step close to welding a watertight cube like the one in the picture!
Step 1: Getting ready to get ready
1) Get the welding cage open. If you can find a staff member roaming the shop ask them to open the welding cage. If you can't find anybody, the front desk will be happy to page the appropriate staff member for you.
2) Grab the TIG kit, a pair of TIG welding gloves, an auto-darkening helmet, the TIG calculator, a cleaning brush (specific to your metal) and any other things that you need to complete your TIG welding project.
3) Fill in the tool check out form on the clipboard. Make sure to check the TIG box before filling out the tool checkout.