I signed up for the MIG welding class at the Tech Shop http://www.techshop.ws
Frankly, welding frightened me. It was kind of like cake decorating, but with fire and electricity. I decided to suck it up, and go back the day after class to give it a whirl on my own and make something. (this tactic helps me to remember what I learn in the classes right away) What I discovered was that welding with this welder was not going to result in the project I had in mind. The wire was 18 gauge steel and the machine's chart showed steel down to 20 gauge, but the wire was too slender and the heat burned through some of the wires. Not one to toss away something that could still be useful. I opted to turn it into a recipe card holder.