Welding Wednesdays: Midterms

So, today Maurice challenged me to identify the work he did for his welding midterm. Here is my guess:

Turns out, I was right!! The one that is circled is Maurice’s. I knew it by its clean lines, smooth edges, straight alignment, and it’s not full of bubbly over-welded crap!!

Like I said, he takes pride in his work! And I take pride in my man 🙂

Good job B!


Welding Wednesdays: 2nd Semester

Last week marked the beginning of the 2nd semester of welding school, and Maurice is off to a running start!

Mig 1G with perfect root pass

Mig 1G first pass

Finished cap on Mig 1G

Finished TIG butt weld (end to end with a 1/8" gap)

Looks like he’s well on his way to straight A’s, just like last semester! But most importantly, he’s totally enjoying it which makes both of us happy 🙂

Welding Wednesdays: I’m a real fan of your work!

Last week Maurice asked me to send him a picture of the tail fin from my favorite airplane, so I sent him this:

my favorite airplane, the boeing 787 dreamliner

I would love to fly on it someday, hint hint!!

Then he started sending me these pictures:

hmm, what to build next?

first things first.

these go on the top and bottom.

clamping them together in preparation for welding

What is it? Well, turns out Maurice really likes the windmill my parents have in their backyard, so he decided to build one for us! School credit + garden decor = score!

the first louver goes on

...then the rest

So at what point does the 787 Dreamliner come in?

any guesses as to what this is? 🙂

that's right, the tail fin from my fave 787 is going to be the tail fin on the windmill!

the tail fin being welded together

then the tail fin gets sanded and polished

I’ll be sure to share the rest as it comes together. Maurice sure is clever!

Welding Wednesdays: Bad Cabinet, Good Cabinet

One of Maurice’s pet peeves is sloppy work. It doesn’t matter how small or large the task, Maurice likes things done right and well! So it came as no surprise that he was irritated by the shoddy work of some of the other welding students who were asked to build a few cabinets for a local company. The company donated the materials with the agreement that the students would do the work – a win/win situation for both parties.

The other students built the first shelf; however, when Maurice saw the poor quality of the first shelf, he not only jumped in to fix it, but he built the 2nd shelf as well to ensure high quality craftsmanship. I love that about Maurice!

the bad cabinet - poorly tacked and welded

mr. wojcik and another student discussing the project

john (a "quality worker") tacking the shelf


finish welding the frame after checking for square

grinding the seam weld

the final "good" product

Well done, guys!!


Welding Wednesdays: 7018

I’m having trouble thinking of anything clever to say in this post. So I googled “7018” and this is what I came up with:

July 1 – Canada Day (Canada)
July 1 – July Morning (Bulgaria)
July 1 – Republic Day (Ghana)
July 1, 2008 –  At least 38 people die as a motorised ferry sinks in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta; Starbucks announces that it will close 600 underperforming coffee shops in the United States; a man stabs five people to death in Shanghai; state of emergency declared in Mongolia…

So to all my pals in Canada, Bulgaria, Ghana, Myanmar, and Mongolia, this one’s for you (because I know you are totally interested).

flux core mig 2f

vertical up 3 passes with 7018 rod


overhead 3 passes with 7018 rod

Welding Wednesdays: Mig 2F, Butt Weld with .45 Flux Core A, and other things I don’t understand

I know these posts might seem dull to most but they’re meaningful to me. I’m enjoying documenting Maurice’s progress through school, and even more, I’m enjoying his happiness as he emails me pictures of things he’s working on, talks about school, studies… seeing him happy is the best!!! Hopefully he’ll look back on these and go “wow, I worked my tail off, and it was worth it!” – good work, dear!

mig 2f

overhead 4f mig

from Maurice:  “I am now moving on to flux core:) here is an over head 4F picture of my last mig weld;)”

See how excited he is? 🙂

butt weld with .45 flux core A

edge weld flux core A plus