What’s the most common first project for newbie welders? A welding cart. A really crappy welding cart. So why not save your self some dough — and hassle — by picking up a cheap one like this Clarke for around $50? You can always build the second most common first project instead: a BBQ grille.
This cheapo cart like is made from steel — just like your first one would be, but without the over-engineered 1/4″ battleship plating — and features a top shelf to fit small MIG welders and a bottle bracket in back. The whole thing rolls on 7-1/2” rubber wheels with casters in front.
With one of these you’ll not only work your first project without worrying about killing your neighbors with an A-Team-style bottle launch, you’ll also learn one of the most valuable lessons a noob welder can learn: some things are cheaper to buy than make.