As I've mentioned before, I'm a wooden toy maker/wood worker and pretend wood turner. Since recently aquiring a small workshop area (3m by 3m shed) just for metal work, I decided to make a few tool rests for my wood lathe.
The steel was cut to size (the bent piece was already that shape) and then cleaned - wire brush/grinder and arc welded (?stick welded??) to a bolt that fits my lathe banjo.
The top two piccies are of the same rest - about 200mm on the longest side. The bottom left is a small T rest of about 100mm and the long doodad rest is about 350mm long - allows me to turn a wand without moving my banjo - yeah, I'm lazy
When I welded each piece I also ground back the welds to check to make sure that I had plenty of melted steel (forgot the correct terminology) - welder friend of mine suggested it. He said if I do that often enough I'll turn into a decent welder rather than the best metal grinder
Anyhoo, enjoyed myself playing with a welder. A bit addictive, non?