Make a Table: Introduction to MIG Welding

Metal Fabrication

Make a Table: Introduction to MIG Welding

Make a table and learn about MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding in the process.

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 2/24/2024 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  2. Sat, 3/2/2024 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  3. Sat, 3/9/2024 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Sat, 2/24/2024 - Sat, 3/9/2024

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No Prerequisite, Class

Metal Fabrication Studio

Welding, Fused Glass, General Woodworking


Build a small and simple table of your own design, focusing on basic MIG welding and the fundamentals of fabrication from design through construction. The fundamentals covered include: 

  • Basic MIG welding technique
  • Tool use
  • Basic design and fabrication feasibility
  • Developing your design
  • Using measuring tools effectively 
  • Making a mitered square out of angle iron or experiment with bending a ring to support the top
  • Welding joints and use of clamps and jigs
  • Determining how and where to weld for structural integrity
  • Practice welding
  • Assembly  Putting it together step by step
  • Grinding, fixing flaws, and finishing 


  • Experience level: All. Designed for beginners and novices with little or no welding experience, this class also is suitable for more experienced welders.
  • Safety, tool use, design, cutting, and basic welding skills will be covered in the first class. In the second class, you'll learn about cutting, clamping and welding. And in the final session, the focus will be on final assembly, cleanup, and finishing.


You'll design and build a small table (18" X 18" or smaller). Tops can be steel, wood, slate, resin, glass, or cement  something you can work with and provide. 


A $20 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, includes everything you need except the top for your table, which you'll need to provide.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • Personal protection equipment will be provided by BARN.
  • You must wear natural fiber clothing, long sleeves and long pants, and closed toe shoes (preferably leather or cotton). No stretch fabrics.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Jodi Kelly

Jodi Kelly is a novice welder and loves to create ways to combine metal with glass and/or wood, preferably both.

Henry Sharpe

Henry is an amateur welder active in BARN’s welding shop and woodworking studio.

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