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Would it be a bad idea to not weld/torch/grind in my small woodshop? My first hesitation is that I wouldn’t want to get a bunch of burn marks on my newly finished roubo bench (i know it’s a WORKbench) also maybe burn marks on other pieces of wood I have laying around. Possibly easy to start a fire with all the sawdust? Thoughts on this or should I just figure out an out door setup91799F18-B88E-427C-8C3B-CB6E9454FF75.thumb.jpeg.021ecfa8432b2a365c57ac31aa890658.jpeg

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Agreed, combining both in such a tight space is asking for trouble. If you really need to weld in the shop, try to clear at least 3 feet around your weld point of any combustible materials. And that means no welding on the Roubo. A steel table is best for welding.

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I have a good size shop and but Id worry about starting a fire welding and grinding so I'm stuck doing it outside.  It would make a mess also.    I sometimes get stuck fixing cars in my shop and don't like doing that in there either. Be best to do your welding outside when its nice out. 

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Yes.  Very bad idea.  Maybe TIG welding, but all the prep would need to be done somewhere else, and then where will the machine, and gas bottles go?   Any other kind of welding, and it's guaranteed you'll get spatter on something in there you don't want it on.

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On top of all the valid reasons already listed any grinding dust can be hell to completely get out of woodgrain. Steel rusts. That barely visible speck can rust underneath the finish. 

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5 hours ago, Tom King said:

Maybe TIG welding

With a gun to my head, TIG would be the only welding I'd try in that shop, but even then, I've caught things on fire with TIG. 

Way too much risk with a spark flying off somewhere and smoldering without you seeing it in that tight space.   (<- Generic welding comment, not Tig specific)

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I keep them separate but I do a lot more woodworking than metal fab so it hasn’t been an issue. I weld in the garage I park my cars in just back the cars out and pull the welder into the middle of the garage.

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I don't, and never did. Whenever I needed to cut or weld metal it was done  outside my shop in the driveway. My #2 son is now a certified welder so I recently gave him my welders and metalworking tools. They're just across town in his shop now, so I do my cutting and welding in his shop now (think metal pole barn with no wood). His shop is much safer to do this in than even my driveway.

 

Charley

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8 hours ago, CharleyL said:

I don't, and never did. Whenever I needed to cut or weld metal it was done  outside my shop in the driveway. My #2 son is now a certified welder so I recently gave him my welders and metalworking tools. They're just across town in his shop now, so I do my cutting and welding in his shop now (think metal pole barn with no wood). His shop is much safer to do this in than even my driveway.

 

Charley

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I weld, grind, and use a torch in my shop all of the time (but it sounds like I am the exception). My shop is a 40x20 and has a full compliment of wood tools to build fine furniture and I  have enough space so that I can avoid welding on my wood workbench. I keep my metalworking to one corner of the shop (steel welding table, metal bandsaw, metal chopsaw, grinders, MIG & torch)

I keep a fire extinguisher in the shop and pay attention to keeping anything that is flammable out of the immediate area where I am doing metal work. The most important thing to watch is welding around any combustible or flammable chemicals. Wood is slow to burn which means you have time to deal with a fire before it gets out of hand. I always keep a bucket of water by my welding table and have never had a flare up that couldn't be addressed with a quick splash of water

That being said I don't think that you have enough space in the shop pictured unless you rearrange some things

 

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