Excerpt from Popular Mechanics: Shop Notes, Volume 16,
Welding Mask Made from a Metal Bucket
serviceable welding mask may be made in a few minutes from an
ordinary bucket. One of 3-gal. capacity is the best size. A
rectangular hole, 6 in. by 4 in. is cut in its side, as shown.
Over the hole two pieces of colored glass, each 3-1/2 in. by
4-1/2 in. are placed, so that the long edges will meet at the
vertical center line of the hole. The two pieces should form
an obtuse angle with each other so as to conform as nearly as
possible to the curvature of the pail. The glasses are held in
place by metal clips soldered inside the bucket. Several holes
should be drilled in the bottom for ventilation. A hat, or cap,
is worn to act as a pad for the head, the bucket being worn
inverted and in such a position that the operator looks through
the colored glass while welding.
Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published
in 1920. It describes what was recommended in accordance with
the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please
consider this fact.