Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 5, Issue 2
   November 2010
   From the Archive

Excerpt from Popular Mechanics: Shop Notes, Volume 16, 1920.

Welding Mask Made from a Metal Bucket

A 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.
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