Tac,Tac,Tac; What kind of welding are using, Tig, torch, torch brazing, silver solder? If you’re painting or plating the finished product, brass or silver solder will work just fine. Going to a local community college & taking a welding course should be done FIRST. With a good course the student should be able to TIG together a beer can. My dad started me brass brazing in grade school. Brass you say? Brass brazing needs to be learned first before steel welding. Another tip, Tig welders should weld with stainless alloy 308 filler rod, no more bubbles or boiling. You’d be better off with a used Miller than a new HF woop-ti-do. Practice on scrap metal is the only way to gain proficiency.