Okay the DIY welder is coming along, I almost have the first transformer ready to test. I have to say though this project is for those of us that have more time than money, because I think if I paid myself minimum wage it would have been cheaper just to buy a cheap welder from the start. But like most of my questionable projects, I am at the stage of doing it to prove it can be done. The theory is sound, and I have a few nay sayers, not including those who have chimed in on the forum. I even have a lead on some "free" welding/safety supplies so this project might come together sooner than later.