Taking the advice from the "I want to start frame building" thread, I dug out my welding gear and decided to start practicing running beads. As expected, I suck. On this piece I used a neutral flame and pretty thin filler rod. I prepped by grinding a chamfer on the edges to be joined. after tacking the ends of the two steel straps, I tried to preheat the work piece until red/molten, then add filler. on the left hand side I pulled towards the middle. on the right hand side I pushed towards the middle.
obviously the bead is inconsistent and ugly. I also didn't get great penetration. (you could still see the gap between the straps on the back side)
Anyone have advice on how I can improve this?