Really underground garage
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: mnts of Va
Community college,find out what the eve. class schedual is and stop by,prof's are notoriously great guys and will probably weld it while you wait.And CC's are a great place to learn to weld.......an indespensible skill in the wood shop....and the farm...in the garage...ect,ect.
Next is see if you have a pro welding store local.Not box stores,a real honest to goodness,"we sell gas" welding joint.Stroll up in there and ask if theres a local retired welder who might teach you a few things.He'll not only weld it for you but probably show you how to do it......and will even bet he knows of some used welders you can get on the cheap!
There are alternatives to welding........but the effort and list of required tooling usually outweighs the above.BW