Originally Posted by wind_magic
I don't know. Welding doesn't cost much, 50-150$us/hr. Welding something as simple as Swain is writing about shouldn't take very long to do as long as you know what the design is and have it all marked out. Of course if you want the welder to do all the thinking for you (design) then sure it'll cost a lot of money, but if all s/he is doing is cutting where you say cut and welding, not so much.
You're not seeing the big picture.... It isn't just the act of welding, but all the items you knew to select to assemble, then being ready and able to put it all together including the welding portion, is way beyond the majority of people out there.
So, just because YOU can do this doesn't mean that everyone should expect to be able to, at the costs you are coming in at.
Not trying to make an argument, just pointing out most people aren't so "handy" and so knowledgable about the various resources available.