Join a local EAA chapter. They are located in SoCal and/or Indiana. Befriend members who have built projects with a welded steel tube fuselage. Ask their opinions and get a first-hand look at what they have accomplished. As mentioned - They will probably have tube scraps to allow you to practice cutting, fitting, and welding joints. Ask one or more of them to show you the techniques they used, and you will most likely find one or more who will in effect mentor you through the process. It's really not a mystery, and if someone has done it they can guide someone else do do the same. The key is practice, practice, and more practice. Personally I use oxy-fuel exclusively and if I need something that will absolutely require minimal distortion I ask a friend to TiG weld it. That doesn't happen all that often in homebuilt airplane construction though. Mostly when welding comparatively very thick material to very thin material, where gas doesn't always work the best. And then I have a recurring worry about the penetration of the TiG bead LOL.
Re: Moore's law - does not apply to one-off "manufacturing". You are sculpting your own rendition of Michelangelo's David, or maybe a sidewalk chalk drawing, not creating a way to apply every last advancement of manufacturing and product engineering capabilities to the project. I met a guy who believed he would never be successful building a wood airplane until he acquired a CNC router to cut all the parts he would program from the printed plans. And he whined about no readily-available CNC programs for the components. I introduced him to the builder of an award-winning GP-4 who said the most important tools he used in the building process were many, many boxes of single-edge razor blades. The Sonerai is basically 1930s-1940s technology and what worked then still works, especially well for a single worker in a small workshop. Placing conditions on your process will likely result in never finishing. If it takes wrapping your head around a different mindset to get started, then that's your first step. Like I said, it's not a mystery and a lot of people have already done it. I would say the vast majority of them will be very happy to help out.
You got this!