I've been working on this for a few months now, it's been a huge learning experience! I've so far learned the basics in:
Using power saws
and advanced skills in:
Making cups of tea
spending far too much money
Justifying the money spending to the girlfriend
Ok, so on to the pics!
My first weld attempt - I bought a welder and equipment for welding, had never tried it before!
Backer elements arrived. These are a ripoff as they dont come with the cables, and when you ask for them they try to charge you over twice the amount that the element cost, just for one cable! I eventually got some on ebay for cheap.
Bought some PIDs from italy second hand
Initial design was quite complicated welding/cutting wise
Steel arrived in 3m lengths - cost £99GBP. A friend of mine helped me cut it up at his dad's workshop (hes a farmer)
First welds on the actual stand, it's 3mm thick box section and is hard to weld with a 90 amp gasless welder!
Girlfriend helped me: