Much credit to JonW as my plans are heavily based on his brew stand!
I'll be posting pictures as I go along and try to describe any issues I run into and how I resolve them.
Plans are below (designed in SketchUp Free) .I am using 14 guage 1 1/2" steel tube. I just started tacking the top together, I'll post a picture of that next. This is my first welding project.
Welder: Nothern Tool Flux Core Welder
, I bought it at $130, which was the cheapest I had ever seen it go, it is even cheaper now at $120! This welder isn't a high quality name brand welder, but it has tons of positive reviews. If you are patient you can wait until they have reconditioned ones available, they were selling for $99 before.