The pillars are welded in place. The bottle jack has several weld spots around the base to hold it in place. I didn’t run a solid bead around the jack since I don’t think it needed it and I didn’t want to cook the seals. Also, if this thing was a bust, I wanted to be able to cut the jack loose and salvage it.
Notice I’ve added a 1/4” square piece of steel on the bottom of the top beam. I did this to spread the pressure from the points.
Sitting on top of the jack is a round piece of 01. I’ll taper the ends, cut it in half and weld one point to the jack and the other to the piece of steel I added just above it. Confused? Keep reading...