I purchased a Lincoln® Weld-Pak® 175HD (current model is Weld-Pak® 180HD) to do some repair work on my ATV and also for other general use around our home. After the successful completion of the ATV repair, I began looking for other enjoyable projects. Next I built a wild hog trap to use at our hunting lease and then I started making these beverage stands.
"Now whether you are lolling at the BBQ pit or at the horseshoe pit you will find these stands to be as handy as a pocket on your shirt. All that I used to build them came from one trip to the monthly flea market for assorted cast iron pieces and a stop by the home improvement store for 1/2 inch iron pipe and some 1/2 inch flat stock. After a couple hours back at my garage I was able to turn out a set of these very popular pieces.
"First I cut a 10 foot length of pipe into four 29-3/4 inch pieces. Drop each one into what my cast iron supplier calls a "large candle holder" (it is the big star with a tapered hole through the center that will serve as the base of the stand) and weld it up. Then measure down approximately 3 inches and 6 inches from the top of the pipe and mark those.
Weld two horseshoes opposite each other at the 3 inch mark and two 3 inch lengths of 1/2 inch flat stock opposite each other and directly under the horseshoes at the 6 inch mark. I found those arrow shaped magnets invaluable for holding these pieces in place until they were tacked. Now position a flat star over the 1/2 inch stock directly under the horseshoes in a fashion to serve as a shelf for your beverage can/glass. Clamp and weld those in place. Now you have fully functional beverage stands and all that is left is to attach your top ornaments.
"You will find a variety of castings to accent your stands. Find something that suits you and top off your creation with it. A little slag removal, wire brushing and your choice of finishes and you are all set for the weekend. Enjoy!"
*The above project images and descriptions have been published to show how individuals used their ingenuity for their own needs, convenience and enjoyment. Only limited details are available and the projects have NOT been engineered by the Lincoln Electric Company. Therefore, when you use the ideas for projects of your own, you must develop your own details and plans and the safety and performance of your work is your responsibility.