I've finished this project.Safety Stand - ALL the pictures.
Paint is drying. Still needs a rubber pad on top.
It's not as nice as the stands Denny Graham made, but I didn't want to make him feel bad. LOL!
I butt welded 2 pipes together. The screw is not as long as my Matco stand, so the pipe had to be taller. An old release bearing makes a perfect bearing to position beneath the wingnut.
I made a novice welding mistake. When making the base, I got the round plate too hot when welding and it warped. So the base plate was warped.
To fix this, I made a relief cut. That cured the problem and then I took my time welding the relief cut closed.
I figured this project would give me a chance to practice TIG welding. I did OK when I tried to TIG the pipe - end to end. That's because it was an OUTSIDE surface weld. I tried to TIG some inside corners but that did not go well at all. That was cut apart and then MIG welded - which looked much nicer. I'll need to practice TIG some more.