In this Instructable I will try to show how I made a cool back yard fire pit from some chequerplate and rebar.
The design is very simple and shouldn't be too challenging for anyone with basic welding and cutting skills.
You will notice by the pictures that I'm an absolute amateur at this, and I'm hoping that this fact will inspire other amateurs to have a go too.
I'm only going to use metric measurements in this. Sorry if you still adhere to archaic systems, but they make my brain hurt.
To make the bowl part you will need a piece of steel plate 1200mm x 1200mm. This is half a standard sheet so there is only one cut to make the initial square.
To make the stand you will need about 11m of 12mm rebar or steel bar of some sort.
Step 1: Cutting the plate for the bowl
Get out your tape measure and mark the steel plate as I have done in the sketch.
With a cutting disc cut out the corner pieces as shown.
Lightly score the fold lines on the central square. This will help you bend the plate neatly.
Step 2: Shaping the bowl
Now bend along the edges of the central square until the corners meet. I got my beautiful wife to help with this. It's quite tricky single-handed.
Lightly weld the corners to hold the shape.
You may need to get a hammer onto it at this point to get the edges to meet.
Weld the edges together.
A bit of a tidy up with a grinder might be a good idea now to get rid of any sharp bits.
You now have the bowl part of your fire pit completed.