In this Instructable I'll show you how I made this modern steel fire pit. It was my first full metal project (most of my others include woodworking).
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1/8" mild steel plate
1/8" mild steel square tube
1/8" mild steel bar
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Step 1: Gather Materials and Supplies
The materials for the fire pit are pretty basic. Just some 1/8" plate steel and square tube. I also used some round bar for a grate.
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1/8" plate steel
1/8" square tube
1/8" round bar
Step 2: Cut Metal Plate to Size
I started by cutting the plate steel down to size with a metal blade in my circ saw. The design is very basic with a 24x24" top opening.
I cut two sides to 10x24 and left them rectangular.
Then I cut the other two sides with 45 degree angles on them. This would give me the sloping sides
Lastly I cut a piece to fill in the bottom.
Step 3: Cut Square Tube for Legs
I cut the square tube to size for an A-frame style leg. The angle on the legs splayed out 15 degrees.
I made the cuts on my slow speed chop saw and matched all the angles for clean corners with no open ends except the bottom.
Step 4: Weld the Fire Bowl & Grate
I used some setup magnets to hold the sides together and welded them with 0.25 MIG wire.
I worked my way around the bowl until I had all the sides attached and then laid in and attached the bottom.
To hold the wood off the bottom I welded up a grate from 1/8" bar. This sits on some small triangular standoffs I welded to the bottom of the fire bowl
Step 5: Weld the Base and Attach to Fire Bowl
Next up I welded the base together using the magnets to hold everything in place.
I added two stretchers between the leg assemblies for some extra support and strength.
Then I welded the base to the fire bowl using a set of wood blocks to hold it where I wanted it.
Step 6: Finish Up
I added some drainage holes in the fire pit to get rid of any standing water and called it a wrap!
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