I was really unsure of what to use to build pillars. A sturdy, safe design was needed without spending a lot of money. The trip to the dollar store had me spending a lot of time trying to figure out if things could break and how I really really don’t want that to happen.
I tried to cut back on the things that I buy at the dollar store, only because I tend to buy more than I need. The essentials to building this were purchased first: duct tape and paint. Since the objects were undecided, I went around the aisles looking at objects. I ended up getting a large plastic planter pot thing and a round metal baking tray.
My instinct was the flip the planter upside down to get a sturdier base and stick the metal sheet on top to create a larger standing surface, a foot diameter.
Other people suggested having it the original way and putting the metal on top of the opening.
That didn’t seem sturdy to me, but I was able to have a guy stand on it without it collapsing.
The problem I have with this design is that the non-stick baking sheets are difficult to glue to. Hopefully my team has a drill, so I can screw & bolt them togther.