I do hope to put some form of a deck up there eventually. Dunno if I'm cool enough to find 6 people to dance on it. Haha
Yes, cherrymax would be a great idea but I'm sure they're a pretty penny.
Probably unwise to trust these things to their full claimed capacity but they are big honkers. Make pretty bold capacity claims. Hell, if I had 10 on top and bottom of the split, that would be good for "5000 pounds"
28 pillars, yeah, I think it would hold.
The little wire welder would have a hell of a time producing any stronger union. Even with an inch hole in the hat channel to weld inside.
Oh, the Hercules drill bits from harbor freight... I don't know how long they will last but they are the sharpest drill bits I've ever seen.
1/8 punched through 1/8 plate steel in literally 1 second, 5/16 punched that out in about 3 secs. Drill was barely even turning, not even pushing very hard. It was weird