If we all did that, the government would starve. You didn't pay sales tax,
FICA, deductions, PST, GST, or any of the other revenue streams. But, your
chair would work.
Christopher A. Young
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Building on what Ed Pawlowski suggested, I'd see if there are any trade
schools in your area that teach welding to kids that don't intend to go
Trade school instructors are always looking for simple short projects
like this so that they can see how their students actually perform in
real jobs that they may have to do once they're in the work force.
But, of course, the instructor knows that this same job is going to cost
you $25 if you take it to any welding shop, so make him a deal; he gets
one of his students to weld the chair back together, and you bring down
a $12 box of Krispy Kreme donuts for the whole class to enjoy. Or, you
put a $10 bill into the instructors hand to give to the student who does
the work. That way, it's a win-win situation on both sides; you get the
welding done in a way that it'll last, and the student who does the work
gets a $10 bill to take his girlfriend out for a Big Mac.