Do you have any experience in wood working? Carpentry is just putting two pieces of wood together, the better you can do that the better carpenter you are. I would build a frame and legs out of 2x4s, make sure it is stable enough. Screw and glue all of your joints (Meaning where you join two pieces of wood)
I have some experience; just tore out a load bearing wall (12 foot section) and replaced with with a beam made out of 2x12’s and OSB. I guess I didn’t considered framing it up and using 2x4’s for the legs; thanks for the suggestion!
I would understand what a jack stud is and I would use it for the legs
I see what you mean. Do you think one 2x4 going across each side will be sufficient for a header or should I screw and glue two together to jimmy up a 4x4? [/quote]
I would put one 2x4 on the inside of the frame then I would use a jack stud to go under the frame then tie them all together I wish I could draw on the internet.