High Hat made mostly from thrift store items. I had to buy some new washers and a 1/4 x 20 extension nut, but the rest was scavenged or picked up at thrift stores. Got a whole pile of 1/2" black pipe fittings for cheap and paid $3.00 for the stainless steel pot. The key to making this work was a piece of brass rod from an old toilet float assembly. The rod is brass and has 1/4X20 threads on each end. I got the general idea for the project here: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Hi-Hat-Stand/
Rather than following the plans step-by-step I planned my build around the available parts I found.