As part of my kitchen remodel, I want to move my refrigerator into a closet. In order for the refrigerator to fit width-wise, I need to remove two jack studs on one side of the closet that are supporting a double 2x12 header which is a bearing wall for the ceiling joists and second floor bedroom.
The header butts up against a 6x6 king stud that the jack studs are nailed to.
My question is:
Can I fabricate a steel bracket lag-bolted to the side of the king stud to support the header instead of the studs?
Would I need to extend such a bracket down the side of the 6x6 and attach it to a steel plate at the foot so the weight remains supported on the floor rather than hanging on the side?
How thick should steel plate be?
(Note in the pictures there is a third stud which I removed, shown in the location where I pulled it from. The bracket would replace this stud as well)