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How hard would it be to build something like this?(20 posts)

How hard would it be to build something like this?Kristin
Mar 19, 2003 12:54 PM
I like this concept and need a table for my deck, though I'm not sure steel is a good idea for deck furniture. I would love to have some bike furniture around. How difficult do you think it would be to build a table out of old bike parts. It would not be as decorative as this one. Something simpler, but that follows the same concept.
Mar 19, 2003 1:06 PM
re: How hard would it be to build something like this?Velojon
Mar 19, 2003 1:06 PM
Do you know who built this? Do they sell them over the net?
Yes, but they're outrageously overpricedKristin
Mar 19, 2003 1:28 PM
re: How hard would it be to build something like this?eschelon
Mar 19, 2003 1:07 PM
If you know welding skills or know some place that teaches it, it would allow you to build anything you desire.
... do you like to play with fire?Akirasho
Mar 19, 2003 1:10 PM
... welding, brazing and/or soldering might be the most structurally stable way to meld parts akin to your photo... and you could get tempered glass cut to fit (or be lucky enuff to find a piece the right size)...

You could take classes at a community or joint vocation skool if you don't already have the skills... and you're material might be as close as your LBS dumpster...

Be the bike.
Do you know how much damage I could do with a torch?Kristin
Mar 19, 2003 1:18 PM
Evacuate Chicago and call in the national guard. The whole idea of me with heat intensive tools is enough to make my father faint--and he's a lumberjack. Naw. I'm kidding. I can be slightly clumbsy at times--but who can't. I alway regretted taking home ec instead of shop in HS.
really, really hard. even impossible.mohair_chair
Mar 19, 2003 1:11 PM
Not really. I wonder if those are really old bike parts. I doubt it.

The difficult thing here would be to bend the metal into the shape you want it. For that, you'll probably need a pretty big heat source to soften it. But I'll bet you can probably come up with a design that requires no bending.

So get yourself a good hacksaw, a power drill with some metal bits, a good bastard file (yes, that's what it's called), and a bucket of bolts. Steal a couple of bikes from the neighborhood punks, and go to work.

If you stick to aluminium rims, it will go a lot faster. Aluminium is pretty soft stuff, and it won't rust.

Don't worry about steel rusting. Paint it. Otherwise, it will take years for any real damage to occur, and by then you'll be ready to get rid of it anyway!
Mar 19, 2003 1:23 PM
This could work. The design I'm thinking of would incorporate 4 rims. This would need to be a 4' table so people could eat at it. So I'm thinking I would build 4 glass enclosed rims with various gear bits inside. (Or I might even use a tile compound over a base and just cement the gears in there. (That would be pretty heavy though--but less breakable.) Then I'd put the 3 rims together at the base like a clover and stack one on top as a shelf where food can be placed. If I am really good, I could even make it spin like a lazy susan. This is fun.
If you're good with welding aluminum, about $50...Quack
Mar 19, 2003 1:41 PM
$20 for the glass, $10 in gas for the welder, 5$ for wire, and whatever you can pick up old ratted out rims and sprockets for.

When I was in Austin...merckx56
Mar 19, 2003 1:42 PM
at Lance's house, (no, really, I was!)in his entertainment room, he had a table made out of old chainrings and cogs. The base of the table was 2" square steel tubing that was welded together. The top of the table was the cogs and such, all cut and welded, with a piece of glass over it. A welding shop made it for him. I think he said it was a gift! I don't think it would be horribly expensive to go that route and it's not quite as "bikey" as the table you posted. You could probably get old cogs and rings from shops and square steel tubing is cheap. I would think a couple hundred buck at most!
Not too hardLLSmith
Mar 19, 2003 1:51 PM
if you have 6-8 rims laying around.Take the full rim to a mirror/glass shop and they will take care of that. A hack saw and alot of patience will help with the rest.
Not tough at all...ifpappy_d
Mar 19, 2003 1:58 PM
...if you don't mind having s few shotty looking welds. Aluminim is at times difficult to weld when its that thin ( the rims), and the many different alloys you may end up working with will all flow a little differently. But if you've got a welder, it wouldn't be tough to slap together a "bike table", thicker peices will be eaier to weld.
depends on how good your welding skills are.nmthe bull
Mar 19, 2003 3:00 PM
might be able to bolt it together, no welding? nmDougSloan
Mar 19, 2003 4:03 PM
Just what I was thinking.Ahimsa
Mar 19, 2003 4:25 PM
It'd be a piece of cake to build if you used mechanical fasteners.

I'd whip up a design drawing, cut the parts to size, and then look in the local hardware store for angle brackets and such. All of 'em can be easily bent in a bench vise, so all you'd need do is make sure all your joints are positioned in such as way as to allow for being bolted together. You could even hide the brackets inside the box of the rim if you have your choice of old rims around.

While it may not be as elegant as a welded job per se, if done properly with a good plan, it would be a very decent indeed. And if you are really creative you could find a way to use quick release skewers to make it foldable. I could even see old cast off handlebars or forks being cut into interesting shapes as well. Extra point for re-wrapping bars afterwards for that added touch of color.

Of course this all sounds easy to me 'cause I spend all day in an industrial design studio/shop, but.....


Do you really?Kristin
Mar 20, 2003 6:53 AM
I missed my calling in ID!! I would love to spend my days thinking up new stuff. Actually, I kinda do. But since I'm not in a position to actually build proto-types, all my ideas just go to waiste. I'm jealous.
water and oil don't mixsievers11
Mar 19, 2003 4:04 PM
This would be some basic wire feed welding...the hardest part would be getting the metals to match close enough to make a good weld.

Make sure you go all steel or all aluminum. The two don't mix too can mix different can mix steel/cromo.

It gets more technical than that, but this is just an end table.
good excuse to learn to weld...and MIG is fairly easyukiahb
Mar 19, 2003 6:03 PM
I took up MIG welding for a project last year and really enjoy it...there is something very elemental about making fire, melting metal, etc. Have found many uses for it since welding up a freewheel to make a fixie. Welding shops will rent equipment if you don't want to buy, and community colleges usually have evening welding courses. (tried that at my local cc, but the course was no good...ended up learning from a video instead)
Slightly different idea...biknben
Mar 19, 2003 6:38 PM
Make a coffee table out of wood. Leave a recessed area on top and fill it with cogs and chain rings. Then cover them with glass.
It will display you passion for bikes but be much easier and cheaper to build. I've actually considered it myself.