I have had a spare car tyre lying around for a while now I made one in to a small herb garden and thought it was time to do something with the other. One thing I did need was a table for outside so decided the tyre could make a good base. I had a look on the internet for ideas but couldn't find the kind of thing I was thinking of. As a result some of this instructable maybe a bit vague like the material list and a few other things, as I started off with just the tyre and no other preconceptions of other materials I was going to use. I quite like this way of working, its very fluid and makes you really think of how to use/reuse bits and bobs you have lying around, plus you also have only a rough vision of how it'll turn out and the end piece is a bit if a surprise.
It also seems my spell checker doesn't like my spelling of 'tyre' - apologies US readers this does of course mean tire!

Car tyre
Coach bolts I had some left over from building some decking - 200mm x 12mm (8" x 1/2")
Timber top - I used some old slats from a bench my fried had given me a while ago - 3000mm x 50mm x 20mm (~9ft x 2" x 7/8")
Timber shelf/leg support - I used some beech offcuts I had - 1500mm x 50mm x 12mm (~4 1/2ft x 2" x 1/2")
Other timber as needed - I used some pitch pine and oak

Oscillating multitool - to cut tyre in half. Could maybe use an angle grinder or hacksaw
Table saw / hand saw - I used both
Electric plane / bench plane - I used both

Step 1: Cut the tyre in half

I couldn't find much on the internet about cutting a tyre in half, mainly how not to do it. Having bought an oscillating tool not long ago it had to be a contender. I used a wood and metal blade as I knew there would be some metal reinforcement in the tyre and hoped the blade would be string enough to cut through them. I started off by marking where I wanted to make my cuts and scored the tyre with the blade so I had a good line to follow. Putting the oscillations on max I started the cut, it was pretty tough going as most of the reinforcement is located near the rim. I found the best way for me was to cut with the tool for a bit and then bend the tyre by hand by the cut which seemed to snap some of the broken steel. After a while I got through this heavily reinforced section the rest of the tyre wasn't too bad. Be warned though the cutting does melt the rubber and produce some fumes so do this bit outside.

<p>Love my new table ;-)</p><p>thanks a lot !</p>
<p>Did you make one of these? nice one! if you have a photo it would be great to see it.</p>
Such a great idea! I work at a shop so we always have junk tires around :) I got a nice beefy one off an SUV for my table. I am wondering though why you decided to turn the tire inside out? Is it necessary? I thought it would look cooler to have the tread side exposed.
Hi thanks. if you turn the tyre inside out it the overall width increases as the walls won't be vertical, thus increasing the table top area.
<p>This is cool. I've been looking for great ideas for used tires. I might even paint mine and try to sell them.</p>
<p>Nice instructable! It would be a good idea to drill a hole on the bottom of the tire, to avoid mosquitoes in case any water is retained on the bottom of the tire.</p>
<p>What a wonderful idea. I think I'll give this a try one weekend. I have a few tires that I planned to discard plus 2 large tractor tires. Not sure if I can invert those 2 beasts. I think also I'd like to add 2 small tires to the legs from a left over lawn mover to make it portable and a handle up top. </p>
i like the idea of making this portable. that would make it more user friendly!
I'd like to see that! I think cutting a tractor in half would be difficult enough.....inverting is another thing!
<p>Cutting most tires is fairly easy. I have cut them with a handsaw, then used a hacksaw to cut through the bead. Now use, Sawzall type tool, should probably use a bi-metal blade. Circular saw</p>
<p>Nice way of recycle, I also thought in using recycled wood from pallets so we are a bit more ecofriendly</p>
Great project! You should drill a drain hole in the bottom of the tyre for rain escape if you keep it outside.
<p>Great idea to re-purpose an indestructible tire. I can see many variations using the basic idea. </p>
<p>great concept and a fantastic carry through ! </p>
Really cool. I'd recommend a couple of wholes in the bottom of the tire to let water drain out if left out in the rain. Fun design.
<p>+1 on the drainage holes. A two-minute job with a drill and a twist-bit.</p>
<p>YES! I had thought of that but hadn't got round to it, was supposed to add it to the instructable too!!! </p>
<p>You can still edit in a new step.</p>
<p>Cool idea. I have a couple of tires that are no good, car-wise, but I wanted to reuse them besides a planter, or pay money to get rid of them. My spring project!</p>
Well resolved. You could sell these at markets. A herb garden under the table-top might work, too. Thanks for the inspiration
This is such an awesome work of design. Thanks for sharing.
Nicely Artistic Up-cycle! Thanks for sharing...inspirational!

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