Introduction: Recycled Tank Door Bell

I discovered by accident that cutting the bottom off a small empty oxygen tank makes a great sounding bell, and since my front doorbell hasn't worked for years, decided to make one of materials I had left over in my shop. I have no idea if this has been done before but here it is:

Step 1: Cut the Tank in Half

After making sure the tank is empty, cut it in half. I hear that oxygen is flammable so be careful here. I personally had no problems with the sparks from my grinder cutting wheel and used the existing weld joint as a guide for cutting it evenly.

Step 2: Grind Edges Smooth

Just touch up the sharp cut edges with either a grinder, files, or belt sander.

Step 3: Save the Bottom Half for Something

the bottom half makes a great pencil or tool holding cup for the shop.

Step 4: Drill Out the Valve

Drill out the gas valve on the top so a string or wire can thread through.

Step 5: Tie the Ringer

Find something to use as a ringer. I appropriated the end of a bathroom faucet handle, and knotted it to a piece left over electrical wire and threaded it into the top, using a tied-in nut to keep it from sliding too far inside the bell, after marking where I wanted it on my wire.

Step 6: Tie the Ringer Handle On

Attach a handle to pull on. I found an old lighting pull switch handle to tie on the end. Anything will do.

Step 7: Attach to a Hanger

A left over circular cut out made of poplar functions as a plate through which to thread a long bolt that works to hang a chain I attached to the bell. The bolt head is counter sunk on the back side so it sits flush against a wall, and a few nuts and washers keep the chain in place.

Step 8: Attach to Wall.

After pre-drilling screw holes attach the hanging bell onto a wood trim piece next to the front door and Voila: old school doorbell. Sounds much better than an electric one in my opinion.

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