Walnut and Vw Parts Stools/ Side Tables





Introduction: Walnut and Vw Parts Stools/ Side Tables

About: i am an artist and musician. i make things of use out of things that no longer have use. i think the hip term is "upcycling." i post a lot of inspirational and entertainment videos on youtube.com/timsway. oc...

for the past year i've had some vw springs and brake drums laying around and some slices of local walnut. then it hit me...

i'm uploading this video to instructables just to enter the wood contest - even though most of the work here is with the metal. i kinda figured nick offerman and crew might dig the walnut - it's sort of their thing, right?

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    i'd say why not try? i don't know too much about log furniture. what i do know is fresh lumber is a lot heavier because of the liquid weight and often cracks when drying. there are ways to combat cracking. a couple were listed in my comments here. hope that helps! -tim

    Thanks for the reply! I did a little research and typically when making furniture from harvested lumber you would want it dry, not fresh. I have a bunch of really nice logs so I think I will make a couple of stools now and see how they turn out. I imagine that the drying process wouldn't compromise the integrity of a simple circular stool all that much. For more structures with precise measurements and fittings it would probably be more detrimental.

    exactly! don't try making any dovetails with it, but make some rustic stools! have fun and share pics. -t

    Beautiful! I have a bunch of train springs that I've been wanting to do something like this with, but need a base! Maybe now I'll go to a local car graveyard:-) thanks wonderful work!

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    Damn son, those are fantastic !!! You definitely have a special eye and some great talent. You wouldn't have any trouble selling those if you made more.

    I had the same thought when I saw the photo. Generally, 2" square tubing will slide easily over 1 1/2" square tubing. But considering the weight most springs are designed to carry and the weight of the average person who might be sitting on these stools, there might not be much deflection at all.

    Still, very cool design, and a great way to put used auto parts to good use. Well done, Tim!

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    i was surprised how soft the springs were. i didn't think i'd need support. i need some springs out of a truck i guess ;-)

    Yeah, I suppose out of a VW they'd be softer than what I'm used to seeing; I've got a set of springs from an older BMW that could be used, but I don't think they would deflect much at all with my weight on them.

    I think if you used 2 pieces of tubing for the center post, one large enough to slip over the other, then it would provide the side to side stability but still allow for compression of the spring. I like it. It has a look that appeals to me.

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    a couple people mentioned the two-tube idea. i was going to use a gas shock but it looked kinda garbage-y. i may mess around with the tube-in-tube on some other projects. cheers!

    Like these, nice job. I have some Jeep springs I took off when I lifted it. I am going to give this a try. I have 4 so maybe 2 stools and 1 bench...

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    those jeep springs might be stiff enough to work without the center support. go for it and send me pics!

    Ok sorry for the bad wording then, I was just wondering if there was any bounce in the chairs