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Old 02-19-2013, 01:45 PM   #1
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Engine block coffee table

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I'm starting to build my coffee table and having some issues finding legs for it. I wanted something a little different so I went with a Volvo 5 cylinder out of a S70. Problem is, it's a little narrow to leave supporting itself. Any one have suggestions on some kind of legs that would kinda arch out from under it to stabalize it better?

Second question is what color to paint it. I googled it and saw some cool ones in white, black, red, blue, ect. Thoughts?
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Could you do something like this with the engine itself being the base and then "legs" supporting the glass or surface top? Similar to below? I goggled that engine and couldn't seem to find a decent image out of the car.

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Could you do something like this with the engine itself being the base and then "legs" supporting the glass or surface top? Similar to below? I goggled that engine and couldn't seem to find a decent image out of the car.

Here's the block I got. I don't think the whole piston and rod idea would work
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Looking for something to raise it up a few inches and stabalize it with it being a narrow block, and not a v8.
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it has to be polished like the V8, not painted. otherwise it could be wood or cardboard.

maybe aluminum conduit for legs or a base. It should look mechanical also, like the pistons do. the next best option is a wood base, holding it up like a trophy of sorts.
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it has to be polished like the V8, not painted. otherwise it could be wood or cardboard.

maybe aluminum conduit for legs or a base. It should look mechanical also, like the pistons do. the next best option is a wood base, holding it up like a trophy of sorts.
Thanks. I was thinking of taking some 1'' pipe and bolting two long pieces to the bottom, then 45 degree elbows down,ect kind of like a compressed hanger shape.
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I will be putting red or blue led's in it so that's why I'm thinking outside the usual metal colors.
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you could just bolt some large flat metal bars to the bottom and top to stablize it.
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you could just bolt some large flat metal bars to the bottom and top to stablize it.
Might do something like this. Just want to do something original than just straight pipe across the bottom. I have some heavy tempered glass so not to worry about the top.
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I have an inline 6 cylinder engine block out of an E30 that's waiting to get dip coated. I originally planned on using some steel bars for the bottom, welding them at an angle that would be more pleasing than straight, and grinding them to shape. Because I lack a welder and also because wood isn't terribly expensive, I decided to make the same shapes out of sanded and stained wood.

What method did you use to get the block cleaned up? Did you get it hot tanked or media blasted?
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I haven't cleaned it yet till I figure out what I want to do with the legs. I'll probably use a ton of brake cleaner, then some kind of stripper and power washer. I'm going to leave all tha polished parts raw and polish the top of the block.

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Ah ok. I was thinking about getting mine media blasted and then spray paint it to give it some gloss but I think I'll try your way first of hitting it with brake cleaner and see what happens.

This, of course, will have to happen when it finally gets warm outside again. That and after I figure out how to take the fvcking crankshaft out of the block.
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I was going to go the media blast but I don't feel like paying someone. I can't wait for the weather to warm up, just going to use a space heater in the garage and wing it.

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stick with auto oriented item utilize some other part from a volvo to use as the base/legs.... one thought is a few control arms, but I am not sure if they are good looking, a quick yahoo search of volvo control arms wasnt great looking imo, but since it is an engine use another part from the car if you can modify/adapt it to work...

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Definitely get the block hot tanked, blasted, or otherwise thoroughly clean, then clear coat it. Otherwise it will eventually oxidize.

As for supporting it, you could still use pistons as "feet" on a flat bar going underneath the block. Perhaps use a camshaft instead of flat bar?
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