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Old 12-18-2011, 11:23 PM   #1
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A different kind of winter project (furniture related)

So I decided to take an old messed up wheel and turn it into something nice. This isn't done yet, but it's close enough to show off. If I have time tomorrow, I'm going to finish shaping the shelves so that they look better around the wheel. They aren't wide enough now.

Also, I'm thinking of painting it black so it sets off the wheel more. The stain doesn't match the floor too well.

Like I said, the shelves aren't done yet, so don't hate how ugly they are lol.

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Old 12-18-2011, 11:42 PM   #2
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i like it man. I always wanted to incorporate a bmw rim into my furniture. Looks good
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:14 AM   #3
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So I decided to take an old messed up wheel and turn it into something nice. This isn't done yet, but it's close enough to show off. If I have time tomorrow, I'm going to finish shaping the shelves so that they look better around the wheel. They aren't wide enough now.

Also, I'm thinking of painting it black so it sets off the wheel more. The stain doesn't match the floor too well.

Like I said, the shelves aren't done yet, so don't hate how ugly they are lol.

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Great Idea , Did some thing like this a while back , Very similar , I sanded her down to a smooth finish and then I varnished her , To obtain that colour I wanted I used white vingear In my paint to give her a tint.
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:37 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. So I was discussing it with my grandfather and we couldn't decide if a really dark stain or black paint would look better.

What do you guys think?

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Old 12-20-2011, 12:45 PM   #5
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dark stain, painted look looks like that pb ****.
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:47 PM   #6
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nice, i've been wanting to do something similar but instead get a really fat dish on one of my rims and turn it into a table. just slap a glass over it haha.
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nice, i've been wanting to do something similar but instead get a really fat dish on one of my rims and turn it into a table. just slap a glass over it haha.



but i just got my front tires today
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definitely dark stain. Post pics when completed!
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:45 PM   #9
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Progress shot on the shelves.


I've no clue why the picture is sideways.
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:51 PM   #11
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All that's left is to sand and stain like 5 times. I want it really nice and smooth. I definitely like the new shelf shape much better.

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Oh yea man. Those shelfs look a lot better.

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wow looks great man! i'd love that in my room!
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that's freakin sick. the shelves look so much better after. you should do some custom led lighting behind the wheel. it's simple if you know a little about wiring.
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Wow! Awesome project

If there is still time, you should fillet the corners of your shelves. The harshness of the squared edges doesn't form a cohesive idea with the roundness of the wheel (which needs to be aligned vertically, as well as the Roundel).

Another suggestion is to place the rear wall of the wheel section about 3-4 inches from the back of the wheel face. It will be very difficult to dust behind the face and will be an annoyance factor to those seated in the space. I'd suggest painting the face a subdued shade of a color that already exists in the space. This way you won't detract from the center piece, but you also won't have a random shade of stain, that looks totally out of place.

Good luck with the remainder of your project, OP. Looks like real fun!
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Well, it's going to be up against a brick wall, so the wheel section won't have a back. I didn't want the wheel centred as strange as that may sound. I like it a little off centre. It stops it from looking too perfect. I was thinking of trimming the shelf edges to look rounded, though, so you're definitely right on that.

I appreciate the input so far, guys. Thanks!

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+1 on the led or other accent lighting behind the wheel, also the wheel itself will not move right, ie the area behind the wheel is not accessible once the wheel is in place right? maybe paint the inside a bright color like red or whatever so that you can see it behind the spokes, while the rest of the cabinet is dark.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:59 AM   #19
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Do you guys not think lighting behind the wheel would be distracting while watching TV?

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Yes. No lighting.

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