AUTOMOTIVE FURNITURE DESIGN
The engine block coffee table was a personal project that also doubled as a school assignment. All of the parts were procured over a number of weeks and the build took around 2 months. Much of that time was taken up with research and development as opposed to the actual build.
The engine was eight-cylinder from an early model Holden Monaro that was soon to be scrapped. The engine came fully equipped with all of the pistons and rods, but there were to damaged and decayed to be used in the build. The engine was sent to the sandblasters and then given a light spray of metallic paint to give a ne and refreshed look.
The frame was constructed from 50mm x 20mm box section steel; some parts were from scrap piles while others were off-cuts from previous jobs. The entire frame was first tacked in place with small welds and the engine was test fitted in place. Small adjustments were required to the frame and an underside support was also needed to stop the frame from bowing in the middle. After this the entire frame was mig welded and clean up before being powder coated. Small caster wheels were added to make the table easier to move and nutserts were added to allow a secure place to attach the table top.
The table top was a piece of toughened tinted glass purchased from Monaro Screens, and attached with four small rounded polished steel bolts. The tint was dark enough that it reduced the LED lighting from the engine so it didn’t blind people when turned on.
The lighting was a simple colour change LED strip with the option to be controlled by Bluetooth. A simple wiring system meant it could run on either batteries form two hours or be plugged into a wall socket and used form there.There were alternative add-ons to this build, but since it would have compromised on aesthetic aspects of the build these were not followed through.