Thread: Need ideas on what to build
November 27th, 2005, 01:22 AM #1
Need ideas on what to build
I have some left over building material from a job and don't know what to do with it.
This is the material I have to make use of. Just six fiber-reinforced-plaster column pieces. They are simply the excess material cut off of the columns used to build a patio cover.
This and this are photos of the patio cover that was built. These columns are expensive. The customer paid $500 each for the columns. And that is on top of the regular price of the cover.
This is the only idea I've come up with so far for making use of these things. A shelf system. Kinda lame. There's gotta be a better idea.
Right now the pieces are not all the same length but I can easily fix that. They are also fairly heavy. The full length columns at 10 feet weigh about 80 lbs. The pieces I have are just under 2 feet so each one weighs in the neighborhood of 5 - 8 lbs.
So if you have any thought on what these things can be good for please speak up. Thanks.
November 27th, 2005, 01:25 AM #2
those shelfs might be okay.
Last edited by DesertFox01; November 27th, 2005 at 01:36 AM.
November 27th, 2005, 01:29 AM #3
November 27th, 2005, 01:32 AM #4
well i personally would never do this but hey idk you, you could be crazy enough to do it, you could make a pool table i will draw a sketch
November 27th, 2005, 01:33 AM #5
never mind on the sketch.
Drill 6 holes in a piece of plywood put nets under each hole put felt on it and make the edge, use those tube things as the legs paint it and u got a pool table or u could cut the tubes in half and use them for the ball runs under the table.
Last edited by DesertFox01; November 27th, 2005 at 01:36 AM.
November 27th, 2005, 01:37 AM #6
November 27th, 2005, 01:41 AM #7
Dont be a jerk that was a good suggestion
Last edited by DesertFox01; November 27th, 2005 at 01:44 AM.
November 27th, 2005, 01:50 AM #8
settle down you two...
actually the first thing that came to mind was shelving, but it looks like you would rather not... hmm.... i cant think of any other usefull furniture you could make out of it... maybe just be creative and go for some type of art piece? i will rack my brain and see if i can come up with anything good
November 27th, 2005, 01:56 AM #9
November 27th, 2005, 02:00 AM #10
Hmm... Use them to make a coffee table. Cut to same length. Glue into a circle and have a piece of round glass cut. You could paint them an attractive color.
November 27th, 2005, 02:00 AM #11
what kind of tools do you have? can you put them on a lathe (or a home made alternative) and score them? could give it more character. im liking a scored white column with black shelves...
November 27th, 2005, 02:03 AM #12
Well now that everyone has edited their original posts it seems we can move along nicely
I dont have any good suggestions as to what to do with it... Sorry man.
November 27th, 2005, 02:42 AM #13
Two-feet long, ey...
That would definitely be good height for a coffee table. Maybe you can make a TV stand. I'll draw a picture of what I'm thinking of.
November 27th, 2005, 02:48 AM #14
Okay, my awesome MS Paint skills...
The red = your pipes.
Just looking over my artwork, I noticed the bottom of the stand looks a bit barren. Maybe a shelf or two down there would add strength and functionality. I don't know what you have in mind for shelving material.
An idea on how to engineer it (if you need it). Cut slots out on the inside of the pipes for the shelves every 4 inches or so. That way you could just slide the shelve(s) in and put it in any position you want.
Last edited by The Real Bingo; November 27th, 2005 at 02:59 AM.
November 27th, 2005, 03:36 AM #15
6 Lamps, painted different colors,
6 trash cans, " " "
6 buried canisters for accent lighting
6 "feet" for whatever, fill with concrete, put the leg or whatever into the wet cement, let solidify
6 "miniature" columns as detail work, simply add the foot, and header.
6 pedestals for tabletop models or busts
12 "half rounds" accent for an archetectural detail(cut in half against the wall makes them look like they are "buried" into the wall)
36 6-inch tall "cans" to hold things-simply glue a board to the bottom, trim, paint
6 - 36 flower pots just cut to the height you want, attach a bottom, trim 'n paint.
If you can fasten them together to make a single column you could make 1 to 2 to 6 "pots" for a water fountain - I think the plaster will hold up, but Im not sure about this one.
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November 27th, 2005, 03:58 AM #16
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November 27th, 2005, 04:23 PM #19
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what about cutting them in half ( shorten them ) and bundle them up and make a foot locker out of them....cubbies for all your shoes? ( if you have the room for such a contraption )
It probably would be easier to figure out something by being on site ( your place ) to see where they would fit physically, and in the design lay out of your place.this post contains small bits of intelligence culminating to the appearance of wisdom.
November 27th, 2005, 04:32 PM #20
They may have made a decent base for bench seating to go with the patio, but I noticed the patio wasn't yours. How about a playground for Simon, if you don't want a bench seat?
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