2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2, Page #42[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Turns Propane Tanks Into Benches, Chairs
It started when Selig’s wife gave him the “Do something with it or get rid of it” ultimatum about the old propane tank taking up space in the yard.
“I wondered if the curves would be gentle enough to be comfortable and how I could cut it up so it would be stable on its feet and require no reforming of the metal,” Selig recalls.
After following standard safety procedures to make sure the tank was fully purged, he used a plasma cutter to cut out his first bench. When he welded the parts in place, it was immediately obvious he was on to something.
He had friends of all sizes sit on the bench to test it for comfort. The standard 17-in. height worked for everyone. Since that first bench, Selig has cut up a number of 250 and 500-gal. tanks and created a variety of chairs, chaises, love seats and benches.
With steel as thick as 5/16 in., the benches are very heavy. The sculpted seating is sandblasted, then coated with a zinc-rich epoxy primer and topped with industrial urethane paint for a tough, long-lasting finish.
Selig’s customers are collectors, landscape architects, and interior designers who pay $4,000 to $9,000 for the chairs and benches.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Colin Selig, 1547 Palos Verdes #315, Walnut Creek, Calif. 94597 (ph 925 457-5060; www.colinselig.com).
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