• Dec 29, 2010
Subaru flat-four coffee table has better 'Ring time than IKEA version – Click above to watch video after the jump

Using an engine as the base for a table isn't new. Gearheads have been turning four, six, eight and even 12 cylinder mills into furniture for a long time. However, someone has taken the engine-table idea a step further though by affixing a glass top onto the flywheel and allowing the table to rotate. The fact that you can watch the pistons turn as it rotates only serves to up the cool factor.

The power source of choice for this application? An EJ25 workhorse from a Subaru. Hopefully its not an early EJ25D though – the head gaskets could leak and ruin the carpet. Check it out in action after the jump.

[Source: Youtube]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I used the base of a broken office chair to make a coffee table that can rotate, roll, and have its height adjusted.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I used an old sock to make a coffee table that can be worn as a sock.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty Neat, There are all kinds of things that could be done to this set-up.
      tom
      • 4 Years Ago
      to Bungle: you are a jackass! a sock as a coffee table??!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Me want
      Gregory Schwartz
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate glass-top tables. They are DANGEROUS!!!! In dim light, it's hard to see the edges. I have all kinds of bruises on my legs from bumping into the edges of the glass when the lights are dim (dark with TV only source of light). Glass top tables get scratched up after a couple years. You definetly don't want kids around glass top tables! I'll take a good old-fashioned wood table any day over glass!
      • 4 Years Ago
      HEY! EJ25D headgaskets leaked INTERNALLY. Only the later SOHC EJ25 motors would have leaked on the carpet.

      I should know.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Much better than that idea that I had to put a coffee table in the engine bay of my car!!!
        tom
        • 4 Years Ago
        coffee table in the engine bay of your car? WTF??!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it's a great idea to use auto parts as works of art.

      I envision something along the lines of the front fender of a 60's European sports car, cut at a shallow angle to leave the headlight, mounted on a wall.

      Surely junkyards have plenty of raw material.

      Maybe in my retirement that endeavor will be something to keep me amused.
      • 4 Years Ago
      such a funky little motor
      • 4 Years Ago
      What this really needs is a hidden electric drive with remote control...
        • 4 Years Ago
        That would be easy - just repurpose what would have been the starter motor.

        However, if you're going to spin that thing, try a round table so you don't whack somebody with the corners?

        or better yet, a motorized lazy susan over a round glass base!
      • 4 Years Ago
      very nice , here an other one that i like , its a vg30e with a starter .

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNpGNAxMuOA
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, gee, ya think? If you're going to use an engine for a coffee table base, you are going to be a target for all sorts of idiot remarks. I would expect that the person doing this would take the engine apart and clean each part first. That'd eliminate any chance of leaks. Using car parts for other functions is nothing new. Remember when model kit building was real big in the 60s? The spare chrome parts were being made into jewelry back then. I have no doubt that people were using real car parts even then for furniture or other house decorations. How about a car's bench seat as a couch?
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