(26 Sept 2015 update: Its an irony that the Volkswagen Jetta exceeds nitrous oxide caps by 15 to 35 time as tested in the recent Volkswagen emission cheat scandal.. well.. this exhaust pipe from the Jetta should make it cleaner 🙂 )
“You’re just like my grandfather collecting these junks!” A colleague exclaimed as I salvaged parts from a Volkswagen destined for the scrap yard. Grandfather from Germany or not, I couldn’t let these potentially useful parts go―even though sending them to the scrapyard was a sensible way to recycle them as metal compounds.
I’ve always been especially intrigued in furniture and homeware items handmade with materials that are out-of-the-ordinary; creation grown from the maker’s inspirations. Not only are they aesthetically unique, it’s also living with your passions and hobbies in another way―a functional, practical way.
These projects inspired me to try to do something with these scraps at my disposal. I wanted to make something useful and meaningful, maybe a lamp.
Besides having the lamp, I also thought about making a bench with the exhaust catalyst housing (right), but it might be too curvy and bulky as a one-seater. So it seemed that this long curvy pipe (left) was more suited to be a standing lamp.
I looked all over in hardware shops for a pipe with the right internal diameter but was not successful. Luckily, I remembered a joint in the other salvaged pipe that could work. It fit nicely with the standard leftover “Bosch profile” without any additional cutting.
So here’s the finished product! Would requires a little more work to waterseal the bulb area so it can be an outdoor lamp. Otherwise it will works just fine as an indoor plant. This exhaust pipe planter makes a great addition to my other project the bicycle chandelier.
Hope you like it! Feel free to leave comments and feedbacks.
Also great thanks to http://tweedlingdum.com/ for her feedbacks, inspirations and editing. Check out her other writings!