Bike chains are not exactly the most repurposable item. Sure they get used for tchotchke type things like key chains or for security, keeping your seat on your bike, but I would never have thought to make furniture from chains. Reader Ben, who last month was responsible for a collapsible bike repair stand post, came up with a cool looking and practical use for some old chains.
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I made this table as a small prototype to learn how to work with the bike chains. The table is 14" x 14" x 18" tall. The frame is 3/4" angle iron.
I used about 20 chains that I got from a local Bike Co-Op (BICAS Tucson) that saves salvaged parts for art projects. I laid out the chains with the table up side down and then welded in steel rod and a piece of flat steel on the underside to support the chains. The support pieces are welded to the frame and then to the chains. A lot of the chains were still loose so I welded several links of the chains together. I have the frame welded up for a larger version (18"x36"x29"tall) and hope to have that done in January.