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Build A Component Coffee Table

In Pictures: 19 Ways To Recycle Old, Unused Hardware
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Build A Component Coffee Table

David Maloney hoarded old PC components over the years and boxed them up in his garage so that one day they would be recycled into "some sort of project." The idea of a coffee table came to mind after spotting a pile of black walnut from a tree he cut down years ago. "It's basically two tables," he said. "One internal table to screw the boards to and another set of wood frames with glass that slide on top of the board table. It's basically a wood diorama. It will be very easy to swap out the computer boards with something else once we get tired of the look of the boards."

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    KingArcher , October 16, 2010 6:14 AM
    But can the dragonfly fly?
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    zooted , October 16, 2010 6:21 AM
    Some of them were flat out hilarious
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    Randomacts , October 16, 2010 6:37 AM
    #3 I would put that in my house #13 that is a bunch of fermi cards not coal you see. The black balls is just for looks.
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    gamebrigada , October 16, 2010 6:42 AM
    #13 you aren't supposed to close side vents for a kebab cook thingie. You want that for fresh air to the coals so that the temperature goes way up. Hes doing it perfectly right.
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    Ramar , October 16, 2010 6:58 AM
    My town just finished a three year project building a new parking building and some park and office space, and used the extra pipes to build an artistic statue featuring RGB LED's refracting wonderfully off of old smashed CD-R's through holes cut in the pipes.

    Wish I had a picture, but it's pretty neat.
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    dEAne , October 16, 2010 7:08 AM
    I like the first one. When I was a little kid I use to glue things thrown in the garbage.
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    Luscious , October 16, 2010 7:12 AM
    I think you guys forgot #20 - iPad cutting board
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    randomizer , October 16, 2010 7:28 AM
    #8 would use a lot of power if left on.
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    Randomacts , October 16, 2010 8:13 AM
    randomizer#8 would use a lot of power if left on.


    It looks like its gutted CRTS with colored lights.

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    randomizer , October 16, 2010 8:21 AM
    RandomactsIt looks like its gutted CRTS with colored lights.

    Looking at this photo it may be the case, but she's done other ones where it looks quite likely that the monitors are operational: http://www.sandysmith.co.uk/artwork/computers/firewall/sandy_smith_08.jpg

    Power lights on the monitors and some computers.
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    SteelCity1981 , October 16, 2010 8:39 AM
    LOL at # 12 Steve Jobs next biggest thing the IMailbox.
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    jj463rd , October 16, 2010 9:55 AM
    Another good way is to either give away or sell old working components or systems to vintage computing users who still enjoy using older systems.
    Yes, I still enjoy playing an old DOS game now and then on an older system
    like a 386,486 or Pentium (although those are not really considered vintage systems being too modern).It's much better than wasting something that works (even though obsolete).
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    Wolygon , October 16, 2010 10:43 AM
    #17 is amazing just amazing.
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    Assmar , October 16, 2010 3:00 PM
    KingArcherBut can the dragonfly fly?

    The candy man can.
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    Anonymous , October 16, 2010 5:18 PM
    or you can send it to poor ppl!
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    ecnovaec , October 16, 2010 5:29 PM
    the coffee table is amazing, that youtube video was absolutely horrendous, and if they actually ate the meat from that PC grill they probably got very sick because they clearly didn't strip the powdercoating off
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    Flamango , October 16, 2010 6:51 PM
    I actually think that the Radiohead cover is amazing. Of course, this is coming from a die hard Radiohead fan - and a complete hardware nerd, so there you go.
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    zxcvbnm44 , October 16, 2010 7:36 PM
    #18 Scratch that, engrave a Intel OUTSIDE symbol on the hood.
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    unholygregor , October 16, 2010 9:27 PM
    FlamangoI actually think that the Radiohead cover is amazing. Of course, this is coming from a die hard Radiohead fan - and a complete hardware nerd, so there you go.

    that makes no sense.....
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    JOSHSKORN , October 16, 2010 11:37 PM
    A lot of "Why the hell would someone do this?" and a few funny ones. The only one that actually seems cool to me is the coffee table. Now if I really wanted to go all out and make my house look "techy", I'd buy one of those. I did LOL at the CRT monitor turned into a rat cage.
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