Every so often EngineLabs will showcase a hobbyist who turns engine components into functional works of art. The most popular expression of this craft is building a glass-top table with a V8 cylinder block as the base. We’ve featured a performance enthusiast from Austria who started with a 305 block and turned it into a rolling table without welding or major machine work–or so he says. In another story we showed off a ’59 Cadillac block that is accented with cool LED lighting.
Enter Glen Preuss, a craftsman/artist from Idaho who specializes in engine furniture projects. Immediately catching our eye while perusing his badassblox website was a BMW I6 block in the middle of a living room. We’ve seen V8s, V10s and V12s used as the foundation for an engine table, but never a straight-6. Supporting the block are the pistons and rods, and Preuss didn’t stop at the block’s deck. He bolted on the head, camshafts and timing set for added dimension and perspective. Because of the timing gears and cams, there wasn’t a flat spot to rest the glass top, and putting more pistons up top–as is the case with many V8s–would have been overly redundant. So supports had to be fabricated to mount the glass.
As you look over the other engine projects on Preuss’ page, you’ll notice plenty of attention is paid to the paint and detailing of the block, including some bright and imposing color schemes.
Overall, lots of ideas on badassblox, including a Honda motorcycle table. Check it out and get started on your own work of automotive furniture art!