Gears,Sprockets,Nuts and Bolts For Industrial Chic Metal Art


Buying Surplus Industrial Goods

There are many ways to score randomnuts,bolts, gears and such.  But certainly one of the best and most fun is industrial surplus suppliers.  Many of them sell used parts and equipment at reasonable prices.  The score I displayed above comes from an operation called Equipment Resale out of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Although it is 106 miles from home, its well worth the drive.  A couple weeks ago, I went there and was thoroughly impressed with the abundance of selection!


Small to HUGE Bolts and Nuts

Just to illustrate the sheer range of nuts and bolt sizes, I seen some bolts more than 2 inches thick and weighing every bit of 20  pound s a piece!  Obviously structural bolts for bridges and buildings.  They have sizes all the way down to the commonly used sized found in most home improvement stores.  They charge by the pound so take a bucket.


Gears and Sprockets

Along with an impressive selection of nuts,bolts, and related hardware, they also stock machine gears,sprockets, chains, and pulleys.  If not for art, you may find enough here to build your own machinery!  The gear in the picture is in their entrance area and stands 6 feet tall.  Probably, it is 6 to 8 inches thick and weighs a few tons.  Most of the money I spent in my first haul was for the gears I got.  They charged me flat fee of $5.  All the bolts and fasteners I got were just $13.


Industrial Desk Organizer

My first creation was this Industrial Desk Organizer.  The center piece is a huge hex nut about 5 inches across.  It seems to add a substantial solid quality to this functional sculpture.  I also plan to be making some shelf brackets and door pulls in the near future.  I am open to suggestions for my creations.


Treasures From Trash:Getting the most from a Find Part 2


Mid Century Style From Repurposed Steel Rods

On my first installment of Treasures From Trash, I talked about the wine rack/table I found in a local dumpster.  I discussed how I burned it to remove the woven material and cut the metal to separate the ring panels.  In the photos, you will see that the empty frame consist mostly of straight rods.  I cut this frame to gather the rods and had a pretty decent bundle.  Well they ended up being used in the sculpture above.  It is mid century with a industrial chic twist.  I roughly laid out the rods in a crisscross pattern and arc welded the rear to conceal the welds.img_3796

Welded on Accents

I felt that the composition needed some simple accents to develop interest.  I cut 6 slugs from some thick walled small diameter pipe.  I welded them strategically near the center of the composition and felt it was well balanced.


Mounted Any Way You Like

I often make wall pieces that can be mounted in more than one configuration.  This rod artwork is particularly suited to mount either horizontally or vertically.  To see dimensions and shipping options check out the link to this item in my Etsy shop.