Are you ready to see the coolest thing there is? In fact, it’s one of the hottest things ever, but you get the idea. Car fanatics love old parts repurposed into pretty furniture, and it doesn’t get much better than a V8 engine block table which is also an epic hotbed.
In reality Is better, because it’s not a hollowed-out block that you fill with wood. A propane tank provides the fuel, and it’s literally ignited by turning a key that activates an electric spark igniter. During this time, your foot activates the accelerator pedal to control the flow of propane through the engine. Put it down and you’ll have flames shooting nearly two feet into the air. Seriously, can a fireplace be more awesome than this?
Obviously, this is not something you will find at Ikea, but you can get one if you are really interested. This personalized table is the brainchild of John Cobb, a full-time automotive artist and the driving force behind his company, Alaris Invent. He’s built all kinds of neat automotive-themed furniture over the years, but he’s gone full-time with his passion in 2020 and the automotive world should be thankful for that. With an eye for detail and an intense desire to explore new concepts, Cobb’s designs are truly something to see.
Photo credit: John Cobb
As for the flaming engine table, the request came from a Calgary woman who saw Cobb’s work and wanted to surprise her husband with something unique. The concept of an engine table serving as a fire pit was his own, but Cobb brought this crazy design to life. It took three months of trial and error to compose it with the perfect details, including the extra touches of an ignition key and an accelerator pedal to control the flame. As you can probably imagine, this particular client was delighted with the outcome.
Talk to Motor1.com, Cobb tells us he’s happy to build more. Each is a personalized project, so there is a lot of collaboration throughout the process to bring individual visions to life. If a fiery engine is a bit too much for your current space, their website also lists camshaft lamps, crankshaft end tables, engine coffee tables, engine wine racks, and even a dock. for personalized smartphone made from a piston.
And if you have a crazy idea that isn’t on his website, let’s just say he’s up for the challenge.