Thursday, July 28, 2016

Repurposing Old Propane Tanks

How to turn this . . .

Renew, reuse, recycle, upcycle propane tanks

Into This!

Renew, reuse, recycle, upcycle propane tanks


1 - Discarded Propane Tank
1 - 17" Diameter Round Wood Table Top (we got ours at Home Depot)
1 - 20" Diameter or Larger Round Glass Table Top
100 feet of 1/2" Twisted Sisal Rope
3 - 1" Galvanized Pipe Straps (Found in the plumbing section at Home Depot)
6 - 3/4" Wood Screws
Old Wire Clothes Hanger Straightened or Similar Wire
Hot Glue Gun
30 + - Hot Glue Sticks (This will depend on the size of your gun and how much glue you apply. Ours was the craft gun that uses the Mini Sticks 4" x .28")
Optional Table Topper Cloth
Cordless Screw Driver
Measuring Tape
Utility Knife or Sharp Scissors to cut rope

Before starting this project:  Let me state the obvious - Make sure your propane tank is EMPTY of gas!

Step One: Find a Flat surface to work on. Depending on how nasty your tank is, you may choose to do this on an outside table that is close to an electrical outlet. Lay tank on table, on its side and use 2 items on either side as chocks. Here we used our small levels but almost anything will do.
Next: Lay Spool of Rope on the ground and feed it up as you turn the tank while gluing.  I would suggest starting at the very bottom of the side. (I have no idea what I was thinking here.)

Work from Left to Right - spread glue, place rope in the glue, turn the tank to the left as you continue to glue to the right.

Keep the rope pulled tight against the tank.

Be sure to keep the rope tight against the previous placed rope, also.

Keep each new rope applied, tight.

Continue gluing and placing rope up the tank. You may need to take a break as this step takes quite a while.

Once you reach the concaved top, continue with the same gluing technique.

Glue all the way up the neck of the tank.

When you reach the top, you will need to cut your rope. Use a cutting knife or very sharp scissors to cut the rope, at an angle, along the twist (as pictured above). Glue the frayed ends just to clean it up a bit.

After the glue has hardened, feed your galvanized strap through the top of the tank's holes.

Next:  Use your hanger wire, or whatever wire you have on hand to tighten the inside straps. Since we have no way of attaching the inside of  the straps to the table, you will want to tighten these down so your table top will not rock. Pull wire through one of the strap's inside hole and wrap around the tank's center knob. Continue process on the next two straps then, pull wire as tight as you can and wrap excess around the knob. Its not going to look pretty but it will be out of sight on the finished product.

Attaching Table Top:  Lay your table top on a flat work surface. Flip tank upside down on the table top (you may need help with this step as these tanks tend to get heavy). Measure equal distances from the edge of the table top to the tank.

Once you have the tank positioned where you like, pull one of the straps out as far as it will go and begin screwing in the screws. (You pull on straps to try to take out as much give as possible. This will help keep the table top from rocking.) Repeat with last 2 straps. (Here I used a plastic washer on the screws and drilled them in at angle, since I didn't have 3/4" wood screw on hand).

Renew, reuse, recycle, upcycle propane tanks
Remember to get help here as this is going to be even heavier. Flip it over, spread on your table topper cloth (If you chose to use one). Place the glass on top of that, and Now, its ready for use. I chose to use the table topper to help cover the neck of the tank. Its also a cheap way to help complete a look in the room you intend to use it in. This one was picked up at the Dollar Tree for a dollar.

These would be great for Nautical Themed homes, rooms or beach houses. Our home is nowhere near the beach and it still works. You can paint the rope a solid color before placing the table top to give it a totally different look. A nice painted or applique Anchor or Seahorse on the side would complete a Coastal look. Thinking of using a darker rope on the next one to use on a porch.

Oh and the vase on top is a glass jar with the excess rope twirled around it.