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(Japan Today)   In Japan, so-called "manholers" are enthusiasts of interesting designs associated with easy access to sewage systems and waterworks. Uh-huh   ( japantoday.com) divider line
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2017-11-07 02:23:39 AM  
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2017-11-07 02:59:34 AM  
Subby, Japanese manhole covers are all cast with artwork on. Often full color. Read your own link
 
2017-11-07 03:46:10 AM  

doglover: Subby, Japanese manhole covers are all cast with artwork on. Often full color. Read your own link


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2017-11-07 05:24:01 AM  
WRONG HOLE! WRONG HOLE!
 
2017-11-07 05:28:59 AM  
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2017-11-07 05:44:28 AM  
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Collect the hole set.
 
2017-11-07 06:25:27 AM  
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2017-11-07 06:51:02 AM  
Those are some pretty manholes.
 
2017-11-07 07:42:04 AM  
You'd never see nice manhole covers like those in the states. No profit in it.
 
2017-11-07 08:10:03 AM  
"No Tentacle-San, I poop from there!"
 
2017-11-07 08:20:13 AM  

Nick Nostril: You'd never see nice manhole covers like those in the states. No profit in it.


Oh I'm pretty sure you'd make a profit.  Especially replacing the ones that get stolen.
 
2017-11-07 08:43:52 AM  

UncleDirtNap: Nick Nostril: You'd never see nice manhole covers like those in the states. No profit in it.

Oh I'm pretty sure you'd make a profit.  Especially replacing the ones that get stolen.


I know of a manhole cover that was made in the 30's. It is an Art Deco design that incorporates lightening bolts. It's a remnant of the then city-owned electrical utility. It'd make a nice circular coffee table.
 
2017-11-07 08:46:17 AM  
freakingmoron:I know of a manhole cover that was made in the 30's. It is an Art Deco design that incorporates lightening bolts. It's a remnant of the then city-owned electrical utility. It'd make a nice circular coffee table.

You know now that you mention it buying and making old manhole covers into tables would probably be a nice little side business.
 
2017-11-07 08:50:01 AM  
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2017-11-07 08:57:31 AM  

UncleDirtNap: freakingmoron:I know of a manhole cover that was made in the 30's. It is an Art Deco design that incorporates lightening bolts. It's a remnant of the then city-owned electrical utility. It'd make a nice circular coffee table.

You know now that you mention it buying and making old manhole covers into tables would probably be a nice little side business.


I've thought about it. I asked a guy that works for the local utility about them. He said that when they replace them, which isn't often, they generally use a whole new kit and recycle the old bits. I don't know how you would go about getting in there to intercept them during that process though.

I'd love one of those Japanese ones.
 
2017-11-07 09:00:48 AM  
freakingmoron:I've thought about it. I asked a guy that works for the local utility about them. He said that when they replace them, which isn't often, they generally use a whole new kit and recycle the old bits. I don't know how you would go about getting in there to intercept them during that process though.

I'd love one of those Japanese ones.


I'm betting if you kept tabs with the local municipalities and the local scrap yards you'd end up with some.
 
2017-11-07 09:04:49 AM  
They all froat
 
2017-11-07 10:37:11 AM  
do they not have meth addicts to steal them for them?  Lot of metal in those covers!
 
2017-11-07 10:59:49 AM  
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2017-11-07 12:08:28 PM  
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2017-11-07 12:34:26 PM  

Nick Nostril: You'd never see nice manhole covers like those in the states. No profit in it.


I recall reading somewhere that during the great depression, unemployed artists were put to work designing manhole covers. Anyhow, there are some really nice ones in Seattle.
 
2017-11-07 01:15:19 PM  
It's not hard to make a sand mold. In fact, with a CNC router you could knock out custom molds for short runs using plywood or particle board. Just need to coordinate with a foundry.
 
2017-11-07 02:12:49 PM  
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2017-11-07 02:25:25 PM  

wildcardjack: It's not hard to make a sand mold. In fact, with a CNC router you could knock out custom molds for short runs using plywood or particle board. Just need to coordinate with a foundry.


Or cast them in aluminum yourself.
 
2017-11-07 02:38:55 PM  

freakingmoron: UncleDirtNap: freakingmoron:I know of a manhole cover that was made in the 30's. It is an Art Deco design that incorporates lightening bolts. It's a remnant of the then city-owned electrical utility. It'd make a nice circular coffee table.

You know now that you mention it buying and making old manhole covers into tables would probably be a nice little side business.

I've thought about it. I asked a guy that works for the local utility about them. He said that when they replace them, which isn't often, they generally use a whole new kit and recycle the old bits. I don't know how you would go about getting in there to intercept them during that process though.

I'd love one of those Japanese ones.


We got my boss a table made out of a manhole lid a couple of years ago.  I could probably find out the details of how that happened.

They appear to be in the $1,500-$2,000 range online though.
 
2017-11-07 02:57:50 PM  
Watch out for the manhole, bud.
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2017-11-07 03:01:16 PM  
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2017-11-07 05:27:43 PM  
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2017-11-07 05:58:27 PM  

Koodz: freakingmoron: UncleDirtNap: freakingmoron:I know of a manhole cover that was made in the 30's. It is an Art Deco design that incorporates lightening bolts. It's a remnant of the then city-owned electrical utility. It'd make a nice circular coffee table.

You know now that you mention it buying and making old manhole covers into tables would probably be a nice little side business.

I've thought about it. I asked a guy that works for the local utility about them. He said that when they replace them, which isn't often, they generally use a whole new kit and recycle the old bits. I don't know how you would go about getting in there to intercept them during that process though.

I'd love one of those Japanese ones.

We got my boss a table made out of a manhole lid a couple of years ago.  I could probably find out the details of how that happened.

They appear to be in the $1,500-$2,000 range online though.


I used to lurk in the Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America  (ABANA) enail-listserve years ago. I used to post various articles and, because I probably had more free time, became a regular user that searched for obscure pics or information on things things discussed there. ABANA was, at least then, a very helpful and open group that would share knowledge and provide advice on projects and technique.

Anyhow, I brought up the idea there and it turned out that it isn't an uncommon idea. They shared their designs for tables and offered me advice. I didn't want to weld the legs to the manhole cover so that the table could be moved in separate parts ( needing 4 people every time you rearranged furniture, it seemed prudent ). I still have the designs they shared somewhere.

I've moved around a few times since then and am just now getting settled enough to consider such a heavy project ( pun ). I'm even near people who have access to facilities to cast my own cover, as mentioned upthread, if I want to go that way.

I hadn't really thought about this lately. But after seeing this article I think this might be a project I should seriously consider.
 
2017-11-07 05:59:08 PM  

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2017-11-07 08:36:51 PM  
I laugh when I watch a movie and the actor comes up out of the sewer by lifting the manhole cover with one hand and peeking out.
 
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