Functional bathtub made from books

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31 Responses to “Functional bathtub made from books”

  1. goldenearth says:

    Not for “spineless”people -

  2. dculberson says:

    EULA for this comment section: Anyone who frets about damaging or defacing books owes me a soda.

  3. anwaya says:

    Well, well, I found breadcrumbs with a plausible destination. Cory, you have mail at craphound.

  4. Their feldspars says:

    Tune in tomorrow for a steampunk Arduino-controlled 3D printer that carves a depression into an old book to protect a banana.

  5. kongjie says:

    “Functional” only in the sense that it holds water. A regular, smooth bathtub takes work to keep clean; something like this with so many nooks and crannies would be completely unmaintainable.

  6. Tucker Teutsch 3.0 says:

    actually, with enough time and glue and grinding and resin and patience you could get the bathtub pretty darn smooth. you’d never be able to scour it though, as most cleaning products would leave a mark on resin. best bet: fiberglass inner. probably best left as an objet d’art, but it looks like the kind of hairbrained awesome and unwieldy project that i would gladly spend a month of my life working on and never quite finish. 

  7. Antinous / Moderator says:

    If you built it in a certain configuration (and didn’t live in the Desert) you could probably get away with not sealing it.  Like wool, which absorbs a certain amount of moisture and then becomes moisture-repellent.

  8. Kommkast says:

    I kinda want one, I wonder if two part epoxy sealant would hold up to some cleaners.. if not its just a matter of a lot of elbow grease I guess.

  9. David says:

    horrible.  Destruction of any book is terrible.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Millions of books are junked every year because they’re garbage and nobody wants them. Destroying The Da Vinci Code would be an act of personal liberation and of compassion for all the peoples of the earth.

      • BookGuy says:

        I’m all for the destruction of The Da Vinci Code, but please let it be just straight up destruction, not reuse in a bathtub.  If it was part of a bathtub and touched my naked flesh, I’d just feel so….soiled.

      • redjon says:

        Interesting it would be to discuss the relative merits of The Da Vinci Code, World of Warcraft, Angry Birds, The Book of Sith and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Oh, and the whole Steampunk thing.

  10. hakuin says:

    is there enough worthy erotica in the world?

  11. Aron says:

    this looks easy enough to finish, though expensive.  i would want to sand the books smooth on the inside of the tub.  fill in the gaps between the books with some type of pulp made out of the book left overs and then coat the inside with a nice clear boat epoxy.   the outside of the tub would need a spray on coat so you could keep the max amount of book texture. 

  12. guanto says:

    Just get a completely transparent bathtub and mount it in there. Probably not cheap but definitely more usable ;-).

  13. PeterNBiddle says:

    Build a lid for the tub out of plywood with a few inch hole cut in the top.
    Fill bottom of tub with ~6 inches of two-part marine epoxy.
    Spray one side of a sheet of 3 mil plastic with Pam and put that Pam side down over the tub. 
    Use rope wrapped around the tub and lid to secure lid to tub. 
    Stick weather balloon through the hole. 
    Fill balloon with air until its pressing hard against the lid. 
    Wait. 
    Voila.
    Probably will need some sanding and a top coat.

    • Aron says:

       i like the weather balloon but i think the sheet of three mill would leave crease lines up the side of the tub.  now im thinking the best way to do it is by vacuum bagging it with a custom formed bag made on the tub itself.

  14. Max says:

    That is freaking amazing. I want that Tub!

  15. Sandy says:

    Tune in tomorrow for a steampunk Arduino-controlled 3D printer that carves a depression into an old book to protect a banana

  16. OgilvyTheAstronomer says:

    “and ‘cleaning’ or ‘purifying’ one’s mind with from external, every day life bombarding from media”

    I wish the artists would feel secure enough to do something just “because it’s cool”, without all the ancillary, artsy, self-justifying transparent bullshit.

  17. valiant66 says:

    Damn. I was hoping a commenter would know more about the piece.

  18. parfae says:

    I repeatedly read “functional” as “fictional”. 

  19. Marie Cooper says:

    If only soaking up knowledge was that easy. :)  But it wouldn’t be as much fun.

    As much as I love books, there are some I would happily re-purpose.  “The Red Tent” represents several hours of my life I will never get back. 
    I wouldn’t mind seeing that go.

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