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How to Create a Custom Front Door Using Bicycle Parts

The Voice: Hey, Kevin. What are you doing?

Kevin Caron: Well, I'm making the sun rise.

This is a commission for a house up in Flagstaff. And these folks are really into bicycle cruising. She?s cycled across the country several times.

They both ride bicycles just about every single day, and they wanted a new front door. So, this is a custom steel door with a bicycle theme.

The crosspieces are the roads, and I'm going to make little bicycles - cruisers, mountain bikes, bicycles built for two - and weld them on, so there will be bicycles going everywhere.

The door handle will be a bicycle crank and a pedal, so you walk up and just put your hand on the pedal to open the door. I even bought them a new front doorbell, a bicycle "aooga" horn.

Right now I'm making the door here in my studio, and also working on a set of custom handrails to go on either side on the front stairs. The railings are laid out in steps.

This pattern on the steel is called "tree bark" because it's got a tree bark pattern to it. I lay all of the pieces of steel railing out, then bend them all up.

Next I'll come in like I did on this piece of steel and hollow out the end a little bit so it fits flush against the next piece, so I can come back and weld them all together and finish it all up.

So that's what I'm doing - cutting all the pieces, making it all fit, welding them all together.

This is the custom handrail that goes on the top of the welded tree bark. Check it out. It's got bicycle tracks in it. What will they think of next?

OK. I'm going back to work. We'll see you guys next time. Bye!

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