V.I. Supply Blog

Industrial Pipe Guide... February 08 2016, 0 Comments

Here's a question that we get a lot...

"I made a desk/table, and used pipes that I picked up at Home Depot / Lowe's / Menards / etc. for the legs. Is there a caster that I can use to attach to the pipes?"

Absolutely! This is why we feature casters with expanding adapter stems that can be used on pipe legs. For a video explaining how it works, check this out.

The problem is, the sizes that are commonly listed on the packaging of these pipes is not exactly accurate. In order to find out which adapter size is required, you first need to measure the inside diameter of the pipe legs you're using. This can be tricky, so we went ahead and did all the dirty work for you...

We covered the four main sizes that you'll find at the major hardware outlets: 1/2", 3/4", 1", and 1-1/4". You'll see that the true measurements are quite different than what they list on the packaging, which is where most of the confusion comes from when trying to find casters for pipe legs.

Just take the inside diameter listed above (which is also listed on the product pages), match it up to the "expanding stem range" drop-down option, and you're good to go. If you're pipe size falls outside the four sizes we included, the same process applies - you'll just have to measure the inside diameter of the pipe yourself.

Expanding stems are available on both the 4 inch and 5 inch versions.

Now get out there and make some cool stuff!


How to Attach Casters: Using Tee Nuts February 04 2016, 0 Comments


How to Install Casters: Metal Tube Legs... September 08 2015, 0 Comments


New Product: Non-Marking Vintage Casters May 31 2015, 0 Comments

Don't say we never listen to our customers...

Ever since we invented our line of Vintage-Industrial casters and wheels, we've had a ton of people asking for a wheel tread that was safe for all flooring types. Sure, we offered the rubber tread versions in a 5 inch version, in a 6 inch version, and in an 8 inch version - but the same thing was unavailable in the smaller 1-1/4" wide versions.

Note the verbiage there; was unavailable. This is no longer the case.

VI Supply is happy to report that we now offer a brand-new line of polyurethane tread swivel and rigid vintage industrial casters and wheels! Yippee! Hurray!

Now in stock and available for immediate shipping, the 4 and 5 inch versions comes standard with a black polyurethane wheel tread, which is safe for all flooring types, while still featuring the throw-back, steampunk look of a spoke wheel hub. You can now officially have your cake and eat it too.

4" x 1-1/4" Swivel Caster

4" x 1-1/4" Swivel Caster w/ Wheel Brake

4" x 1-1/4" Rigid Caster

5" x 1-1/4" Swivel Caster

5" x 1-1/4" Swivel Caster w/ Wheel Brake

5" x 1-1/4" Rigid Caster

We know it's been extremely tough to find a caster with that classic vintage-industrial look and feel to it that you will feel safe rolling around on hardwood floors - this is why we created this specific wheel. One less thing to worry about, right?

If you have questions, as always, please send an email to info@vintageindustrialsupply.com - or you can reach us on Twitter at @VISupply.

Cheers, and happy DIYing! (That really looks like dying, doesn't it? We hope you know what we meant. Do-It-Yourselfing, of course. Definitely not dying. That would be an awful thing to say.)


Look What You've Done: Mark's Distressed Retro Dresser February 02 2015, 0 Comments

Without question, the best part of working with DIY'ers is seeing all of the amazing finished products they create with the help of V.I. Supply. You'll remember the last installment "Mel's Coffee Table", and if you haven't checked it out yet, well, get on it!

The "Look What You've Done" portion of the blog is back, and this time we have this amazing Vintage/Industrial Distressed Wood Dresser, made by a customer named Mark with the help of our 4 inch Vintage Swivel Casters...

How cool is that?!?! Here's another view...

Love the distressed wood look on the front, and love how the casters finish off a truly unique piece.

Great job, Mark! You've won the prize. Not exactly sure what the prize is, but you've definitely won it.


New Product: Vintage Industrial Desk January 26 2015, 0 Comments

We've added a new item, and we think it's pretty great. Do yourself a favor, and check this bad boy out!

Spoiler! It's this...


Floor Flanges! January 19 2015, 0 Comments

If you're a fan of making cool stuff, you hopefully already know about floor flanges. They are a great way to connect metal pipes to wood table tops, floors, and countless additional applications and surfaces.

V.I. Supply is now carrying these wonderful little life-savers in many different sizes, in both galvanized and black.

Check them out here!


New Product! December 20 2014, 0 Comments

If you are a fan of some seriously cool stuff, check out the new Rockwell Gear Stool which was just added to the collection.

You won't be sorry you did...


DIY Platform Bed... August 20 2014, 0 Comments

A customer used four of our vintage casters on the bottom of a platform bed they made for their son - how cool is this???


Exposed Brick Wall... June 20 2014, 0 Comments

Greetings and salutations, friends! Many apologies for not having updated the blog in some time, but I thought I'd give you a little glimpse into one of the things that has been consuming my time recently.

While it's definitely not totally completed as of yet (need to deal with the fireplace, address crown molding situation, etc.), I think it turned out really great. The wall was plastered over in the early 1900's, so this is the first time the brick has seen the light of day in 100 years. Crazy!

If I could give you one important tip if you're thinking of taking on this kind of project, it would be to NEVER DO IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Kidding. But seriously, over prepare. Put plastic over everything. Treat the room in which you're working as if it had a deadly airborne disease floating around inside, and have super-crazy-great ventilation to the outside at all times.

So. Much. Dust.


Look What You've Done: Mel's Pallet Coffee Table... April 24 2014, 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, a nice young lady from Quebec named Mel bought four of our 4 inch cast iron Vintage swivel casters. Through various messages on our Etsy store, she said that her intent was to use them to spice up a hand-crafted coffee table made from reused and upcycled shipping pallets, and I made her promise to send me pictures of the finished product when she was done.

She did not disappoint! Here are a few shots she sent me of what she came up with...

Love love love the Anchor Brewing theme! Love it so much! Those wonderful people out in San Francisco make some of the most delicious beer you'll find anywhere.

Here it is from a wider angle. You can tell she put a lot of time and effort into this project, and it looks great. She even added multiple shelves and smaller flat surfaces so she'd have many different places to misplace her remote. Ha!

Here you can see exactly how the casters make this a truly unique piece. I've seen a ton of poorly-made pallet coffee tables with casters someone picked up from the Home Depot (gross!) and they just don't give you that Vintage-Industrial feel that something with a spoked wheel hub and non-shiny finish on the swivel fork does. Mel went above and beyond, and you can tell she's going to get many a compliment on her coffee table during her next dinner party. Assuming she does dinner parties, of course.

Many thanks to Mel for sharing her work with us! I couldn't be more proud to have my product displayed so wonderfully on such a unique piece of furniture. Working with DIY enthusiasts is the best part of doing what I do.

 


The Coolest Stuff: Real Industrial Edge Furniture... April 22 2014, 0 Comments

Sometimes you'll run across something while browsing the internet and you'll think, "that's pretty neat". Occasionally you'll run across something while browsing the internet and you'll think, "that's really neat". Rarely - very, very rarely - you'll run across something while browsing the internet and you'll think, "THAT MIGHT BE THE COOLEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN".

At some point in the middle of 2013, I was mindlessly looking at stuff on Instagram, not really paying attention to anything I was seeing, and I came upon Real Industrial Edge Furniture. I immediately had one of those rare "THAT MIGHT BE THE COOLEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN" moments, and ended up spending multiple hours browsing through a seemingly endless product catalog of some seriously awesome creations.

The man behind these creations was (and still is) Justin Real. I reached out to him to let him know how much I admired his work, and he emailed me back in less than five minutes to say "thanks". We've been working together ever since.

Whether it be an amazing side table, a glass-topped i-beam coffee table, a sinfully-wonderful rolling media cabinet, a custom reclaimed wood top bar, an ash top industrial desk, or a rolling industrial entertainment stand, Justin just flat-out comes up with the coolest stuff you'll ever see.

He was kind enough to lend me a couple minutes last week, and I asked him a few questions in order to illustrate what goes into his process.

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Five Questions with Justin Real (Real Industrial Edge Furniture, LLC)

1. How long have you been creating furniture, and how did you get started?
Ten years. I got started by just being sick of junk furniture, so I built a few stools for fun one day and it took off from there. I've always built things, and have always had an interest in motorcycles, cars, and architecture. To me they've always all seem connected in some strange way.

2. Of all your creations, which one is your personal favorite?
My personal favorite piece so far was a giant reception desk that I made for Crunch Gym in Sydney, Australia. (note: here is the link to that reception desk - it's amazing)

3. What's the biggest challenge you face on a daily basis?
My biggest challenge is focusing on one thing at a time. I have a very full plate, but I also have so many things that I want to build or improve upon - but there's only so much time in a day. Also, the ripoff artists who steal my designs and then do them poorly. (note: there are a TON of them that I've personally come across, and I won't do them the favor of mentioning them by name)

4. What inspires you to create?
My main inspirations come from architecture, and the mechanics of motorcycles. I love to see all the different parts that make things work.

5. How can people get in touch with you?
A few outlets...
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Thanks to Justin for taking time out of his day to answer my questions.

Do yourself a favor, and check out Real Industrial Edge Furniture. Drool over your favorite work of art, appreciate the originality therein, and forward it along to a friend.




Now live on Etsy... March 28 2014, 0 Comments

Our new Etsy store is up and running! Hurray!

We'll be adding product as time goes by, and we're really looking forward to getting in touch with yet another sector of people who are doing really cool stuff. Sadly, we won't be offering this questionable headgear. And we are definitely taking a stand against creepy baby skull candles. SO WEIRD.

Onward and upward!


Industrial Pipe Shelf... March 26 2014, 0 Comments

We are hard at work here at V.I. Supply, and each day continue to build our product base up with really, really cool stuff. It's a delicate process, as we don't want to throw just anything out there. We want everything we create to live up to the expectations we have for ourselves, which is tough - because not everything is cool enough to be given the V.I. Supply stamp of approval.

Our newest addition is pretty neat. This industrial pipe shelf is a significant and way-cool step beyond the typical boring bookshelves you see every time you turn around.

There is beauty in its minimalist look and feel. There isn't a large, unnecessary footprint taking up more space than needed on your wall, and there aren't massive flat surfaces collecting dust day after day. It is strong, it is robust, and it gives off that feeling of "the right tool for the job" that we just absolutely love.

Also, it weighs only 7.55 lbs - how many other bookshelves can say that? How many bookshelves can easily be installed by yourself?

We love this book shelf, and are excited that it's finally added to our product line.


DIY Tip: LED lights are awesome... March 03 2014, 0 Comments

I'm an admitted DIY addict. That is to say, I like to take stuff that others would throw out and make something really cool out of it. While that process seems simple enough in its description, actually getting around to coming up with an idea, making plans, gathering materials, starting the project, fighting through the inevitable bumps in the road, and finishing the project is a different story all together.

To help those who want to help themselves become expert DIY warriors, I like to pass along whatever tips and tricks I have accumulated to the masses. Here is one such tip...

LED LIGHTS ARE AWESOME!!!!!

And they are more affordable than ever. While I very much prefer to source my materials from local vendors (and sometimes even local dumpsters), it's hard to pass up this deal from the almighty Amazon - 16.4 feet of sinfully easy to install LED lights, complete with remote control, sticky backs for installation simplicity, the ability to easily program your own patterns, and your choice of every color under the sun with the simple touch of a button. Have mercy.

Add them quickly and easily to a variety of home applications: inside the shelving of your entertainment unit, on a bookshelf above your bed, under your kitchen cabinets, around the sinks in your bathroom, on the staircase in your entryway, or even on the legs of your coffee table.

The possibilities are seriously endless, and they add a touch of modern class to that area of your home that you've been wanting to update on a budget.


DIY Casters Added... February 27 2014, 0 Comments

I've recently finished adding our cast iron spoke hub casters to the product page, and they are officially in stock and ready to ship!

When using casters for a DIY or industrial design application, I've found that most people prefer a vintage look on their wheels. We accomplish this look and feel by offering the spoke wheel hub design on both the 1-1/4 wide and 2 inch wide casters. Caster companies in general don't offer these types of wheels, as they see it as being an antiquated product which no longer serves a purpose.

How wrong they are!

These casters look AMAZING on a number of different applications. I think they have the capacity to take, say, an ordinary pallet wood coffee table and make it look like something out of a high-end design catalog. The more you increase the wheel diameter, the more your casters will pop to the eye, and the happier you'll be with what you've created.

Don't just take my word for it - try them out for yourself! It'll be the best decision you make all week. Or all year. Or possibly in your entire life.


What does "Vintage Industrial" mean? February 17 2014, 0 Comments

About two years ago, I would say somewhere around March of 2012, I wanted to build a nightstand. The nightstand I was currently using was plain, boring, and didn't tell a story. I felt that it didn't fit well into my life, as weird as that sounds.

I wasn't plain, I wasn't boring, and I frequently had a story to tell - regardless of whether or not someone wanted to hear that story.

Working in the material handling business, I had access to many, many wooden pallets - too many of which were being thrown away due to the overwhelming number of them in my workshop at any given time. I hate wasting anything, so I decided to take some of those pallets, break them down, and build my nightstand out of the materials left over. After gathering the wood, sanding that wood down, staining it, sealing it, and assembling it into the final product, I decided that I wanted to attach casters to the piece of furniture I had created.

I have been in the caster industry for more than a decade. If a caster or wheel exists anywhere in the world, I am very likely to know a lot about it and from where exactly to source it. I noticed that there was a tremendous lack of product available in what I referred to as the "vintage industrial" line, and that seemed odd to me. I defined "vintage industrial" as a product that seemed to be from a different era, or something that seemed to at least be an homage to a time which had long since passed.

I wanted a caster with a cast iron wheel that had a spoked wheel hub, and I wanted that caster to have a matted, non-shiny finish on the fork. I looked high and low, in every nook and cranny in the caster industry, and I couldn't find the product that I had envisioned in my head.

So I had two options. I could either accept that the "vintage industrial" caster I wanted didn't exist and use something in its place that I would ultimately be unhappy with, or I could create the vision I had from scratch. I chose the latter, and my line of Retro-Vintage Casters was born.

So, what does "Vintage Industrial" mean? I don't know that there's a legitimate, dictionary-type definition that one could assign to "Vintage Industrial". I suppose I see it as more of a movement than an actual physical, tangible product or collection of products. To me, "Vintage Industrial" means taking something that others consider useless, old, and past its prime, and making something wonderful out of it. Taking a torn-up wooden pallet, and making a really, really cool piece of furniture out of it. Creating something with a story to tell. Breaking away from the plain, the boring, the plastic nothingness of the typical consumer market, and planting your uniqueness onto something, or a collection of somethings, that would have been otherwise overlooked.

In short, "Vintage Industrial" means making something cool out of something that was not cool when you found it.

If you aren't plain, if you aren't boring, and if you have a story to tell, you probably know what I'm talking about. This is what "Vintage Industrial" means to me.


Hello, World... January 06 2014, 0 Comments

Thank you for visiting our blog. Today is the first day of the rest of our lives, and we are working hard to get the website up and running smoothly. Thank you for your patience as we get everything in order.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at info@vintageindustrialsupply.com - thanks again.