Grand Idea Studio

Hard Drive Coffee Table


The Hard Drive Coffee Table is built from an original 26 inch diameter hard drive platter from an early storage device, the Control Data Corporation 6603 Disk File Controller manufactured by Bryant-Excello circa 1967. The Reference Manual for this vintage piece of computing history has been preserved here.

The center hub of the hard drive platter is solid aluminum. The custom-created pedestal is also solid aluminum; a cylinder measuring 5 9/10 inches in diameter and 18 1/2 inches in length. It has a machined top and bottom to fit into the hard drive hub and base, respectively. The base is solid aluminum and 12 inches in diameter, 1 3/4 inches high and was obtained from a now-defunct government laboratory. Four bolts are screwed into tapped holes in the pedestal in order to secure the hard drive platter and the pedestal is press-fit into the base. It is covered with standard 1/4 inch table glass. The completed design measures 19 1/2 inches high and weighs 64 pounds.

This piece is one-of-a-kind and not for sale.



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