Making a tractor tire skylight frame

by ziggy on October 19, 2008 -- 7 comments -- Follow


A few nights ago, a flash of brilliance struck during a conversation after dinner about making a frame for a future skylight in my reciprocal roof. We were sitting around, thinking of alternatives to making a wood frame, which would have proved quite difficult considering the irregular nature (14 uneven round poles) of the top of the roof.

And then someone mentioned a tire. And then I remembered the huge tractor tires we have lying around on the property, and amazingly enough, the dimensions were nearly perfect: a five foot diameter tire with a three foot diameter hole, perfect for the 4.5 foot diameter rafter ring, and 3.5 foot diameter hole in the roof.



I borrowed a reciprocating saw and cut the tire in half (not a pleasant experience: it stunk [literally]!), and then with the help of a few others, we hoisted it onto the roof, and onto the top of the rafters. Viola! A tractor tire skylight frame!


I plan on having a piece of thick glass cut to the size of the tire, and then I will caulk it to the surface, and then maybe brace it with some screws.

If this works, I will have to recommend it to others with spare tractor tires lying around… of which there are plenty headed for landfills, too, no doubt…

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  • Antique Tractor Auctions

    Nice looking blog. Which template are you using? Nice post as well!

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  • frederick denisom

    very nice…i plan to go see the eco-village before i move to texas and put my off the gris plan in motion…fd

  • frederick denisom

    ummmm…i mean off the grid…fd

  • Orlando Orthodontist

    Nice work on that tire. Turned out pretty well afterwards.

  • Theodore

    That is a very efficient way to use that unwanted tire tube . Where exactly are you? I have never heard of Dancing Rabbit EcoVillage.

  • DR is in northeast Missouri, in Scotland County.

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