From Old Cable Spool To New Library Table

September 5, 2011  by Country Living.com 
 




Step One:
To build this brilliant “bookmobile” - crafted by Halligan Norris Smith and featured in Grace Bonney’s Design*Sponge at Home ($21.24; barnesandnoble.com) - search a commercial salvage yard or sites like eBay for a wooden cable spool (usually under $50). You’ll also need about 12 three-quarter-inch-thick wooden dowels that measure at least as tall as the spool when it’s lying flat on either wheel.

Step Two:
Lay the spool on one of its wheels, then use a ruler to measure the distance from the top of the top wheel to the top of the bottom wheel. Use a handsaw to cut the dowels to this size, then sand the spool and dowels.

Step Three: 
Measure the distance from one wheel’s outer edge to the spool’s core. Divide that number in half.

Step Four: 
Beginning at the outer edge of the top of the top wheel, measure in the distance computed in Step Three. Mark with a pencil. Repeat around the spool’s circumference, spacing marks an equal distance apart.

Step Five:
At each mark, drill all the way through the top wheel, using a three-quarter-inch spade bit. Then, with a hammer, drive a dowel into each hole, until the dowel’s bottom is secured against the bottom wheel. Paint spool and dowels, if desired; let dry.

Step Six: Evenly space three casters ($12 for five; ikea.com) in a triangle pattern atop the top wheel, placing each caster about an inch in from the edge, and drill into place. Flip the spool over and you’re ready to roll.

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12 comments:

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

That is amazing! Love it! Great description. I am featuring this Tuesday morning at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

molly susan strong said...

I absolutely love this! So fun. Plse come share at Market Mon. Such a creative use of salvaged goods.http://mollysusanstrong.blogspot.com/2011/09/market-monday-with-linky-creating-from.html

Monica said...

So cute! My uncle was an electrician and he would come over to our house and just bring these all the time. We used the small ones as little stools and my parents have an enormous one as a table outside. Now I'm wondering where I could get one to make this rolling table. It's cute!!

molly susan strong said...

Thanks!

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Just love the book table!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I completely love this! Fantastic!! Found you via Between Naps on the Porch. Tootles, Kathryn
http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/little-goodwill-finds.html

Alice said...

This is beyond fabulous! I want one for my house AND my classroom. Thanks for sharing.

Keren Duchan said...

it's stunning! I'd be willing to sew something in return for someone making me this table :-D

Bootersmom03 said...

Love this! Found you via Molly Susan Strong!

Jessica said...

My husband works for a company that installs cell towers....we always have wire reels around. He has made a bed and a TV stand out of the left over reels, it was cool to see someone else re-purposing the reels also. Thanks!

Csmkrmr6 said...

I made something very similar to this several months ago and was actually looking for a suggested price point to try to sell it at, any suggestions?

Also a small hint on Step 5. There is a better way to do that, instead of drilling the hole all the way through, just drill them both halfway from inside out. Then loosen the four long bolts slightly, and it will allow you to wiggle the dowel rods into place.

V.Potter said...

What size is this spool?

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