Apr 27, 2015

How to: DIY Industrial Spool Table

Cutting a SpoolOne of the best Industrial tables I've seen comes from an old recycled wire spool. Here's a great DIY on making one yourself.   We've all seen the large wooden spools loaded with wire next to an open trench. These large cable holders are built tough for industrial work and last for a long time in the field. But once their duty is done, new life as a table (or stools for the smaller ones) really give the weathered wood an excellent purpose.Cut Legs

Finding one these spools is no small feat, but if you know where to look they're out there. Look around for industrial yards that deal with large cables or wires and there may be a few battered spools in the corner. Here is the full tutorial on how they made theirs into a great industrial table.Finished Table


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David on Oct 11, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

I don't think I would recommend using the spools for growing edibles, as they usually contain all kinds of preservatives and industrial chemicals from their past life. As potters for decorative plants, they would likely work great! Cheers, David


Patricia on Oct 07, 2015:

OK, I just bought two spools and wanted to make them into planters for my tomatoes.  I thought that I could cut the hole larger on one end and wire mesh the other.  Can this be done to grow tomato plants?