Monday, August 27, 2012

Making a Spool Table

Lately I've been seeing spool tables in catalogs like Ballard Design and Crate and Barrel. I love how they look so nautical and organic and are also so functional.  I've been wanting to try my hand at making one for a while and last week finally went out and gathered all the materials.

Here is how it turned out--it really does look like a spool of thread, right?

Here are the parts I bought to make the table.
The guys at my local lumberyard helped me by cutting the plywood circles and the Sonotube to size since I do not do power tools!

The first step was to glue the rope onto the Sonotube with a hot glue gun.

My measurements were off and I had to buy more rope (opps!)  
Here's how to determine the length of rope you'll need: 
1. Measure the width of the rope (in inches) and divide that into the length of the tube.
2. Measure the circumference of the tube. 
3. Multiply both numbers together and divide by twelve. 

I bought my rope at Lowe's.

Next I stained the plywood top and bottom with a dark walnut stain...
followed by a coat of clear water-based varnish in a satin finish.

The bottom circle is glued on, but the top is attached with Velcro--you can open and close it...
making the inside a great spot for storing things like pillows, blankets or even toys!

Linking up to:
C.R.A.F.T.
Homemaker on a Dime 
Not JUST A Housewife 
Sugar Bee Crafts 
Someday Crafts 
House of Hepworths 
The Shabby Nest 
Miss Mustard Seed 
creative jewish mom 
The Well Crafted Home

30 comments:

  1. Wow!! What a great little storage table. How creative!

    Adrienne

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  2. Oh my gosh this is brilliant! I love this and your blog. I am going to take a minute and check out more of your posts. Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and enter my giveaway!
    Karin

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  3. Oh I love this idea! How clever and the storage is brilliant!

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    1. Thank you Danni--The storage is coming in very handy!

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  4. Wow...how fantastic!!! Hopped over from Someday Crafts and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Blessings ~ Judy @ www.vintagestreetdesigns.com

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Someday Crafts! I will be featuring your project tomorrow on our blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. What a great project! I live in a new construction neighborhood and we have electrical spools around-I wonder if I could do something similar? Pinning this-thanks for sharing...here from HofH.

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    1. Melissa, Yes! You could save time using electrical spools. Send me a pic!

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  7. I saw this at FurnitureFeatureFriday! Great project! I may need to make a few of these,too! ~Amber

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  8. This looks great! I can't wait to make one! Seen this featured on Someday Crafts =)



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  9. Love this! I liked to have one for my sewing room. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. What a great idea for a table and seems so easy!

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    1. Not hard but time consuming and eats up a lot of rope!

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  11. Do you have an estimate on how much you spent? Love it!

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    1. Lisa, I spent more than I thought I would. I ran out of rope and had to buy more..I'd say around $100.

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  12. This is beautiful! And it makes for some genius storage! I am pinning this! I would love it if you would link this up at my link party this week! You can find it here:

    http://thewellcraftedhome.blogspot.com/2012/09/well-crafted-wednesday-19-link-party.html

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  13. LOVE it, and your furniture too! thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  14. That is really cute. The storage idea makes yours better than the originals.

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  15. awesome! I'm going to have to make one of these for my next house!

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