As much as I would love to take credit for this genius idea, this one belongs entirely to Mr. P. The story goes like this: one night after the girls are put to bed (which is usually when we hunker down on the couch and eat some dessert–don’t tell our daughters), Mr. P runs out the door. “Be right back!” Half an hour later he pulls up with a GIANT wooden spool. Apparently his building had tossed it out with the dumpster.
Finding spools can be tricky. I’ve heard you can call Home Depot or your electric company and just ask if they have any. Otherwise you can spend a pretty penny ordering them online.
If you can get your hands on one of these spools, it’s important to know how they’re held together before cutting them apart. The metal bolts at the top of the spool hold long rods that hold the two ends of the spool together. The wood in the middle is really only held together by the tension of the two outer sides. So when you go to cut one of these, you need to avoid the rods. Cutting into one will damage your saw blade and the spool.
To cut, make sure the spool is on a flat surface. Cut the side facing up all the way across. We used a circular saw with a metal-cutting blade for the metal ring in the center. The hard part about cutting a spool is making sure you’re cutting on a single plane (so that the table top and the base can sit flat against a wall). To help with this, drop a string with a nail tied to it to determine where to cut the bottom face. This ensures that the two halves are in the same plane. Lastly, make sure you have a hand saw (or sawzall) on hand to cut the inner angles.
So far we haven’t touched the spool other than slicing it in half. A gentle sanding might help, but I’d hate to remove any of the print on it, as that is a huge part of what gives this so much character.
I love how little room this console table takes up. Something about it’s shape provides a lot of table top surface, without being difficult to walk around. It also makes for a super place to write a blog post or two.