One Man's Junk

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This one comes with more of a story than woodworking. My younger brother and I were pulling out of his place of work than what do I happen to find but an empty beat up wire spool from the construction project across the street. So what’s a kid to do?

First, look for cops. None. Then toss the thing in the back of the truck and worry about the consequences later. My brother did not take this in stride – he became my moral compass for all of two moments. I jumped in the truck, he gave me a look like Goose shot Maverick at the bar (no she didn’t Mav. Yes, yes Goose, she did) and he slammed the tailgate up and jumped in after me.

Two months later, my wife saw this in the workshop and decided to make an endtable out of it. We fitted a ten-buck Walmart halogen lamp onto the base, and viola! instant furniture, and a bit better than the cinderblocks and pine of my college years.

The lamp, unfortunately did not make the trip into TX, where we now live.

Moral of the story: one man’s treasure is another’s junk.


-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#1 posted 06-17-2008 12:52 AM

Thats a lot nicer looking than the spools you find around here.

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 06-17-2008 01:13 AM

We did have a table just like that in college…nobody ever cleaned the table and it was a mess. I built a clay serpent crawling in and out of the holes in the top. Because it just seemed like something should be living in the mess. It would have been less work to clean the table…but darn it the dishes needed cleaned too!

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#3 posted 06-17-2008 02:00 AM

There’s one twice that size at my brothers place up north at Houghton Lake. We were going to make a picknick
Table out of it. That was five years ago. It still sits were it was when he bought the place. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 06-17-2008 04:54 AM

I like it !

Been to a resturant once that used spools for tables.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 06-18-2008 07:53 PM

I like what you did with the stains. Where did you find green? I don’t think I ve ever seen one that looked so finished. I seems to suit that corner well.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#6 posted 07-03-2008 04:37 AM

I made one from a 5 foot across spool that fit 8 bar stools underneath it. We would roll it all over the neighborhood in roosevelt roads naval base, from bbq to party to beach. It was finished in 12 coats of spar urethane and had rope trim around the edges. It was one of the projects I had to let go of due to yet another military move. (last Month). I will miss it. yours is very cool. I know you will get years of enjoyment from it.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 12-31-2009 03:31 PM

one man’s junk is another man’s junk is another man’s junk is…..................... But that doesn’t stop any man from trying.

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