Puzzle table - made from upcycled / recycled spool

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Project by rweitz posted 08-09-2013 05:50 AM 2631 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

so last in this batch of projects, I’ve not been adding them recently.

Anyway, I put this side table together from some materials I “upcycled” (the new word for repurposed stuff I guess). I got the spool top and some 2×4’s from a yard debris drop site. Normally this wood would have been chewed up and made into compost or some such. A little TLC and I have a side table with character and furniture cooler than I’ll ever be.

The idea for the base I got online searching for base ideas from something called “puzzle furniture”. You can search that and get hits from some old French designs and a new fella in Europe who’s making/selling a more modern looking set based on that idea.

The legs all slide together and form the tripod base. I liked the tripod as the top is somewhat uneven and this keeps it stable. Also it makes a great outdoor or deck table. good for any uneven surface. It may not sit perfectly level on an uneven surface, but at least it won’t be tippy.

I don’t work for Rockler btw, but I love the Arm-R-Seal again. So easy to apply I don’t dread finishing any more. It’s also very water resist. The outdoor bar I made my sis earlier has taken a load of water when her patio roof started leaking and that finish never even blinked.

The top is just lots of sanding and smoothing, some nailing and screws to make it tight, a urethane oil coating and a cherry stain to finish. (Not in that order btw, I know some of you are gonna raz me for that)

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#1 posted 08-10-2013 01:01 AM

That’s one mean sized cable drum, you have used, you are lucky to get hold of it as they don’t often get dumped for shredding.

Nice result

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 08-10-2013 04:27 AM

I like that rweitz! I have a little spool I’ve been wondering what to do with…hmmmm Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 08-10-2013 11:53 AM

Nice table. Is that some nicely twisted woods in that glass vase?

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 08-10-2013 11:55 PM

Hey Roger
I think its some twisted bark, something my wife picked up to accent the vase. Not sure where or what it is. We used it to simulate seaweed in her decoration scheme.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#5 posted 08-13-2013 03:27 PM

Cool table and has lots of character. Like the unique design especially on the legs. Very nice finish too. Great work!

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