Cable Reels……16 Great Ideas For Their Transformation

Cable Reels Are Not Just Overgrown Cotton Bobbins

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There are so many ways of upcycling cable reels,,,,I hope this post will inspire you to create your own innovative designs.

Here are a few pros and cons when it comes to cable reel furniture…..

Pros……

  • The wood has been treated with preservative, which penetrates deep into the fibres, so the reel will not rot.

  • Although reels  may have been treated with insect repellent and anti-fungal products, any harmful properties will have been washed away over time by the weather.

  • Larger reels are very heavy, which is a major deterrent to burglars.

Cons……

  • The wood may be very rough, so it is hard work sanding it down

  • You may come across protruding or buried nails which will rip your sanding block to pieces

Where to find your cable reels

Cable reels come in a wide range of sizes and are made of  cardboard, wood or plastic……but where can you find them?

  • Utility companies who are laying electric and water services.

  • Local recycling centres

  • Local tradespeople….electricians, plumbers, builders and telephone contractors

  • Electrical retail stores

  • Local council depots

  • Online auction sites

So here are some ideas. Wherever possible I have given a link to the source material, where you will often find instructions on how to make the artefact. I have tried to find a broad range of uses for a cable reel…..not just tables.

 

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Multi Storey Car Park

Car racetrack

https://fabartdiy.org/diy-wood-cable-reel-race-car-track-tutorial/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Clock

Clock

Etsy Beerhill Woodwork


Chair with Book Storage

Seat with book storage

meubleenpalette.com/chaises-de-palettes


Play Table

Play Table

tpcraft.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Magic Garden

Magic Garden

myfairygardens.com


Dog Bed and Table

Dog Bed

instructables.com/Turn-a-Cable-Spool-into-a-Side-Table-Dog-Bed/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Horse Swing

Horse Swing

pionik.com


Tic Tac Table

Tic Tac Table

.hometalk.com/1727075/tic-tac-toe-garden-table

 

 

 


Bedroom Table

white Bed Table

acraftymix.com/blog/

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bench

Bench 500

http://meubleenpalette.com/chaises-de-palettes/

 

 

 

 


Book Shelves

Bookshelf

remodelandolacasa.com

 

 


Corner Shelves

Corner shelf

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Duck House with Storage

Duck house with storage

instructables.com/cable-spool-bench-with-storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Table and Four Stools

Table and stools 2

diypallet.selbermachendeko.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Seesaw

Seesaw 1

hometalk.com

 

 

 

 

 

Table and Five  Stools

Table 4 stools1

vavoom.co.au

 

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One or Two Tips and Tricks

Preparing the Cable Reel

Sanding Wax

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  • Check the reel for any protruding nails and remove them

  • Sand down the reel using a power sander if possible using a coarse grade of grit. Save any lettering as this will give your reel character and reinforce its original purpose.

  • Brush off any sawdust so you have a nice clean surface

  • Waxing

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    Now bring the surface to life using a wax polish, such as Briwax, which comes in a wide range of colours. Briwax will find its way into all those nooks and crannies…….your scruffy old cable reel will be transformed.


Creating a Flat Surface for the Table top

Template table top

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Some cable reels come with protruding nuts, which may scratch little fingers and overturn objects placed on the table.

To deal with this problem, cut a circle out of a piece of ply.  The ply should be

Template Table Top 2

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thicker than the amount that the nut/bolt protrudes. Cut a circular tabletop and place on top of the other piece of ply which acts as a packer.

 

 

 

 

 

Let your creativity run riot with a cable reel!

Take a look at other posts I have written about recycling……

15 Great Whiskey Barrel Furniture Projects

Pallet Furniture – 15 Great Great Projects To Make Yourself

 

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