Starting off with a wire spool that I got for free from the hardware store, 3/4” dowels, and a piece of plywood, I got started.
I finished off my sons room with a diy nightstand using a wire spool from the hardware store and some wooden dowels.
Doing a sample cut was a good idea, and I moved it all around the spool to make sure it would fit all the way around.
Setting up a guide stop is the best way to go if you are doing multiple cuts that are the same size. This made it super quick and easy, since I didn’t have to measure each piece, and each piece cut exactly the same.
Having the dowels all cut at once is handy and a time saver. For my 20” spool, I used between 75-100 cut dowels. I got 4 pieces out of one 4ft dowel.
A quick sand on each end was all these needed.
Then simply begin inserting dowels and nailing with a nail gun. I flipped it on it’s side and nailed from top and bottom as I worked my way around.
To finish off the top of the spool, I traced the top and cut out a circle using my jigsaw. I then nailed this onto the spool for a smooth finished top.
To add some height I added feet before attaching the dowels.
I then used flagstone stain to get the color I wanted. I used a rag and did a light coat.
My son loves his new nightstand.
I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and it finishes off the room perfectly!!!