Cable Spool Project

by Jackie
A little while ago, I posted a question on Hometalk Discussions about what to do with this cable spool and I got so many helpful answers. I'm ready to share my results!!!
I started with one small cable spool donated by my son. Bought sandpaper,feet,screws,electrical stuff for the lamp (plug,wire,bulb holder and bulb), rust remover, wood sealant, paintbrush, and rope. All set for the journey!!
First off I removed the nuts and washers holding the long bolts in order to remove the rust from them. ONLY DO THIS ONE BOLT AT A TIME!!!! I didn’t! The whole thing nearly collapsed on me. I struggled for an hour to get it back together again, cursing all the time.

Gave up. Nearly threw the spool away at that stage! Next day I tried again. This time, got it right!
Soaked the nuts and washers in the de-ruster for 15 minutes- ONE AT A TIME THAT IS. Washed them, sprayed them with Q20 to stop them rusting again and put them back.
See the smiley face now!!
While all this soaking of nuts and washers was happening, I started the sanding process. I didn’t go overboard as I like the rustic feel!
4 feet, 4 screws, a little measuring and all in place.
The fun part for me was putting the wood sealant on. Love watching the wood come alive!
Then I fitted the light fitting to a thin piece of laminated wood that I found in the shed, attached the wire and plug……
….and fastened the whole thing to the base of the spool. Obviously over the biger hole in the base!
Next, I glued the rope around the base of the spool. Enlisted my mom to hold it in place while I took the photo!
Finished result by day….
….And by night. I am glad I didn’t throw it away!
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  • Julie Banks Julie Banks on Dec 14, 2016
    What a brilliant idea I'm now on the hunt for some spools for my daughters rooms,I'm currently making them pallet beds and the spools will make some nice bedside tables fitting in withe rustic effect.
  • Susana Rogero-Brinkman Susana Rogero-Brinkman on Dec 14, 2016
    How do you change the light bulb?
  • Gail Browne Phillips Gail Browne Phillips on Dec 15, 2016
    What did you use over the top hole? Is it a crystal? Salt?
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  • Ann Barry-Krishnan Ann Barry-Krishnan on Jan 13, 2017
    Love this now need to find out where in UK I can get a cable spool from.Did you need lots of special tools . Well done
    • Jackie Jackie on Jan 14, 2017
      No special tools at all. Ask any cabling company. They should have spools.
  • Patti Patti on Feb 14, 2017
    Brilliant idea Jackie!
    • Jackie Jackie on Feb 15, 2017
      Thanks Patti. I managed to get my hands on some more spools so I now have all sorts of ideas to try!