I realize that most of the world is moving indoors this season. Gosh, I even shared my fall home tour just two days ago… but it was all a facade. 😉 Here in this part of Texas, fall is the time of year that it’s finally cool enough to move outdoors.
If you follow me on instagram, you know that I recently obtained some amazing industrial spools, and here is project number one with these bad boys: a DIY industrial spool table. We’re going to enjoy this all. fall. long.
I think these industrial spools are simply gorgeous, just the way they are. Just look at the weathered wood and industrial accents:
But we still had to do two things to make it practical as a table for our back patio. First, we needed to make it possible to push chairs up to the table. Even if we didn’t need to push the chairs in when the table was not in use (which we do – let’s face it, our back porch space is limited!), we have three young children. If they can’t push their chairs right up to the table, they end up wearing their food instead of eating it.
So we made the previously round base into an X base. To do so, we carefully measured the distance from the edge to the cylindrical center with a large square. Using that measurement, we marked on the bottom of the table four even corner cut outs.
We also measured the distance from the guide on our circular saw to the blade and clamped a straight board in place to give us a straight cut.
Here’s the key: Do NOT cut all the way to the point of your corners with the circular saw. It will not give you a straight cut. Cut 1 or 2 inches shy of the corner, then use a jigsaw or some other straight blade for the last little bit. This will give you a nice, clean corner.
We then repeated for the other mark and removed our “piece of pie.”
After four of those, we were done!
The only other thing we did to make it usable was sand off any major splinters.
I’m still researching the best way to weatherproof our new table, but in the meantime, we’re enjoying how gorgeous it is.
I love the size…
The industrial elements…
And the perfectly weathered wood.
Now the only question is: what will I do with the rest?
You’ll have to come back to see!
What do you think? Was this a DIY win?
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