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Cable Spool Furniture

Cable spool bookcase and table

Cable spool bookcase and table


I thought I had pretty well exhausted the options for extremely low or free furniture until I saw the Facebook page Recycled, UpCycled, Freecycled Garden Projects. On a whim I entered ‘cable spool furniture’ into a search engine and was a little surprised to see the range of quality furniture that people have made with free cable spools. I’ve seen plenty of crude tables, but some of these designs are quite nice.

Upcycled cable spool table and chairs

Upcycled cable spool table and chairs


Tree seat made with a free cable spool

Tree seat made with a free cable spool


Decorated cable spool table

Decorated cable spool table


Image source: Love, Life and Pubs
Image source 2,3: David Meddings Designs
Image source: My Grandkids Farm

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5 Responses to “Cable Spool Furniture”

  1. Carrie says:

    So cool!

  2. Shane says:

    Oooooohhhhh, this give me an idea for making a stack of these into lazy susan bookshelves for the corner of an office or somehow incorporate it into a dome. I plan on building an earthbag dome home within the next 12 months and I love your posts for ideas. Great knowledge base!

  3. Luke Anthony says:

    My occupation is as a cable technician and I have lots of these. I didn’t think too much about reusing them b/c they are pretty crude unless you’re pretty handy. This is some good inspiration for these, maybe I’ll hang on to them. The really super big ones have center tubes made of wood planks. The smaller ones for in-house cable have plastic tubes.
    Outdoor tables seem like pretty good ideas if you can get your hands on the big ones.

  4. Owen Geiger says:

    Talk about carefree furniture. This is it. It costs nothing and so it doesn’t matter if it gets dinged up or weathered.

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