A good friend of mine really wanted a wooden cable spool to turn into a side table, but those things are as scarce as hen’s teeth. I looked everywhere but sadly finding a discarded spool that didn’t cost as much as a small car wasn’t on the cards. I guess everyone wants one after seeing all the amazing things you can make with them. She’s a really special person, so I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I could help her out. And then I remembered that we had some PVC pipe leftover from when we used them as fillers for our gabion planters. Those leftovers would be the perfect starting point for making this wooden cable spool side table.

When you can't find a wooden cable spool to re-purpose into something awesome, why not make your own using a PVC Pipe using this easy DIY tutorial. #cablespooldecor #acraftymix #PVCPipe

It’s not the first time we’ve repurposed PVC pipes to make a table. They were used to make this giant pencil-legged craft table too. Okay, before we get to the tutorial, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

How to Make a Cable Spool From Scratch

An 11mm (4 3/8″) PVC pipe is just the right size to form the bit where they normally wind the cable onto the spool. Can you see it? That’s the joining middle bit of the spool right there ๐Ÿ˜€

The poop flow PVC pipe

It doesn’t look pretty yet, but it will soon. I promise. Okay so I’ve got the middle bit sorted, now all I needed to do was figure out how to make and attach the top and bottom circle bits. I figured the best way to do that was to cut two small circles from thick bits of wood using a jigsaw.

Use the PVC as a template to cut two circles from the scrap wood

The small circles fit snugly inside the PVC pipe.

When you can't find a wooden cable spool to re-purpose into something awesome, why not make your own

Right, I think that could work. Next thing was to come up with some kind of plan to make that PVC pipe look a little less PVC-ish ๐Ÿ˜€ We had some shiplap (tongue and groove) leftover from when we made Talea’s window seat. And as luck would have it, they were the right width to go all the way around the PVC pipe. I just had to cut the shiplap to the right height.

When you can't find a wooden cable spool to re-purpose into something awesome, why not make your own

Now to find out how big the top and bottom bits should be. I’m not very scientific when it comes to something like this. I just eyeballed the PVC pipe and drew a rough circle on our patio to get a feel for how wide the top and bottom of the wooden cable spool should be. And they say that only crazy people can draw a perfect circle ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I ran around the house until I found a tray that was about the right size and used it to trace two circles onto some hardboard. The tray was a little smaller than I wanted so, once again, I used the “eyeball” method to make it a bit wider and cut two circles out of the hardboard using our jigsaw.

Use the PVC pipe to eye ball how big the top and bottom of the cable spool should be

We glued and screwed the hardboard circles onto some pallet boards that never made it past an idea stage. Does that happen to you too? You get this thing in your head and then it just fizzles into nothing. Oh well, whatever I had planned for these pallets clearly didn’t happen.

Glue and screw the MDF circle to the pallet wood

Once the glue dries, the pallet boards were cut, using the hardboard circles as a template.

A circle of cut pallets to use as a top or bottom of the cable spool

After applying a coat or two of paint, the top, bottom, and middle pieces were done. Time to put this baby together and see if it works.

Putting the Wooden Cable Spool Table Together

Find the center of all the circles using this handy tip that I learned from Handan over at the Navage Patch. Glue and screw the smaller circles that fit inside the PVC pipe to the center of the bigger circles. Make sure that you glue one of the small circles to the hardboard side and the other one to the pallet side of the bigger pallet circles. You want to see the lovely grooves between the pallets when you’re done, not the boring, flat hardboard ๐Ÿ˜‰

When you can't find a wooden cable spool to re-purpose into something awesome, why not make your own

Add some glue all around that little circle and squish the PVC pipe on. Attach the shiplap, or tongue and groove, by screwing and gluing it all the way around the PVC pipe.

Place the PVC pipe over the circles and screw the cut tongue and groove planks to the PVC at the top and bottom

Stand back and admire your work in progress. Then squish the other big pallet circle into the other end of the PVC pipe and do the same. Open a beer and do a happy dance coz it looks like a wooden cable spool. Add a beautiful graphic from The Graphics Fairy to take it to the next level or have a few more beers and call it a day ๐Ÿ˜‰

When you can't find a wooden cable spool to re-purpose into something awesome, why not make your own

Don’t you just love all the beautiful labels and pictures you can download for free from her site? Hubby said I needed to make a hole in the top because it looks more authentic. I think he’s right and wouldn’t you know it. The “O” in the graphic was right in the center of where that hole went.

When you can't find a wooden cable spool to re-purpose into something awesome, why not make your own using a PVC Pipe using this easy DIY tutorial. #cablespooldecor #acraftymix #PVCPipe

I’m glad I waited before having another beer, the graphic just makes it looks so much more professional.

When you can't find a wooden cable spool to re-purpose into something awesome, why not make your own using a PVC Pipe using this easy DIY tutorial. #cablespooldecor #acraftymix #PVCPipe

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When you can't find a wooden cable spool to re-purpose into something awesome, why not make your own using a PVC Pipe using this easy DIY tutorial. #cablespooldecor #acraftymix #PVCPipe

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When you can't find a wooden cable spool to re-purpose into something awesome, why not make your own using a PVC Pipe using this easy DIY tutorial. #cablespooldecor #acraftymix #PVCPipe

Does it look cable spoolish ๐Ÿ˜€

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