Monday, March 02, 2009
It's not just a Beastie Boys song. I do occasionally play around with craft projects.
I have been wanting a small table for the living room, to sit beside my chair, where I can put all the remotes while we're watching television. Two weeks ago, I noticed an empty wooden cable spool at work. I passed it several times before deciding to snag it. When I decided that I really wanted a second one, I mentioned it to one of the technicians who does a lot of our cabling. A few days later a similar spool showed up on my desk.
Since one of the spools had some bolt heads sticking out of it, I needed to adjust how I was going to join the two spools to accommodate the slight gap. Goblin helped me screw the two spools together, after I glued some slim balsa wood spacers in between.
After the two were joined, I needed to identity an appropriate top to assure that I had a flat surface. I thought about using an album cover (we still have some vinyl records in the house). In the process of playing around with the album cover, I discovered that the album itself was a perfect fit.
I covered the bottom with felt, to make sure that the table didn't scratch our wood floors. Then, I went to town with magazine images and paint.
I'm quite happy with the resulting product. I may just have to make something else!