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Old 04/02/07, 01:24 PM
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What to do with large wooden "spools" ?

I originally picked up these wooden spools, the kind used to hold utility wire, for the goats I had. They loved to climb and play on them. Well, long story short, I no longer have goats. Any suggestions for how to use these spools? I have 2 of them and both are the same size, roughly three ft tall.

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Oh man, no more goats? Spools make great picnic tables, or planting benches. You can keep an eye open for a picnic table umbrella and stick it in the hole. Attach it with nails or a lag bolt.

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Old 04/02/07, 01:58 PM
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clean them up and tile them for a nice outside table Iam trying to find some for myself,have fun doing it,paula

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Old 04/02/07, 02:15 PM
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Oh man, no more goats? Spools make great picnic tables, or planting benches. You can keep an eye open for a picnic table umbrella and stick it in the hole. Attach it with nails or a lag bolt.
Seems like you'd stub your toes on the bottom circle of wood that would be in contact with the ground?? Should I cut the ground side down to a smaller circle?
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No one I know has done that. We may just be too dumb to have realized we could stub our toes. LOL.

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Old 04/02/07, 02:55 PM
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Make a BBQ.

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Leave the bottom full size. It will keep the grass from growing under the table. You won't stub your toes if you don't try to walk under the table.

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Get some more goats...


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Old 04/02/07, 03:34 PM
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Recycle them...Where in Texas are you? I would love a couple spools for my goats.

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For those looking for spools, visit your local cable company. Spouse works for one and I used too. It was a pain having to have them hauled away so anyone that wanted them were welcome to them.
For liability purposes the guys would "accidentally" leave some outside the fenced in area for people and if they disappeared, oh well!

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Old 04/02/07, 04:02 PM
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Recycle them...Where in Texas are you? I would love a couple spools for my goats.
About 40 miles outside of Austin.
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That there is fine furniture! Put a few old towels over it and call it romantic!

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Old 04/02/07, 05:23 PM
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We used a couple of the large ones to make pens for our extra roos.

With a sawzall or other tool, remove all the upright wooden supports except those over the metal supports(that should leave 3 or 4). Balance and level spool on one end on some bricks to prevent rotting. Cover with wire, nailing into the top and bottom circle edge. Cut a door. Add a roost of end slotted pvc going from side to side. In inclement weather, cover with tarp or plastic on three sides.

You got a good sturdy, roomy pen for one extra rooster. And you can stack them.

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Old 04/02/07, 06:16 PM
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they make great tables

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Old 04/02/07, 07:27 PM
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They do make great outdoor tables. Once a guy I lived next door to, used a smaller sized spool to anchor down his dogs chain....of course there was never any grass in his back yard. Said dog was in VERY good shape.

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Old 04/02/07, 08:52 PM
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Put boards all around the spool nailing to top and bottom rim, leave a door...maybe put a little awning over, and you have a round doghouse.

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they also make great deer feeders.

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I used one that size for an "outdoor" work table. Very Handy!

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Old 04/03/07, 01:16 AM
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My Daddy was a cable splicer for the telephone company. As kids we liked to turn them on the side and walk them like logrolling. Of course, we also had plenty of outdoor tables.

When my kids were little I painted a small spool and put it in their bedroom. It was a perfect little table for them.

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Once I nailed 4 of the smaller ones together (about 2" wide) and put the contraption in a corner as a plant stand/nick-nack shelf.

Back in the 80's, where I grew up, it was quite the fashion to use these spools for various forms of outdoor furniture. That's when the cable companies came through and left the beasts behind. No front porch was complete without a cable spool table, painted dark red to resemble cedar.

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Old 04/03/07, 01:34 AM
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Turn it sideways and take out some of the slats, and make a chair.

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Old 04/03/07, 01:51 AM
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I used to put hardware wire around them and raise baby guineas in them. They work for baby chickens too. They lasted a few years, but all of mine have rotted and now been hauled off to the green boxes.

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When we bought our first house, we had no money for furniture. We had a large dining area and it was killing me not to have it fixed up. We used a spool for the table. I found an inexpensive suitable king size spread, and made a circled table cloth. We found some unfinished chairs for, I think it was $5 a each, and bought eight of them. When it was all finished with a pretty center piece, it made a very pretty dining room. Lots of things can be used when money is tight and we put our thinking caps on.

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I'd turn it on it's side and make a teeter totter for the kids with a long plank-- just make sure to put something there so it doesn't roll. Spent a great deal of time playing on spool teeter totters when growing up... I have one now that I took a slat out of and my ducks use it for a shelter... I just put a board over the top to keep the rain out of the hole.
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That brings back memories. My first kitchen table was a spool. Complete with 2 outdoor webbed folding chairs. Went well with my coleman stove and popcorn popper bottom for all my cooking needs.

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Old 04/03/07, 07:32 AM
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I wouldn't mind finding one of the smaller spools. I think it would make a good hose reel where I work. Three hoses (minimum, attached to each other) is quite a bit to wind up all the time!

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Old 04/03/07, 11:22 AM
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My Daddy was a cable splicer for the telephone company. As kids we liked to turn them on the side and walk them like logrolling. .....
We did this too as kids!!!! Spent hours and hours seeing who could go the farthest before falling off
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I use to work at a bar that used them as bar tables. They were on a wooden stand to put them up bar stool high, covered with plywood (to cover the hole)and then stapled oil cloth covers on them. Worked great and with them being on the stand you had a place to put your feet. Yes, it was a redneck family bar.

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Saw a picture in a mag of headboards for twin beds made from top and bottom of a large spool.

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