I titled this post…..”How to Build a Spool Bookcase.”
I wanted to call it….How I Found a Spool in the Middle of the Aisle at the Home Improvement Store and Despite the Incredulous Stares of the Surrounding Employees and My Husband I Overcame Disbelief and Dismissiveness to Create a One-of-A-Kind Bookcase For My Front Entry.
But that title seemed just a little long.
Just a little.
If you would have been a fly on the wall that day you might have heard a conversation that went a little like this:
Me: (finding the spool just sitting in the middle of the aisle and running towards it like it was the Hope diamond) : Excuse me…..excuse me…..is this for sale? Seriously?
Store Employee: (turning around to see what I’m talking about) The spool?
Me: (breathlessly on the edge of my seat from excitement and the thrill of discovery): Yes! Yes! The spool! Can I buy it?
Store Employee: (shrugging shoulders and turning another employee in the aisle) Hey other Mr. Store Employee….this lady….wants the spool? I think we were about to toss it? Can she have it?
Me: (holding my breath) Gulp.
Store Employees: (exchanging glances) Sure. Can you take it now? What are you going to do with it?
Me: (in total disbelief that they can’t see the vision) I’m going to make a bookcase. And it’s going to be amazing. See….I’m going to get these metal pipes….umm….then have my husband….umm….drill these holes….and have all the pipes fit around the base and add some glue….and…..(with a total burst of inspiration)…and then I’ll put it in the front foyer with books and this incredible rusted armillary that I have.
Store Employees: (saying nothing with totally blank looks)
At this point in the conversation…..
…..my husband walks up.
Me: (grabbing his hand and gesturing wildly toward the spool and proudly saying) “Cutie…..look…..a spool!”
Him: (staring blankly at the leftover spool in the middle of the home improvement aisle with a quizzical look) Yep. It’s a spool.
Me: (trying frantically to get him to see the diamond in the rough) It’s going to be a bookcase. I think we can get some plumbing fixtures and drill some holes and attach the pipes and……and can you see it…..and can we load it up in the truck now…..and….(totally pausing for dramatic emphasis to seal the deal)
The store employees looked at me……and then glanced at my husband with a look.
A look that said so much…..without ever saying a word.
I know what they were thinking.
They were probably thinking how creative I was.
And how lucky he was.
So fortunate he had a creative wife to think up projects to keep him extra busy…..
……so he didn’t have to waste his time watching all those basketball games.
Lucky, lucky him.
How to Build a Spool Table
nine plumbing pipes
Step 1: Figure out the spacing
Our spool was 32” in diameter.
We evenly spaced out the pipes around the base of the spool.
I wanted to have space for larger books so we spaced them roughly 8 1/2 inches apart.
Step 2: Mark spacing and drill holes
Using a drill bit slightly larger than the pipe, drill holes where you have marked.
Our holes were then about 8 1/2” apart.
Step 3: Drill holes on the top
Using your pipe and the bottom hole as a guide….mark holes on the underside of the top of the spool.
Drill holes where you have marked.
And here’s the trick that makes the project so easy.
All you have to do is drill the holes at the top deeper than the bottom holes.
Your pipe will fit into those holes and then slide into the bottom holes…
….without ever having to remove the top.
Step 4: Repeat for all pipes
When you are done your pipe should look like this.
Repeat for each of the nine pipes.
Then glue all pipes in place with Pro-Bond Advanced Glue.
Let dry according to directions.
Step 5: Add casters
After project is finished….flip over and add casters to the bottom.
We added three casters to the bottom.
From the home improvement aisle to a one-of-a-kind bookcase.
The finished project sits proudly in the front foyer with books and an armillary.
It only took the weekend to finish…not long at all….
….considering all those basketball game breaks we had to schedule
Disclosure: I was compensated by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue for this post.
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