So cute with the spool alex has - definitely keeping that ugly little piece of furniture for our future home ;) Make a table by recycling spool - Add some wheels, cover the top with stones and grout and you're set!
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Like shipping pallets, wooden cable spools are another item that is usually found for free on Craigslist. Since cable spools are limited by their shape there are fewer repurposing options, but they make a great coffee table bookcase.
Crate Storage: Wooden crate converted into a portable side table with storage - love this creative idea. Easy to make: Turn crate sideways, add a couple of internal dividers & screw 4 castors on the base. wheels for me)