And the winner is…

As I suspected ‘simply make an old reel into a table’ is not as simple as it looks if you have had to take the reel apart to fit it in you car (a ford galaxy). Some of the YouTube videos I watched suggested casually that you could counter sink the bolts – you’d have a very wobbly table with bolts sticking out the top and bottom if you didn’t counter sink and cut off the excess metal so if you’re thinking of having a go make sure you are confident doing this before you start.

So, this was mission ‘make this table work or admit defeat to your husband’, failure was not an option. Luckily, I had a secret weapon in the form of my Dad! He is the person who started me off down this road by giving me my first tool kit at the age of seven and is infinitely practical when it comes to wood (although he can’t open a packet of ham or take down a gazebo without a hacksaw) Half way through he said, “You know I would have bought you a table” but I think he rather enjoyed the challenge really…

Using my trusty electric  sander to smooth down the top
I used my trusty electric sander to smooth down the top
I treated all the wood with Wickes clear wood preserver
I treated all the wood with Wickes clear wood preserver
I got my dad involved to put the screws back through the middle
I got my dad involved to put the screws back through the middle
It's all about the base, but how to keep all the bits upright while we fit a large heavy top onto it?
It’s all about the base, but how to keep all the bits upright while we fit a large heavy top onto it?
With great difficultly and inventiveness... plus parcel tape, fabric, drawing pins and string! if anyone has a shortcut I would be very interested to know.
With great difficultly and inventiveness… plus parcel tape, fabric, drawing pins and string! If anyone has a shortcut I would be very interested to know.
Then to counter sink the nuts and bolts...
Then to counter sink the nuts and bolts…
With these cool tools that my dad has that drill a wide hole with a flat bottom!
With these cool drill bits that my dad has, they drill a wide hole with a flat bottom!
Fill the holes with Wilcoo wood filler (I did this bit)
Fill the holes with Wilko wood filler (I did this bit)
And we have a lovely upcycled reel table and have enjoyed some father daughter bonding!
And we have a lovely up-cycled reel table and have enjoyed some father daughter bonding!

So who won? Well, it worked as a table (oh ye of little faith big hubby) and we got many compliments about it from our BBQ guests which he took very graciously and I got to mouth, “I told you so”. The verdict – not as simple to do as others may have you believe but very much worth the hard work…I win!

Ready for guests
Ready for birthday BBQ guests!
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