Reel Good Table

August 30th, 2008 in projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeres JUNKY!
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeres JUNKY!

"Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's JUNKY!"

I have always loved these film reel canister and have developed quite a stash of them. Until now, I've never done anything with them. I sat on my vintage stool, coffee in hand, gently twirling when the idea struck. POW! Stool-turned-table, castaway-turned-functional. See ya at the movies!

Junk Market Style Difficulty Meter

Film reel canister (ours is 18 in. round)
Vintage stool base
1/4 in. plywood
Four 1/4 in. nuts
Four 1 in. by 1/4 in. bolts
Four 1 in. rubber feet
One 24 in. glass round (professionally cut, if necessary)
Construction adhesive
Four surface protectors

Tool List:
Metal cutting blade
Wood cutting blade


Step 1:
Remove seat from stool base using a screwdriver

A view of the type of screws our stool had.

Step 2: Measure and cut each if the stools four legs with jigsaw and metal cutting blade. (Our stool base is 26 in.)

Step 3: Open film canister

Step 4: Measure inside circumference and draw two circles of that size onto plywood.

Step 5: Cut plywood circles with jigsaw.

Clamp the plywood down so the SAW is the only thing moving.

Step 6: Apply construction adhesive to inside bottom of each canister piece and insert wood disk.

Step 7: Place top of stool to exterior bottom of canister and mark for holes to attach.

Step 8: Drill four holes where marked.

Step 9: Attach stool base with bolts and nuts.

Make sure the bolts aren't so long that they keep the other half of the canister from closing properly.

Step 10: Set upright. Admire.

Step 11: Apply construction adhesive to interior edge of reel canister top and connect it to the bottom canister piece.

Step 12: Clamp and let dry. Play a board game.

Step 13: Put rubber feet on legs.

Step 14: Space evenly and place the four surface protectors around edge of canister top and place pre-cut glass round on top. The surface protectors will keep glass from slipping.

Before special effects.


After special effects. Ain't CGI grand?

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Comments (2)

chosmosw writes: My son is a Jr. in HS and is taking digital media classes at the career center1/2 days. I've already started planning his graduation party with a night at the movie's theme, hay bales in the back yard and his movie projects projected onto the back of the garage, and popcorn and movie candy. I will have to keep an eye out for reels to add to the theme (I have 2 years!). And they will look great in his bedroom.
Thanks Sue-you are such an inspiration!
Posted: 5:23 pm on September 29th
MimiToria writes: This is a great project Sue. I had somehow missed its earlier posting, but will comment it now. I think this would be great in a familyroom that has a movie theme. I know a gal that uses that theme for her familyroom and it would be great in her house.
Thanks for sharing!
Very creative! Posted: 1:34 pm on September 23rd
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