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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Spool Patio Table


When Brawn is left on his own, I never know what he's going to come up with.

Bliss-Ranch Wood Spool Table

On the to do list last year was make some sort of a patio table.

We've had glass ones that shattered, and metal ones that rust.  The latest one was suppose to be temporary and we used it for what seemed like forever, long enough for the cheap wood to rot before our eyes.

It becomes a pricey piece of furniture to keep replacing over the years.

I've yet to meet outdoor stuff that can take what a cold Minnesota winter can dish out.


Most people must store their treasured patio furniture inside, but not us wazy bwastards.

Yes I sound like Elmer Fudd when I swear on my blog.

There is a place located right here in Minnesota where they make furniture from recycled plastics.   I like the $1600 table, and I don't need chairs, which is good because it doesn't come with any.

It's not in the budget this summer.  Or probably ever.


Brawn, feeling the pressure at the start of BBQ season to provide a place for us to set our paper plates and hot dog buns, decided to just make a table to use for however long it might last, or you know, till a nice table is in the budget.

I thought he would make some sort of a traditional looking table, or maybe even a picnic style table.

Not possible.  Traditional isn't used much in his vocabulary.

Bliss Ranch, use for Wood Spools

We have these spools from our son in law.  Free.  So of course if it's free that's Brawns go-to product.

Hence why a really nice table will never be in the budget, they are not free.

I heard saws going but was busy with my own projects and when I walked into the garage, there leaning against the piano was this big tri-spool-atops...... (get it?  3 spools tops, like the dino - triceratops?  Lame Bliss).

Bliss-Ranch Wood Spool Table
Brawn had taken apart the spools and pieced them together like a puzzle.

Weird, but I kinda like this quirky thing.  Surely no one else on the block has one like it.

He pounded in nails, and sanded and dug around back by the shed for old posts for the legs.

3 legs.  It's a 3-legged tri-spool a top table.

Then we made a run to the lumber yard where he had me pick out 4 little cans of different color stain.

A mahogany, weathered gray, red something, and a walnut.

Then he did this;

Bliss-Ranch Wood Spool Table

Then varnish, varnish and more varnish.

Bliss-Ranch Wood Spool Table

The angle is weird in the photo, I was hanging out a window and it makes the table look short, but six chairs fit around it.

The legs need to be done yet - sanded so they can take stain - but at the weekend BBQ at least I had a place to set my buns.





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49 comments :

  1. Way cool! I never expected this! I love it!

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  2. I love it! Back in Missouri, we used a spool for a table outside. By we, I mean the whole community. We lived at a lodge in a house that had 10 efficiency apartments attached and 3 trailers. Some of us became friends and we would meet at the spool.

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  3. That is so unique! I would expect nothing less though. Your husband is just as creative as you!

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  4. Oh my goodness! Love this!! I always think those spools would make cool tables but you actually did it! I love the different stains on the top!

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  5. Your new table looks great, he has done a great job.

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  6. Love, love, love it! Great way to use those spools!

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  7. This is really neat, and it reminds me of that bench you did with a bunch of different stains. It's a cool look.

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  8. Love it! I like the top on legs much better than others I've seen and I love the fact that you used different stains! Now all we need is a nice weekend! Happy Friday!

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  9. What a creative use of wood spools! Gorgeous table! Now we've finally got some warm sunny weather to get out and use it. Enjoy!

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  10. Nope - I don't think anyone on the block, the town, the state, or the country has a table like yours! That is soooooo cool! Which rhymes with spool ...

    ;) Linda

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  11. Positively perfect! and I still have a few spools.

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  12. Absolutely amazing! So envious of those who find the "free" stuff and do something mind-boggling with it!

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  13. WOW! I love it...so original! Brawn is seriously creative! And now you DO have a really nice table!

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  14. That is one clever hubby!! Mr Brawn Bliss is awesomely creative!

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  15. ha. those buns will be smokin hot on this table! AMAZING!! good for Brawn. He scores again.

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  16. Just when I was expecting something rather ordinary in a spool table, Brawn comes up this this. Love it!

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  17. VERY COOl, Brawn. This beats B.T.Y. by a long shot . . . especially your prices! Why can't our son-in-law give us furniture!! Hhmm.

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  18. Bliss, Brawn is one creative man boy. Love the way this looks and the different colors you used too. Patio furniture has to be the biggest rip off going. Everything just gets ruined with the weather. The money is just not worth it.

    Cynthia

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  19. Love it! What a great idea! I think you saw my dirty spool table, just on the other side of my refreshed bar stools! I should of used some stain! Oh well, that's another project for me!

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  20. I fear that I only expect phenomenal things from your household.

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  21. By far, one of the coolest tables I have ever seen!

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  22. Oh wow, Bliss & Brawn!!!! That is one of the best uses of old spools I've ever seen! I can't wait to see it finished...how ingenious!! It looks perfect for summer BBQs. Wow...I want one now! Debbie :)

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  23. Holey spools! I do believe that Brawn has created a first... totally cool!

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  24. Make me one - deliver it to NJ - I'll supply the cocktails!

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  25. Amazing ... good job Brawn. Bliss, you are so lucky to have such a talented man.
    You will enjoy this very much and it will weather nicely.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  26. This is freaking amazeballs!!!!!

    -andi

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  27. I wuv this! I have three spool tables in my backyard BUT, they were not free! You lucky gal! I still need to varnish mine and I love the different colors idea! Mr. Brawn did good!! I hope you "wewarded him well"! Have a great weekend!~~Angela

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  28. love FREE, and I love the vision brawn had with this table! it's so unique and wonderful! I also love the mix of stains. so perfect for y'all!

    happy barbqing!

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  29. This is ROCKIN!!!!!! Best spool project ever. Love it.

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  30. It IS a really nice table, no need to hanker after the $1600 one.
    I love the chunky metal bit in the middle and the way Brawn has done the different stains, another amazing creation from the ranch.

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  31. Oh my goodness! How clever is that! They really look like Bliss Ranch tables. Bet you could sell them...
    Your hubby did a great job! And you can't beat the price :)

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  32. That table has personality to boot!! I love the different stains on it that make it one of a kind!

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  33. That table is seriously awesome!

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  34. That is so COOL!! Great imagination! ;)

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  35. You and your husband make a great team. The table turned out so cool. Definitely original. And free!

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  36. Gorgeous! Way to go brawn. How creative. I love it.

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