Cable Drum Coffee Table Doubles As An Adorable Bookshelf

by Rebecca Landman
Rebecca is a writer living the Los Angeles dream. She loves hiking, music, and crocheting on her couch to the background lull of Netflix. She believes our world is complex. By sharing and listening to each other’s stories, we unpack that complexity layer by layer, learning more about who we are and how we want to live our lives. She writes to keep learning.

Many DIY-ers not only enjoy sharing their work with peers, but also methodically guiding their fellow makers through projects, step-by-step.

This practice fosters constant reinvention, where builders can rework each others’ projects, improving upon the genius of each others’ designs.

Instructables user DJC2 was recently inspired by all the cable drums he’d been seeing his online peers transform into adorable coffee tables, and decided to give the idea a try.

He found a tired-looking cable drum, and got to work transforming it into his dream coffee table.

After reinforcing one of its loose sides with thin pallet boards, he outfitted it with six new dowels, so that he’d be able to eventually rest books along its lower edge.

With a fresh coat of paint and a new set of wheels affixed to its bottom, this old, junky cable drum blossomed into a remarkable new home addition!

Keep scrolling through our gallery to learn more about this cable drum coffee table build.

cable drum

Instructables user DJC2 recently used his upcycling talents to transform an old cable drum into a remarkably adorable coffee table.

To kick his project off, he swapped one of the cable drum’s loose faces with thin, reshaped pallet boards, re-stabilizing its structure.

cable drum

Next, he screwed three wheels onto what would become the coffee table’s base.

These wheels would make moving the coffee table around his living room easier in the future.

cable drum table dowels

This builder also added six evenly spaced dowels to his new coffee table design.

These dowels would help keep the books he planned to stack along his table’s base organized.

cable drum table

With a fresh coat of paint, this table was finally complete!

Once his DIY creation dried, he loaded it up with books, and found a lovely spot for it, perfectly positioned for all to admire.

cable drum table

What was once a tired, empty cable drum was now bursting with beautiful new life.

cable drum table

This DIY-er saw potential in an old cable drum and transformed it into an adorable little coffee table.

What do you think of this cable drum table? Would you want one in your home? Let us know in the comments.

Please SHARE this table with other upcyclers in your community!