DIY Cable Drum Rocking Chair




This is our first time doing this... so its a little rough around the edges.

What you need:

Nuts, Washers, Nails, Tape.


Router, Drill, Hammer, Wrenches and what not.

Anything else you take a pleasing towards.

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Step 1: Locate Drum

Step one, go find yourself a nice looking wooden cable drum. Make sure it doesn't already belong to someone.

Step 2: Gather Your Tools

consider them gathered

Step 3: Dismantle

Don't loose any of your pieces, they will be handy later on.

Step 4: Router That Bitch

We used the wood panels from the drum to measure out where the router should route, penciling in where each panel was and numbered them accordingly.

Step 5: Copy and Paste

If you have trace paper, excellent; we did not. We used Baking paper and traced the grooves from the first routing experience and traced it onto the other piece of the frame (obviously turn the paper so it works).

Step 6: Drill That Mofo

next comes new holes for the metal rods, for support. You will see in the next few steps where we found the best positioning for those rods where in order to get enough support for the structure.

Step 7: Positioning

Position your nuts and bolts and what not on you metal rods so that there are 4 on the rods screwed down maybe approx. 10cm down the rod (basically screwed enough to put the rods through the holes from the drilling). .

Step 8: Line Everything Up

after putting the rods in their rightful place (and nutting it on the outside of the structure), put everything into place. Wood panels in the routed areas. It took a couple of times for us to get it to work, as you can see form the picture, we ended up taping all the panels so they wouldn't fall all over the place.

Step 9: Popping the Lid Ontop

Next is putting the next round bit on. one of us had to guide it in from the bottom and the other from the top. Again, didn't get this on the first try.

Once everything we in and secured, we tightened everything up with the torque wrench.

Step 10: Finish the Beauty

Once all is tightened and secured test it out. This was our first go at this, so its not perfect and quite rough around the edges (or rather wonky everywhere). But it looks great, nice and "rocky" and set for them summer BBQs.

Hope this was clear, enjoy!

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32 Discussions


4 months ago

If there is any pallet companies or electricians in your area they normally set them outside on the curb for free, atleast where I live and they also set pallets out too. You'd be surprised what kinda crafts you can do with freebies from a lil research in your area


2 years ago

nice steps hahaha


4 years ago

One way u can get your hands on FREE wire spools is go to Lowes ask electrical associate to save u a wire spool they have plastic and wooden spools with woden core/slats just give them your name and number and presto u have full access to all the free spools u want.


4 years ago on Introduction

Good Work! - lovin step 2 - then I realised its spray and not a can of beer!

Oh and Lime 3D does he not realise mofo is in reference to 'Morrison Foerster Law' - who wouldnt want to put a drill through a lawyer!

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4 years ago

It is doubtful you would find one, there is a $45-$90 deposit to the wholesaler. Electrical companies tend to want that deposit back as they go through several of these rolls every job.


5 years ago on Introduction

I'm no saint myself, but I can do without the inference to profanity in your step titles.


5 years ago on Step 10

Love the concept, I know where I can get a couple of these spools, I have a simple modification I would recommend and that is a rocker stop (just 4 4 inch 2x4s) tacked on to maximum rock position fore and aft on the rockers to prevent it from rolling over and hurting someone. This as it is is dangerous around children. You could even just use the edge of the rocker as a guide to cut the contour of the rock stop. But I will definately be building a couple of these.

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Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

What's going on in that pic with what seems like a huge cable drum in the background?
(I mean, other than a cute guy probably driving girls wild!)


5 years ago on Introduction

Last summer there was some construction down the road, and sitting in the midst was a huge one of these with a note saying "FREE, TAKE ME". Since I only lived a couple blocks away a friend and I just decided to roll it home when a cop pulled up alongside of us and said "uh, are you supposed to be doing that?" OK now I am a 46 year old Mom so I thought the cop was joking, I quipped back "no officer, we just stole this, ha ha" he wasn't sure what to think at first, but as I realised he was serious, he realised I was joking I said "oh no, there was a note" We both laughed, but make sure you don't get arrested if you do find one of these! P.S. Great job guys!!


5 years ago

Looks great! I like that it doesn't require anything extra: if you find a spool, you've got a chair.


5 years ago

Thinks for the great idea. Now I have some thing to tell my wife what I'm doing with things I drag home!!!