In all of my furniture creations, though it has been a long time, I have tried to focus on reclaimed products. In the past I've refinished existing pieces and built a few items from spare materials. Now, I'm shifting my focus to using reclaimed materials to create something completely new. Currently, I'm reimagining discarded cable spools.
When I began constructing this particular ottoman, I was struck by the beauty in the nicks and imperfections found in the wood of these cable spool pieces. I began making my decisions for this piece within the Wabi Sabi concept of Japanese design: I focused on simplicity in construction and an acceptance of its imperfections.
After disassembly (which included many of these spools) I started with cleaning the two discs and sanding the shelf piece. Some spots started to splinter, so these were lightly filled to stabilize these spots. Most of these were minor and I wanted to keep these intact. I stained and sealed the shelf, and I cushioned and upholstered the other disc for the top.
The legs were all chosen from my spool centers, and I picked boards that had similar imperfections, distressed marks, and unmilled strips. I assembled all the pieces, and proceeded to add all finishes. I kept the screws attaching the legs to the disks exposed in keeping with the Wabi Sabi concept.
This ottoman has industrial roots that will not be forgotten in its new use. The soft top with the hard geometric lines make it a great utility piece.