I’m not sure why it is, that those simple things that make life easier always seem to take a back seat, I am in the enviable position that because I only have my micro-workshop, I can spend my time making some of the things I would probably never get around to otherwise.
One of the things that surprised me here in Colombia, is the apparent inability to be able to buy a reel cable, they only seem to sell extension cables ‘loose’, you can buy a reel separately (a small version of those sold for hosepipes), but they are not sold as a combined item, and that bugs me.
I don’t like cables lying around the floor, and if you just hang them on a nail, or a hook, they end up splitting, so it was time to do something about it.
A cable tidy, can be made with any bits of scrap wood, so I used a mixture of pine and ply, as can be seen here:
Its only takes five pieces of wood, 12” of rope, a few screws, two washers, and glue, and tools I used, the Band-saw, Jig-saw, pillar drill, cordless drill, and orbital sander.
Firstly, I cut out the pieces using the Band-saw, then cut the corners using the Jig-saw, and sanded them.Then drilled the Back-board, two holes for the rope to hang it up with, and notched the sides, to take the cable ends when not in use.
Next I glued the cable supports to the Back-board, clamped them and left them to dry, these I then drilled and screwed from the back. The rotating cable retainers were screwed to the supports, using one screw and a washer. Finally the rope was attached to hang the Cable Tidy from the bench.
It probably only took a total of an hour, with a break to allow the glue to dry.
Now at least my cable won’t get tangled around my feet, or around the timber in the wood bin.
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright