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Project by edwood1975 posted 10-16-2014 12:55 AM 1158 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I basically made this because I use the same outlet every time no matter what im working on. So I cut 2 circles out of some old veneered chipboard with a jigsaw, used 1.5×1.5 stock for the coil, screwed some 1 1/4 wood screws to secure the coil , cut a brush handle in half and put it through the 2 holes in the chip and made a cross for the brush handle to sit on.

Im terrible at describing how I do things so I should just let the pics do the talking

Its not pretty but its very functional.. if I do need to move it Ill just make another cross and put castors on it…

Im also working on a mail sorter (another router project…. oh well).

hope you like

Ed

-- Ed





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Grandpa

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#1 posted 10-16-2014 01:58 AM

These are nice but there is something else to consider. The minimum bed radius and the life of the cord. If you notice the outer insulation getting lumpy and looking like the guts are showing then watch for the insulation to come out from under the plug and receptacle exposing the wiring. Cords have a much longer life when they are wrapped in long loops that are about 30 inches across. They don’t look as tidy but they usually last longer. I read this once and have observed it many times. Learning can be expensive for me…..Best wishes and thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 03:18 PM

I agree with Grandpa on this. I like how you made quick work of making the reel. Cords off the floor is better than my situation (lazy), leaving them on the floor. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 10-16-2014 04:04 PM

Forgive my ignorance Grandpa but what do you mean by the “bed radius”... And to be honest big loops don’t help me with wire distribution .. Loops help with shop organization but drive me nuts when trying to actually using them…

-- Ed

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#4 posted 10-16-2014 11:59 PM

Very handy!

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#5 posted 10-17-2014 01:18 AM

Nice idea…I stuck a big screw in hook to the side of one of my workbenches and loop my extension there…so far so good…I don’t have a lot of floor space in my shop, but if I did, this would be something I would find quite useful….

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#6 posted 10-17-2014 01:18 AM

Nice idea…I stuck a big screw in hook to the side of one of my workbenches and loop my extension there…so far so good…I don’t have a lot of floor space in my shop, but if I did, this would be something I would find quite useful….

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#7 posted 10-17-2014 01:19 AM

Sorry…my computer is acting up…didn’t mean to put it up twice…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#8 posted 10-17-2014 08:42 PM

Sorry EK but I had a typo. Bend radius is what I meant to say. Any wire or hose or whatever has a minimum bend radius. The orange extension cords that everyone uses will start looking like it has knarly guts showing through the our orange insulation. This happens about the time the insulation pulls from under the ends. Then you have the smaller conductors showing. Simply put if you twist your cord around your elbow and thumb it is less than minimum bend radius and you are ruining your cords. This applies to air hoses also. It will pull the ends of the hose out from under the ferrule at the end fitting on the hose. When dealing with solid wire the min. radius depends on the material you are rolling. Too small and it stretches the molecules on the outside of the wire and makes a spiral. The wire will break easier. Does that help. Forget unrolling the drop cord in the morning. You will figure that out. I hold my cords at my waist and let the loop drop to my boot tops. That loop will lengthen the life of your cords and hoses. Can you tell that this is a pet peeve of mine? LOL I read this and observed for a few years. They are correct. Not my idea but something you need to pass on. Thanks for reading.

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