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Project by Dave Rutan posted 06-21-2016 08:50 PM 1954 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto]

Our neighbor had a retaining wall put in and the stone for the masons came on pallets. Having this project in mind I asked if I could have them. I disassembled them using my Pallet Pal as designed by Izzy Swan. After denailing the boards I sorted them. The heavier ones I saved for this project, the lighter ones I used for the lid to my trash can corral.

After about 20 years of outdoor use our plastic hose reel started failing. The reel hub actually started coming apart 2 years ago. I took some measurements off of it and started by making the two trapezoids as the frame. I made the first more or less at random and then copied it for the second one.

[Above] I trimmed the corners off the boards making up the trapezoid using my pattern cutting jig.

[Above] My plan was to use a piece of plastic drain pipe as both an axle and as a conduit for the hose to hook up to the water faucet. I used a hole saw on the drill press to cut holes in the frame to hold said axle.

[Above] With the frame done it was time to start the reel. I started with a square hub that would accommodate the drain pipe. Originally I wanted the pipe to be one piece but I ended up breaking it while trying to force it into the hub, which was originally a bit too small. My local hardware store only had 1 foot or 10 foot lengths so I improvised and cut the pipe in half to fit in either end of the square hub.

[Above] I severely chamfered the corners of the hub to sort of round it over as much as possible. Then I cut a hole in one face the same size as the width of the space inside the hub. The hose will be fed through here to hook up to the water supply.

[Above] I built the sides of the reel, the ‘wheels’ so to speak, around the hub. Then I used my modified bevel gauge as a compass to describe a circle which I then cut out with a jig saw.

[Above] I attached the hub to the wheels with glue and even dug out my crappy brad nailer to help keep things together.

[Above] The reel is mounted in the frame. The plastic pipe is held to the wooden hub with a few screws.

[Above] Here’s where the photos get scarce because I was working away and forgot to take a few shots. I made a pair of 7 inch wheels by overlapping crosswise a few boards and cutting then into circles the super dangerous way on the table saw. I bolted them to the frame.

I also added a simple crank, two ‘toes’ opposite the wheels and a handle to assist in moving the reel around. Probably one good variation on this project would be to make it more of a lidded box so that it could be sat upon. This would also protect the hose from that pesky ultraviolet radiation. Ah, there’s always next time for improvements!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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jbay

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#1 posted 06-21-2016 08:55 PM

Very cool. I like it, looks way better than those commercial plastic pieces of crap. Fits the yard/garden nicely.
(I still say you could turn it on it’s side and turn a clay pot if you wanted) :>/

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 06-21-2016 08:59 PM



Very cool. I like it, looks way better than those commercial plastic pieces of crap. Fits the yard/garden nicely.
(I still say you could turn it on it s side and turn a clay pot if you wanted) :>/

- jbay

The last thing I need is another hobby. I’ve been politely ignoring model railroading for at least 5 years. ;-)

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 06-21-2016 09:30 PM

No doubt, you nailed rustic style here. One objekt I never thought to make of wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 06-21-2016 09:46 PM



No doubt, you nailed rustic style here. One object I never thought to make of wood.

- majuvla

Like a lot of things I do, Ivan, I needed it, and it was cheaper to make it rather than buy a new one.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Oldtool

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#5 posted 06-21-2016 09:52 PM

Sweet. Nice work, I especially like the input hose where it is to permit unrolling part of the hose.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 06-21-2016 10:14 PM



Sweet. Nice work, I especially like the input hose where it is to permit unrolling part of the hose.

- Oldtool

Thanks. It was all part of the plan—after I decided not to spend money on plumbing fittings.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 06-21-2016 10:49 PM

Thanks everyone! This one just made the Daily Top 3!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#8 posted 06-21-2016 11:34 PM

Since you don’t want to throw clay pots, you can still turn it on its side and use it for a mini umbrella table, Dave. It makes a nice hose reel as is.
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 06-21-2016 11:46 PM

Well, it turned out great! It’s definitely a woodworker’s hose reel!

And it’s nice to see one of Norm’s Adirondacks in the background—you’ll have a comfortable chair to view your handiwork!

Congrats on the DT3!

-- Dean

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Dave Rutan

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#10 posted 06-21-2016 11:46 PM



Since you don t want to throw clay pots, you can still turn it on its side and use it for a mini umbrella table, Dave. It makes a nice hose reel as is.
Thanks for sharing.

- CFrye

Maybe I could put an umbrella over it…? ;-)

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#11 posted 06-22-2016 01:09 AM



Well, it turned out great! It s definitely a woodworker s hose reel!

And it s nice to see one of Norm s Adirondacks in the background—you ll have a comfortable chair to view your handiwork!

Congrats on the DT3!

- Mean_Dean

Thanks. A note on Norm’s chair, (it’s one of 3 I made). They are comfortable, but I can tell you why he made some changes when revisited the project on the show. The brads work themselves out every Winter and must be reset every Spring. I should really go over them and install screws like Norm did in his redesign.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 06-22-2016 05:47 PM

Dave, this is a nice practical project.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 06-30-2016 06:50 AM

Hello Dave,

Thats reely good work I am impressed with your concept to fnal product evolution.

-- Regards Robert

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