Air hose reel (cheap!)

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Project by barecycles posted 952 days ago 14924 views 45 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I was fed up tripping over my tangled mess of air hose so I finally did something about it and it only took me a couple of hours. I had a bunch of small cut-offs from a siding job I finished and was tempted to toss them out but like everything else I squirreled them away and they worked out well for this hose reel. I remember seeing this in Shopnotes way back when. I think the Shopnotes version had some kind of spring tensioned brake on it to keep the reel from “backlashing” when unreeling but that has not been an issue for me.

It’s all made with those leftover siding pieces and some 1/4” galv. and brass fittings. It holds about 50’ of 3/8” hose and even on cold days when the hose won’t “relax” it works well. I’ve got a short piece of self-coiling hose between my compressor and the reel that keeps everything from getting twisted. It is hanging on a bracket attached to the wall but can be lifted off and moved around the shop it needed.

Since I had all the scrap wood and a lot of those 1/4” fittings on hand, this thing only cost me about $8.

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#1 posted 952 days ago

It’s the reel thing ,well done ,great idea.

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#2 posted 952 days ago

Awesome! Need one.

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#3 posted 952 days ago

My metal reel is probably not as user friendly as this one :-) may have to make one

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#4 posted 952 days ago

Nothing beats inexpensive and functional !!

How did you make the round center that the hose coils on?


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#5 posted 952 days ago

simplertimes, I added another pic showing the dowel configuration that makes up the center. You can also kinda see the drive disk beyond that turns the reel.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#6 posted 951 days ago

Thanks…that picture helped me !

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#7 posted 951 days ago

Great idea, looks nice

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#8 posted 951 days ago

Looks great! i think I’ll make one!

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#9 posted 951 days ago

I remember that from SN, well done.


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#10 posted 951 days ago

Very cool!!

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#11 posted 951 days ago

cool, i like it, but i already had bought a self retracting one a couple years back

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#12 posted 951 days ago

Very useful project.

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#13 posted 951 days ago

That is nice!

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#14 posted 951 days ago

What issue of Shopnotes was that in? That’s something I’ve been needing for a while.

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#15 posted 951 days ago

It can be found in issue 41

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