Air hose reel (cheap!)

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Project by barecycles posted 01-21-2012 10:16 PM 97567 views 79 times favorited 24 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 01-21-2012 10:18 PM

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

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#2 posted 01-21-2012 10:43 PM

Awesome! Need one.

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 10:49 PM

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

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 01:06 AM

Nothing beats inexpensive and functional !!

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


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#5 posted 01-22-2012 01:35 AM

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.

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 03:10 AM

Thanks…that picture helped me !

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#7 posted 01-22-2012 03:13 AM

Great idea, looks nice

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#8 posted 01-22-2012 03:25 AM

Looks great! i think I’ll make one!

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#9 posted 01-22-2012 04:07 AM

I remember that from SN, well done.


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#10 posted 01-22-2012 04:14 AM

Very cool!!

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#11 posted 01-22-2012 05:42 AM

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

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#12 posted 01-22-2012 08:06 AM

Very useful project.

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#13 posted 01-22-2012 08:13 AM

That is nice!

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#14 posted 01-22-2012 02:08 PM

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

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#15 posted 01-22-2012 02:34 PM

It can be found in issue 41

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