Picture of A Generic Spool Rack
After having joined the Milwaukee Makerspace , the need arose for a set of spools and a rack that would allow our Makerbot 3D printer to pull ABS plastic filament. Previously, we were loosely coiling it and using painters' tape to hold it together, peeling it off as we went. Not only was it a mess having various coils and loops of ABS plastic laying all over the table, at one point a maker had his print interrupted due to a kink in the filament.

I've covered building the spools in another Instructable, so here I will focus on the rack that I designed for tabletop use.

-2 10"x24"x1/2" boards (I used some scrap plywood lying around; I can't help but think that this would've looked better in oak)
-1 10"x22"x1/2" board (to act as a shelf)
-1 2"x22"x1/2" piece of lumber (I used pine; this is a horizontal strut for stability)
-1 1"x28" wooden dowel (we had an old broom handle laying around that cleaned up nicely)
-Bandsaw (if you have a thin enough blade, you might be able to get away with using a handheld scroll saw)
-Belt Sander (you could certainly hand sand these, if you have no life and eternal patience)
-90 degree angle clamps (these are a lifesaver. I used the makerspace's, but I now plan on getting my own)
-Powerdrill, drill bits, screws.
-Wood glue
-Compass (the circle-drawing kind, not the superstitious "magnetic" ones)
-A 1 1/4" hole-saw (not essential...it just made things a little easier)
hgkjggjgjhg3 years ago
that's pretty neat good job
MercuryCrest (author) 3 years ago
Thank you both very much. I wasn't sure that an Instructable was needed for something like this, but I have hope that someone, somewhere will find it useful. :)
Love the simplicity!Very cool,thank you for sharing!
zazenergy3 years ago
Very nice job! Also, cool to see how you're using this.