I wanted an easy way to store my extension cords without needing to reel them up or leave them in a pile. With a little inspiration from Pintrest I decided to make my own folding extension cord organizer to save space and stop tangles.
Step 1: Prototyping the Hook
I tried three different variations of hook design. My first attempt worked, but was more "hook" than needed. I also found out that the face of the hook needed to be 1 1/2" for the device to fold flat against the wall. My second attempt didn't leave enough space to easily slide the cords in and out.
Step 2: Cut a Slot for the Hooks
I cut the 2x4 for my arm 32" long and drilled two 1.5" holes near each end. Then I used the circular saw and jig saw to connect the dots and cut the slot.
Step 3: A Hook I'm Happy With
My final shape ended up being 6 1/2 inches long with a 2-2 1/2" gap for the cord to slide through. I also rounded over all of the edges on the router table to give everything a smooth look.
Step 4: A Simple Hinge Pin
I used common door hinges to attach the hooks to the arm. I drilled the hooks with 1/4" holes and the arm with 7/32" holes for a friction fit.
Step 5: Make a Bracket
Depending on your application, your bracket will look different. I wanted mine to "hug" a 2x4 stud. Sorry these were the only pictures I had. I used a 3/8" steel rod as the pivot point.
Step 6: Attach the Arm to the Bracket
I hammered my 3/8" rod through the bracket and arm before screwing it to the wall. I was VERY happy with the results. It's crucial that the hooks "swing" naturally with gravity or they won't be able to open if there is no cord hanging from them.
Step 7: Locked in the "Up" Position
I drilled a 1/4" hole in the bracket through the arm to "lock" the arm in the up position when cleaning up at the end of the day.
Step 8: Finished Product!
Overall this prototype worked even better than expected. It even holds air hoses! The only problem I see is I should have used plywood for the hooks instead of 2x4s for more strength over time.