Folding Extension Cord Organizer!

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Introduction: Folding Extension Cord Organizer!

About: We are Mike and Lauren. We make videos on YouTube about money, travel, homesteading, and DIY.

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.

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What a wonderful idea!

Great idea and great presentation. It seems that there is some discussion on the pin to hold the arm up. An alternative that eliminates the pin follows:

1. remove the pivot pin and route a slot about 1 to 1-1/2" long in the arm where the pivot pin goes.

2. glue a board on top of the support brace

3. replace pivot pin with arm. The pin goes through the slot

4. raise arm and slid toward the back of the support brace so that the top of the arm goes under the board in step 2

5. lift and pull arm out to release

This is AWESOME! I was about to suggest using plywood for the hooks, but I see you've already come to that conclusion on your own. Great job! Simple; elegant!

I used to have to deal with wrapping musician gear which inevitably became a tangle. I was always taught half-twist winding so cables lay in perfect loops and the internals never end up a twisted mess that doesn't lie flat. Most musicians wrap over their elbows and/or fold progressively in half than tie a big knot in the middle.
Initially I tried getting a tall box with a square footprint and running a post up the middle, then sliding separators with holes cut in the middle for the post between each cable to keep them organized. Then finally one day it hit me.
Pizza boxes! They come in different sizes. They stack well. Circular round cords fit great in them and there's room in the middle of extra stuff. You can even get little plastic whatchahickeys to keep the centers from collapsing if you set stuff on top of them.
If you go to just about any pizza place and offer them a couple of bucks, they'll give you a bunch of them. Remind them it's free advertising for them.

Clever idea! If you have problems with the hooks snapping (they're weak with the short wood grain), you might try making them from a couple of sheets of plywood glued together (which has long 'grain' running in both directions). (For a prettier option, you could put splines along the bottom of the hooks or laminate your own from solid wood and alternate the grain direction.)

Nice design. I think I would modify the base, so that it attaches between two of the 2x4 studs. That way when it folds down, it tucks in between the two studs. I like it!

Magic! Maybe we'll try to use this design (in a bit smaller scale) for instrument and microphone cables in our music room. Thanks for the 'ible!

Oh, I seriously need to build this. Thank you for the idea!

Y not turn hooks outward and not have to lift everytime u want a cord

Hey Dude, you made an excellent presentation and video. I wish everyone was as informative and thorough. Thanks.

Great idea. Thanks.

Do you have drawings and material list?

Really nice. It sure helps to tidy the shop. Thanks.

thats freaking Brilliant!

terrific idea -- stealing it!!

use a suitably large nail to cut cost the tip can be eliminated for safety. otherwise------GREAT BRAIN WORK!!!

look so nice

Not a big fan of the pin to hold it. Seems like the place on the wall mount where the pin goes in will crack or break in short order. That's a lot of force there due to the level you made. I'd reinforce that area ASAP.

Great project overall. Going to build my own version out of some leftover steel I have around here. :)

Do you have a page for the tool shelves shown in the beginning of the video?

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I'll go with him on that pin - what about a swing down leg that you can brace against the wall stud and then lift and release on the take down