From the picture, you can probably figure it all out. But I'll give you the step by step and some things that I learned along the way.
I initially was using it to hold multiple sets of earubds. But it can just as easily handle a wide range of various cords/cables. Common uses that I would see:
- Cell Phone Power Cords
- USB Cables
- Other Power Cords
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Foam Rubber
- Velcro or Double Sided Tape
- 1/4" Drillbit
- Couple Pieces of Scrap Wood
- Two Small Clamps
Step 2: Cut Piece of Foam
The foam I am using is sold many places including Sears. It is marketed as interlocking foam flooring squares. The thickness is approximately 5/8 inches. The dimensions are approximately 2 foot X 2 foot.
My finished cut foam piece(s) ended up being approximately: 6.00 inches X 1.50 inches (X 5/8 inches thick).
You may notice that this foam has a texture pattern on one side and the other side is smooth.
Note, I suggest placing cardboard underneath the foam when cutting. This will help ensure good cuts and also help save blade from damage.
Step 3: Drill Holes in the Foam
I marked 5 spots each 1 inch apart. (and left 1/2 inch space at both ends)
The marks (and subsequent holes go into the 5/8 inch thick side of the foam.
After marking the spots, setup the foam on the drill press.
I suggest using some wood blocks to help make the holes straight and consistent.
Notice I clamped some scrap wood to act as a "fence" which holds the foam in position.
Also, I used a second block of wood to help hold the foam tight and perpendicular.
This helps make sure the holes will be drilled in smooth consistent positions.
After drilling a given hole, simply slide the foam to next marked spot and replace the second wood scrap.
With the second wood scrap in positionk, drill the next hole etc... Holes are drilled all the way through the foam.
Step 4: Cut Slits in Foam
Cut slits on one side of foam. One slit should be cut positioned with each of the drilled holes.
Step 5: Mount the Foam Holder
Step 6: Use the New Cord Holder
I have also found that this foam could be useful for holding pens/pencils or other small tools. Changing the drill bit size may be helpful.