Introduction: How to Make a Wire Holder

Lately, I have been trying to do more electronic projects. They are a challenge and fun. I am trying to organize my stuff better and decided to make a holder for my spools of wire. I went with a simple design since I was making this out of scrap wood. I took all my wire out of my electronics box with is just a hot mess and stuck it on this holder.

This is a super simple project and you could easily make it with just hand tools. Also with this design you could flip it and mount it to the wall or something.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

1. Wood or MDF

2. glue

3. small clamps

4. Paint or Stain

5. Saw

6. Sandpaper

7. Drill

Step 2: Cutting the Wood

I put my spools of thread on a thin dowel rod and just eyeballed a good length to make this holder. I made mine so that I can add some more spools later on. Then I measured and cut the bottom to the same length as the rod. I cut these out on a band saw but you could easily do this with a coping or hand saw.

I roughly sketched out a shape for the sides so it wouldn't look too boxy. I then cut those out on the bandsaw as well.

Step 3: Sanding and Drilling

I used a forester bit slightly bigger than my dowel rod to drill out a hole on both sides to hold the dowel in place. Im not gonna glue it in or anything so that it can be removed to add or take away wire spools.

Since this thing was so small I decided to sand everything by hand with a 120 grit sanding block.

Step 4: Glue Up.

I put a small amount of glue on each side and clamped them down to the base. I added clamping pressure for a stronger bond.

Step 5: Finishing

I used a metallic silver spray paint to finish this thing. I think it came out looking pretty cool and techy which is good considering it houses wire for electronic projects. The whole thing only took one coat of paint.

Step 6: Enjoy Your New Wire Holder!

Once this thing dried I added my spools of thread. The dowel fits in the holes nicely and freely spins but will stay in place.

Overall I love how this came out! I can't wait to use it!

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or if you make one.

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tytower (author)2016-11-01

You want the spools to turn but not the dowell . A screw into the timber hanger up against the dowell works and keeps it there and is easily removed for adding or whatever .

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