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How to make a wire rack

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If you're an electrical guru, or even a self-taught tinkerer, you probably have a stack of wire spools lying around that looks like the one in the picture above.

If you're anything like me, you get frustrated when you need to cut a piece of wire and the spools are all tangled around each other or unraveled.

If this sounds like you, then I suggest making a simple rack to hold your wire spools.  You can probably buy one of these, but in true TechShop spirit, I decided to make my own.

All you need is some scrap metal (or acrylic), and a piece of 5/8" tubing of some sort.  I used a piece of copper tubing and a piece of scrap steel I found at TechShop.  TechShop is a membership-based workshop that provides members with access to tools and equipment, instruction, and a community of creative and supportive people so they can build the things they have always wanted to make.  You can check out their website http://www.techshop.ws if you're interested.
 
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Step 1: Cut brackets

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So these brackets could certainly be fabricated by hand, but it's way more fun to use a CNC plasma cutter!  Alternatively, if you wanted to use some acrylic and a laser cutter that would work as well, just make sure your material is thick enough to hold up.

I used Autodesk's AutoCAD Mechanical 2012 to create the file and I cut the brakcets out from some 1/8" scrap steel on the CNC plasma cutter at TechShop.  I then bent the mounting flanges using the press brake at TechShop.  If you don't have a press brake, a torch and a hammer should work.  If you went the plastic route a strip heater will work to make the bends.

Once you have the brackets cut and bent you can paint them if they're bare steel, or just leave them if they're plastic.  I chose to powdercoat mine because we have a powdercoating setup at TechShop.
Takelababy1 year ago
I made something similar for all my spools of sewing thread.
hotdogglue1 year ago
Hey there, for a cleaner look, that would be a simple quick fix, you could swap the red brackets so that the bent ears (where the screws go in) would be on the inside of the rack and be somewhat hidden by the spools. Also a couple holes drilled in the copper pipes and a couple cotter pins would keep the pipes from sliding from left to right...I ended up with all my rolls on the floor once from a sideways tug! Just an idea!
Looks great! If you put a picture of your final product as the main image, I'd be happy to feature your work!
kroymander (author)  SelkeyMoonbeam1 year ago
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