My main goal was to have a place to hang my 1000' spools, and that was wonderfully fulfilled by my end product. Secondarily I wanted something that could help me coil paracord/rope, then hold it while I secured it, whether by a daisy chain 'easy-off' knot, or another way.
Let me again stress that there was little pre-planning that went into the development, just some abstract ideas. It was really cool to make something as it came to me, and turned out really well too.
Lastly, this 'ible requires the use of super dangerous tools like saws, be careful with them and you should be able to keep your fingers.
Step 1: Ingredients (Supplies and Relative Cost)
In terms of supplies, what I used are listed below:
$3 * 1 - 2"x4"x93" A regular stud would work just as well (2"x4"x96")
$5 * 1 - Package of screws, mine were nice deck screws, #8 x 2.5" (total count in project is 10 screws)
$3 * 1 - 3/4"x48" Wooden Dowel
Total - $11
In terms of tools, I suggest using:
- Handheld drill (for holes and screws)
- 3/4" Spade bit - sized for your dowel
- Bit for your screws (Mine required a square bit...)
- Pencil for marking things
- Handheld Saw - a miter saw would have been perfect here, but I don't have one :(
- Measuring Tape - for measuring twice
and of course, a nice, open, ventilated workspace...or the floor of your apartment (be careful with the tools not to mess/tear anything, including yourself, up)
Step 2: Cut a hole in the box...I mean upright
The easiest way to make a hole that will be spanned by a bar or the like (needs to be the same height on both sides) is to clamp or hold both pieces together, and drill straight through both of them. Ideally these would be clamped to your work table, and drilled through with a drill press, but I don't have one of those in my apartment. I set the spool next to the uprights, and eyeballed a good place where it wouldn't extend over the top, and drilled the hole in the center of the boards. Then I rolled the spool farther down and drilled another hole so the total capacity would be two spools on the inside of the uprights.
Next I eyeballed (yes I know, but I was flying by the seat of my pants still) about in the middle of the two holes, and drilled another hole in one of the uprights, and again at the top of the board. These intermediary holes were intended to help me make coils, or do other wrappy type things with paracord and rope. I could even use them as a peg to hang a bit of cord, like in my 'finished' picture there.
Step 3: Fabricate the Lateral Supports
One last note is that I have the lateral supports on the outside of the uprights. I did this thinking that I'd want as much space between them as possible, and also that I might put an angled brace between a lateral support and its upright, but I'm saving that for when I have an easier way to cut the angle (than a hand saw...).
Step 4: Add another lateral support
Step 5: Insert Dowel, and Twist
I ended up with a piece that is 3" on both sides of the upright, and a piece that is only 4" on one side of the upright, and I just used the rest on the bottom shared hole.