CD Cable Drum

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Introduction: CD Cable Drum

Have a lot of scrambled wires and cables laying around? don't know what to do with your cake CD case and skrached up discs? want some order? make a cable drum from discs and a toilet paper roll.

Step 1: Materials

this is what you need :
1. discs (CD's, DVD's whatever)
2. toilet paper roll (can be done with any pipe-like thing)
3. super/crazy/epoxy glue
4. cutting tool
5. some wire
6. (optional) cake CD case

Step 2: Assembly

1. mark the cutting line on the roll
2. cut the roll
3. glue the roll to the discs
i suggest you allign the discs with a cake disc case
4. make a little hole in the roll to fit the end of the wire
5. fit the end of the wire into the hole in the roll (you can secure it with some glue)
6. roll the wire around the roll

Step 3: Display

i chose to display my cable drums in a cake CD case, but you can build some other display case or device.

Step 4: Thanks for the Suggestions

thanks for all your suggestions you gave me - i decided to use one of them, i put some feed holes for the cables

can be done with drill, dremel, cutting tool or even a pair os pointy scisors

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    24 Comments

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    laxap
    laxap

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I Made It! [TM]

    With feed holes, and a cool topping CD (that came along with the USB Swiss-army-knife)

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    laxap
    laxap

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I did cut the side completely, with an x-acto knife, to ease cables insertion (and it does not much reduce the structural integrity). I made the holes with an old soldering iron.

    BONUS!!

    I have one of the large ones filled with coiled USB cables
    Digital Camera USB
    Video Camera USB
    Mp3 USB
    GPS USB
    Turntable USB
    Generic plain old USB

    ... so many USB's, such a handy holder!

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    harari
    harari

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    well, a cable drum is a way to put order in long cables, so they wouldn't get tangled.

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    matbh
    matbh

    12 years ago on Introduction

    when u pull one wire, others wire separators will turn together... am i wrong?

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    harari
    harari

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    yes, you are wrong... if you noticed - there are three drums inside the CD case - each one is totally independent and does not move the others.

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    donhinklejr
    donhinklejr

    13 years ago on Introduction

    The truly sad part is, I can't count how many of these little wonders I've thrown out, because I thought they were useless!!!

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    mikedoth
    mikedoth

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Preach on brother, I started keeping them and have like 10 spares at my desk now for future projects.

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    harari
    harari

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    yeah, i have a lot of them + i saved the transparent CD's that come with every case - if anyone has ideas - please - share.

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    agis68
    agis68

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Verry Nice Job.....i have about 20 of these in my attic and a good cable dispencer is neaded.

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    Golem100
    Golem100

    13 years ago on Introduction

    Oh man. I just threw away 6 of those things! Great idea. Thanks for sharing it.

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    karen608
    karen608

    14 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! this is practical recycling at its best! Thanks.

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    hethlee
    hethlee

    14 years ago

    SUCH a good idea... I love it! I think I will use this for my cell phone charger and camera cords. Awesome!

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    evy-wevy
    evy-wevy

    14 years ago

    i'll use my 120 dvd cake

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    harari
    harari

    14 years ago

    thanks for all the great ideas - the feed holes idea is genious ! and works perfectly. the crank handle though is not practicle if you have more than one cable in the cake - you would rewind all cable instead of only the one you want. it would work if you have only one roll of cable per cake - but very nice idea thanks.

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    mothflavour2
    mothflavour2

    14 years ago

    Why didn't I think of that? If you punch a couple small holes in the side, you could have the wire feed out like a dispenser.

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    Calltaker
    Calltaker

    Reply 14 years ago

    That's exactly what I was thinking while I was reading this.

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    benjamenjohnson
    benjamenjohnson

    14 years ago

    I hate to sound like an echo, but great idea! What a good use for stuff people most throw away. Now only if I had kept some coasters and CD spindles.