Cablebone (excess Cable Organiser)

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Introduction: Cablebone (excess Cable Organiser)

About: Appreciate what you've got, every day will bring something new.

There are very few things in life that get right under my skin, triping over cables is one of them. I think I may have seen a product like this somewhere - not sure, inspriation being the mother of invention and these are fairly easy to make.

Thing:771HCQ

Step 1: Parts

With the cut-offs left over from the laptop case project I cut out little bone shapes. The mat is 1/8", after a little testing I found that the bones had to be a little stiffer. I glued two together. They dont have to match up perfectly.

Step 2: Drill a Hole to Secure the Cable

Drill and cut in from the end.

One little caveat is that when you wind the cable on you need one end free or you'll wind in a load of twists to the cable, but once its done its stellar at keeping those pesky cables out from under my feet.

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    24 Discussions

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    compudude86
    compudude86

    14 years ago

    this is gonna generate some serious EMI

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    radiorental
    radiorental

    Reply 14 years ago

    what is 'serious' emi, is it less funny than comical emi? or just more grown up? What makes you think this will generate any emi, comical or serious?

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    bkampl
    bkampl

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    electromagnetic interference. further reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coil

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    bloodniece
    bloodniece

    13 years ago

    We used to cut up old cardboard boxes and fashion something, albeit a bit more crude, for storing xmas tree lights. Cords would wrap around the cardboard "bone" and be placed in 5-gal buckets stacked ready for next season. Great for storing extension cords too.

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    Brobru
    Brobru

    14 years ago

    Just commenting so I can refer back later. Love the idea!

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    Wonderground
    Wonderground

    14 years ago

    Brilliant, I say market it.

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    2FishInATank
    2FishInATank

    14 years ago

    This is a great idea for storing cables, fantastic! Though I'm guessing it wouldn't be a such good plan to actually use the cables while they're on the bone due to the capacitance created by the current flow..... Corrections welcomed!

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    radiorental
    radiorental

    Reply 14 years ago

    I dont think there's any inductive effect for your average household application. I've used the headphones as pictured with no adverse effect on the audio. I cant think of an ordinary houseld application with dc that may result in loss of performance through using a cable bone. I've never seen a warning on any cable that states not to wrap the wire up.

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    dig412
    dig412

    Reply 14 years ago

    With the thin cables, rubber coating, and non-metallic core theres going to be barely any inductance at all

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    radiohead
    radiohead

    Reply 14 years ago

    I remember noticing (many years back) that a quick power drop (1-2 seconds) caused all the computers on a shared circuit to reboot, except for 1. That 1 computer was connected to the circuit with an exceptionally long extension cord, which was wrapped around itself in a similar fashion, as on the bone. At the time, I remember thinking that the cord must have created enough inductance to keep the one machine powered up for the additional 'second' that it took for the power to come back on. I'm sure that I witnessed this more than once, as well. Anyhow, I found it curious.

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    radiorental
    radiorental

    Reply 14 years ago

    more likely the long coil smoothed a spike that tripped out the psu's in the other PCs

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    Johntron
    Johntron

    14 years ago

    Cool. I've used empty spools of thread for smaller wires before. This will help with the AC power cords. Thanks.

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    Coffee bean
    Coffee bean

    14 years ago on Step 2

    It works with fun foam and duck tape also.

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    veggiemom
    veggiemom

    14 years ago

    Great idea! I also hate wires all jumbled up.

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    The.Plague.Keepers
    The.Plague.Keepers

    14 years ago

    I made something like this out of Lego, it's a bit bigger but it's a bit more me.

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    code_slacker
    code_slacker

    14 years ago

    Will it generate electro-magnet field...!? That will cause inteference to the device...

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    radiorental
    radiorental

    14 years ago

    Its 1/8th thick rubber mat. You need something flexible to spread and bite the cable in at either end. Gluing two bits of carpet back to back could make for some interesting designs if you didnt have rubber.

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    Shmulkey
    Shmulkey

    14 years ago

    What's the material? It's not clear from the description.