Introduction: Re-spooling Wire With an Electric Drill
Alright lads! Roll call! Who's missing? Raise your hand if you're missing.
Step 1: Identify the Problem.
Ah there you are, purple. Ok, get in line with the others.
Step 2: Engineer a Solution.
And by "engineer a solution" I mean "try the first idea that pops into your head".
Here's what we'll be using:
- Lord Drillington-Smythe, for his prowess with the spinny-spinny.
- A left-over empty wire spool.
- A 1" spade bit that is just slightly narrower than the target spool.
- Masking tape, to fill the gap. Wrap the bit tightly - there's nothing worse than watching in sadness as half a spool of wire runs merrily down the hill laughing gleefully as it trails another half-spool. Well, there are plenty of things worse, but none that apply to this project.
Step 3: I Knew Those Spinning Classes Would Come in Handy.
Ensure the spool won't come flying off the end of the bit (you didmake a tight fit with the masking tape, right?).
Feed the end of the wire from the source spool through the holes in the target. Wrap the wire tightly a few times otherwise the target spool will just sit 'n' spin happily without actually acquiring any wire.
I used Lord Drillington-Smythe's slowest speed, and low torque.
Completion occurs when the end result has been achieved.
Step 4: Happiness Accomplished!
*Dusts off hands* all done.
For the beautiful & handy wire spool organizer, see this instructable.
5 months ago on Step 4
Amazing. Still relevant even after 7 years.
7 years ago on Introduction
Just a note to let you know I have added this to the collection: Cordless Drills Hacking for Other Uses !
Take a look at a bunch of project involving odd uses of drills and for even more drill info:
7 years ago
Lol, great idea, and excellent write-up! Thanks for sharing!