Wooden Cord Puller

Introduction: Wooden Cord Puller

Within the Standards for Technological Literacy, STL 14 - K of the Designed World states: Medical technologies include prevention and rehabilitation, vaccines and pharmaceuticals, medical and surgical procedures, genetic engineering, and the systems within which health is protected and maintained.

Focusing on the rehabilitation aspect, we have chosen to create a simple device to assist people who lack grip strength due to medical reasons pull power cords out of outlets.


⅛ inch thick piece of wood

Measuring tool

Xacto knife or band saw

Power drill


Step 1: Drawing the Outline

Following the dimensions provided in the picture, draw your design on the top of the piece of wood using a pencil.

Step 2: Drilling the Holes

Using the power drill, drill out the holes in the top four points, and the bottom center point. Make sure to make the bottom hole larger than the top ones, as this hole is where the power cord will rest.

Then, use a Forstner drill bit to bore out the large finger holes.

Step 3: Cutting

Using the band saw or the Xacto knife, cut out the tool along the outline you drew earlier. Be sure to go slow around the curves in using the saw to ensure you do not mess up the cut.

Step 4: Sanding

Using an electric sander or just a sheet of sandpaper and some elbow grease, sand all the edges wear you made cuts or drilled until you have a smooth finish all the way around.

Step 5: Finishing

THAT’S IT! Your cord puller tool is read to be attached to any cord using two small zip ties, as seen in the picture.

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    4 years ago

    Very clever design, nicely done!