This organizational tool is perfect for carpenters, tailors, and crafters alike. Modifiable for any table and space, this spool holder has the capacity to old many spools of all kinds. The one we made is constructed of PVC pipe and PVC connectors and wooden dowels, but the materials can always be modified to fit you needs/budget. Our holder has the ability to hold eleven spools, but this is also customizable based on your needs. The dowels could also hold multiple spools. Over all, this is a great product for any one looking to store and easily access their spools, no matter what they contain.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools
- 1/2" PVC Pipe
- Six 6" Pieces
- Twenty one 1" Pieces
- Four 2" Pieces
- Four 1/2" PVC 90° Elbow Connector
- Five 1/2" PVC 45° Elbow Connector
- Eleven 1/2" PVC Cross Connector
- Two 1/2" PVC T Connector
- One 5/8" Diameter Wooden Dowel that is at least 30" long
- PVC Cutter
Step 2: Determine Length and Width on Table
Measure the table that the spool holder will be build for.
These measurements will then influence how long all of you PVC pipes will be.
The table our spool hold was built for had a top that was 53 inches long and 6 inches tall.
Step 3: Find Your PVC Pipe
Find the Pipe that fits the length of your table.
If you cannot find something exact, buy something longer. Then use your PVC cutters to cut the pipe to your needed length.
Step 4: Add PVC Cross Connecters to Your PVC Pipe
Take your PVC cross connectors and add some of the PVC pipe pieces to one of the pairs of holes across from each other. For our table we started with one of the 2” PVC pipes on left side of the cross connector and a 6” PVC pipe across from it. After that was done we just continued the pattern of cross connector than 6” PVC pipe, etc. Make sure you end with the PVC pipe.
This step should use up one 2” pipe, six 6” pipes, and six cross connectors.
Step 5: Adding the Dowel Holders
Now stick six 1” PVC pipes to one of the holes of the cross connectors that is perpendicular to the other pipes in the connector.
Make sure all the 1” pieces all facing the same way.
Step 6: Cutting Your Dowels
When cutting your dowels, it is important they are the right length for the spools that you are going to be putting them on.
Step 7: Attaching Your Dowels
Stick your dowel into the side of the cross connector WITH the 1” pipe piece. If the fit is not strong enough to hold the spool, you can use hot glue to reinforce the connection.
Step 8: Creating and Attaching the Dowel Stoppers
At the end of the dowel, slide on a 1” pipe piece and then a 45° elbow connector. You should not hot glue this side of the dowel to the 1” piece because it is going to need to come off when you need to take off one spool and put on another.
Step 9: Creating Your Corners
This is the directions for the left corner.
Start with cross connector with a 2” pipe piece coming out from the left and a 1” piece coming from the bottom. Then attach a 90° elbow connector to the other side of the 2” pipe piece. Next, take a T connector and attach the left extension to the other side of the 1” pipe piece. Make sure that the bottom extension of the pipe is pointing up. Then attach another 90° pipe connector. From there attach another 2” pipe piece and then another cross connector to the other side of that. Keeping the 2” connector at the left, attach a 1” pipe piece to the bottom side of the cross connector.
Now do the same thing for the right corner, but trade in all the lefts for rights and vise versa.
Step 10: Attaching Your Corner Attachments
Take your corners and attach them at the open hole of the T connector to the ends of the base of the spool holder. Make sure they are attached completely and will hold the weight of all the spools. If you feel they might not be strong enough, you can reinforce them with hot glue.