Building a better woodshop #2: motorized ceiling cord reel: early plan and BoM

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Blog entry by Sodabowski posted 07-30-2012 02:48 PM 2490 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a screenshot of the first prototype plan from top and side views.

Full size here.

The overall dimensions are 11” height and 13 3/4” outer diameter.

Bill of Materials:
- plywood: TBD, scraps could do if you can make segmented turnings, outer shell can be a pyramid or a cone
- motor: $10
- power supply unit: $10
- Lazy Susan bearings: $4.50 plus postage (or get them at your local DYI store)
- misc electric stuff: depending on the command mode. If RC, add around $20.
- add the cord of course :)

so far, for the motorized function, we’re around $40 give or take.

Time wise, I’ll have to actually build it to be able to give a decent value, but this part will depend on the technique chosen for the cylinders (bent lamination of cheap veneer, segmented plywood turning, or even a mere octagon or other high facet count thing).

Now to end packing up for the 10 hour road trip tomorrow… TTYL

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 02:55 PM

Good luck on the long haul Soda … this is gonna be interesting for sure. I like the way you tinker.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 07-30-2012 06:31 PM

I really like a physics student that can actually design and make something. Hope you have a good trip home and have some fun when you are there. Ken

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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