Air Hose Reel

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Project by jakeprater posted 01-02-2015 02:02 AM 10670 views 29 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this on lumberjocks a while back ( ), and just finished it today. The original plan comes from Shopnotes, I forget what issue. I made mine wider, to hold more house, and I mounted my spacer bars on the drive disk to give me even more volume too. I made mine out of 3/4 scrap ply, and I used a French cleat on the back rather than the dowel handle hanger. Mine has enough friction that I didn’t need to use the friction Springs like the plans showed, and it seems to work well so far. Iuse the Colorconnex air fittings, the automotive ones – I find they give a better seal, but I can still use them with some of the standard air fittings.

Thanks for looking!

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#1 posted 01-02-2015 03:56 AM

Great work. I will add this for the list of shop upgrades!

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 03:42 PM

That is SWEET, Good job

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#3 posted 01-02-2015 04:18 PM

The link you posted is no good….page can’t be found…..You need to give a little more detail in your description of the build, other than the info you gave….

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#4 posted 01-02-2015 05:20 PM

Link just had the apostrophe stuck on the end, here it is:

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#5 posted 01-02-2015 07:15 PM

Col Travis, thanks for catching that!

Rick, I pretty much followed the plans from Shopnotes issue 41, shown below.

The primary changes I made were to use the drive disk as my hub and attach all the spokes to its face, rather than the edge as shown in the picture. I used all 1/4” pipe fittings from my local Ace Hardware, sealed up with Teflon tape.

The reel handle is a piece of SYP, drilled out and slotted to fit over a pipe union. It is tightened down with a long machine screw, and it turns in the right direction to ensure that the pipe stays tight.

I made my order disks15” in diameter, and spaced them 6.5” apart, but really this size is overkill. I have almost 100 feet of 1/4”hose on my reel! Which is funny since I can reach my whole sharage with probably less than 30 feet. For the spacers I just used some 1/8” hardboard, and it really just keeps the corners of the reel disks from digging into the frame pieces. I think that’s everything.

If anyone needs more details, I’m here to help!

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#6 posted 01-02-2015 07:39 PM

Much, much better, Jake….Thanks for the input… Since I don’t have ShopNotes #41…I have every one of them except a few…’ll find on LJs that the people on here like a lot of details about a project, including me..When I post a project, I detail the whole build…..The details are what gets the most hits, I think, especially if someone wants to build that paticuliar project…...Shop projects, in general, gets the most attention….”ppreciate it…...Keep on posting…..

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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