Rope Winders

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Project by doubleDD posted 06-17-2017 06:19 PM 1532 views 6 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a quick way to wind up rope while boating. I will be using this to keep the anchor rope coiled up neatly and out of the way when not in use. I designed each with two handles on it for easy access. I drilled a appropriate hole in each (pic 5) to slip the rope through and tie a knot as a starter. The 1st picture is what I made for myself. I knew my son needed one also so I made one for him in pic 2 as a father’s day gift.
Pic 5 shows how easy to start. This can also be used for winding up an extension cord.
Each one is made to hold 100’ of rope. Mine is for 3/8’’ and my sons is for 5/16’’. 15’’ long by 8’’ wide. Finished with marine varnish.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 06-17-2017 06:41 PM

Hey Dave, those are a perfect solution to keeping your rope nice and neat! They look like headless aliens standing at attention! LOL! Makes a good gift! Happy Fathers Day!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 06-17-2017 06:44 PM

Dave, don’t forget to unwind the rope before throwing out the anchor! ;-)

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#3 posted 06-17-2017 07:00 PM

Those look handy.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 06-17-2017 07:24 PM

Very GOOD COOL goody to keep the rope in tie…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 06-17-2017 07:41 PM


Does the job with style!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 06-17-2017 07:46 PM

A neat idea, well done, and it will be “borrowed” by some.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 06-17-2017 08:07 PM

Thanks Tony. I bought a new anchor rope and decided I needed something different to wrap it up with. I had a old piece of 3’’ pvc pipe i used for a temporary with the last rope and never changed it out. Thought maybe it was time to update it.

Papadan, I already thought of that a few times. Haha. It should unwind itself and float to the top (hopefully) if I do. LOL.

Thanks Rick, a lot nicer than what I had before.

Thanks Joe. This should keep things neater in the boat.

Thanks Thomas. I made these to hold enough rope and to have a nice look to them.

ralbuck, I hope others can use something similar. They were easy and fun to make.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 06-17-2017 09:38 PM

Great Idea Dave. Very well made with a nice smooth finish and comfortable hand grips.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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at anchor in Orlando

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#9 posted 06-17-2017 09:44 PM

I need to make some power cord winders…

-- Jack

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#10 posted 06-17-2017 11:13 PM

Thanks Cliff. They should last me a long time. These are a lot better than the plastic ones you can buy.

Anchor in Orlando, my original idea was to make power winders. After pondering the idea for a couple days I went with these.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 06-18-2017 01:02 AM

Man, Dave, do you wake up in the morning and look around thinking I need a jig for that, or I need a tool for that, or I need to organize that, what can I make to do the job? LOL !! Nicely done in any case!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#12 posted 06-18-2017 01:23 AM

Good ones, Dave….... also good for extension cords!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 06-18-2017 01:49 AM

Humm Looks like Ted spelt merkre!

-- Regards Rob

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#14 posted 06-18-2017 01:57 AM

Nice job Dave and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 06-18-2017 02:00 AM

Thanks Lee. I wake up every morning in hopes I can accomplish at least one thing I thought of the day before. That makes it a good day. Anything else I do is a plus. LOL.

Thanks Jim. Rope and cords are something we neglect when it comes to storage. Hope these fix that.

Robcastle, that looks like a spammer to me.

Thanks Tony.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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