Homemade Welding Cable Reels

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Welding cable is a loose cable sold in lengths beginning at 25 feet. This loose cable is not always conducive to a work situation. You can build a sturdy homemade reel from a 14-inch tire rim. This sturdy cable reel is welded to a steel plate that is secured to the floor with anchor bolts.

Things You'll Need

  • 14-inch rim
  • 3-foot-long, 2-by-2-inch piece of square stock, 1/4-inch thick
  • 12-square of 1/4-inch flat steel plate
  • Drill press
  • 4 anchor bolts
  • Safety glasses
  • Welding machine
  • Welding hood
  • Welding gloves
  • Drill a hole that is the same diameter as the anchor bolts approximately 1 inch from each corner of the 1/4-inch steel plate, which will be the base of the welding cable reel. Anchor bolts are sold in various sizes, so make sure the holes will accommodate the bolt size.

  • Center the small end of the 3-foot piece of 2-inch square stock on the drilled, 1/4-inch steel plate. Weld in place. This is the post for the welding cable reel.

  • Tip the post to the side so it is resting on the top point and the edge of the 1/4-inch steel plate base.

  • Position the rim on the post in the desired position. Weld the rim to the post.

  • Tip the welding cable reel upright. Anchor the base to the desired location.

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