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Old 09-04-2006, 01:30 PM
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At the request of the Great and Powerful Oz, er, I mean Cutter.

I'm reposting so it can be moved easier.

I moved my old tombstone on top of a cabinet to save floor space.
I needed a better way to store cables without making them difficult to get to.
Space is at a premium...

I mounted a set of full extension ball bearing drawer slides on the side of the cabinet. I used 22in slides, because that's what I had available. It is critical that they be mounted absolutely parallel. Extend them out to get a longer frame of reference, within 1/16 should be more than adequate.

Next, I fabricated a simple square frame out of 1x1x1/8 inch angle. You could use about anything rigid depending on your scrap pile. The taller you make the frame, the less length leverage will have to work against the slides.

I mounted a couple of pieces of 2x1/4 flat bar 4-1/2 inches long for the cables to rest on and capped them with a couple of 2-1/4 inch disks from my scrap pile.
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Old 09-04-2006, 01:37 PM
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Paint the frame your desired color.
I just happened to have some Miller Blue laying around.

Mount the frame to the slides, making absolutely sure you maintain parallelism.
I used SS #8 by 3/4 inch machine screws with nylock nuts.

Hang the cables and try it out.

It would probably work on a truck and could be modified to fit about anything.
The drawer slides are rated for 100lbs. In this application they would probabaly handle quite a bit more. If you need much more than that, put in a second, or even, third pair of drawer slides. Load capacity depends entirely on how many sets of slides you want to put in.

If you're wondering about the 2-1/4x3/16 inch disks...
They're punchouts, I get them from my great uncle during my visits to the Texas Panhandle.
I use them for just about everything...
I have been known to share....
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Old 09-04-2006, 02:23 PM
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Thank you.
Not "moved" but posted and linked.
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If you're wondering about the 2-1/4x3/16 inch disks...
They're punchouts, I get them from my great uncle during my visits to the Texas Panhandle.
I use them for just about everything...
I have been known to share....
Hmmmmmm . . . windchime . . . kayak anchor . . . weapon to throw at dogs who chase bikes . . . nail on trees to mark property lines . . . shims to elevate the back of puter keyboard . . . artsy funky pendant on a hemp cord . . . pie weights . . .

The possibilities are endless.
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Old 09-04-2006, 09:52 PM
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OK, I'll ask... what's a punch out? Out of what?

I can see plenty of uses, but looking around I don't see what they came out of...
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OK, I'll ask... what's a punch out? Out of what?

I can see plenty of uses, but looking around I don't see what they came out of...
My great uncle manufactures wire feeders, spools, rollers, etc, mostly for the powerline companies. A punchout is the slug that is "punched out" of a plate to make a hole for a bearing or shaft. Everytime I make it up there to visit, I go through his scrap piles in search of usable goodies. Buckets full of these punchouts are always available.
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I would hate to be on the recieving end...
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Old 09-05-2006, 01:37 PM
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Photo, you done good!
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