DIY Wire Rope Winder

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DIY Wire Rope Winder
Rope winders are used to roll rope into a coil. (winch image by Edsweb from

Ropes are composed of fibres twisted or braided together for extra strength. Ropes are often used for pulling objects, suspending them in the air and other tasks that require tensile strength. Ropes are made from many different materials including hemp, nylon and steel. While a rope's flexibility makes it almost useless in terms of compressive strength; it also makes rope easily stored in small spaces, usually in coils in order to avoid tangling. A rope winder is used to roll rope into such a coil.

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Things you need

  • Metal Roller on Stand (1 foot diameter)
  • Stiff Steel Wire
  • Pliers
  • Welding Torch
  • Wire Cutters
  • Ruler

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  1. 1

    Use the pliers to cut off a 16-inch segment of wire. This does not have to be exact.

  2. 2

    Bend the wire at a 90-degree angle, 7 inches away from one end.

  3. 3

    Use the pliers to curl the tip of the short segment into a circle, perpendicular to the short end and about an inch in diameter. This curled circular shape increases the surface area to be welded to the metal roller.

  4. 4

    Weld the circular segment to one end of the metal roller. The stiff metal wire should now be securely attached to the roller, creating a parallel handle with a perpendicular bend for leverage.

Tips and warnings

  • To use your rope winder, coil a small segment of the rope around the wood roller with your hands to provide friction. Crank the handle to rotate the wood roller and winch in the rest of the rope.
  • Always wear safety goggles while welding.

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