Hardware Store Cord Reel Spool Fastener

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Hardware Store Cord Reel Spool Fastener by jag Jan 26, 2011
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Like a few people on thingiverse, I have been using hardware store cord reels (PN 280-984 from Home Depot) for a filament spool.
This is a quarter turn fastener to allow you to reassemble the cord reel after drilling out the 3 snap in fasteners on the frame around the spool.
I can't guarantee that the dimensions will work with your particular reel but they seem to with mine.


Print out the two parts (either separately or together or 3 of each at once).
Push the fastener into the handle and secure with glue if necessary.
You may have to clean up the slot in frame of the reel to get the fastener to fit through (It looked on mine like the pin had been melted on a little when it was assembled).

Now you can take apart the spool and slide a roll of plastic on there whenever you want!

You can also print out http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5792 to clip the spool to the top of your makerbot

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I don't really understand the purpose of this, when the spool seems to be all one piece. Do you cut the whole spool in half also? How are you loading the filament onto the spool?

The spool isn't one piece. There are clips holding it together in three places. These fasteners are so you can take the two halves apart and then throw a bundle of filament around it.

I didn't have the best of luck doing that and usually ended up winding the filament on with the crank.

I've since switched to getting my filament on spools so I don't use these anymore.

I know the frame comes apart, when I say spool i mean just the round wheel in the center. If you could split the wheel it would be very simple to load the filament on it, but splitting the frame doesn't seem to give any advantage by itself. The wheel comes out and its all one piece, i don't see any easy way to load the filament without just winding it, in which case, there is no reason to split the frame.

Why is it two pieces. Doesn't it slip into the spool and then twist as a single part?

Yes, the two pieces are meant to be glued (or in the case of mine, hammered) together. I didn't think that the printer would handle the overhangs on the piece that is laying down if I printed it vertically.