I bought a box of 100 feet (30.5 m) 12 AWG cable (12/3) from Costco for other DIY projects, but I had a problem organizing the long and heavy cable. Looking up on the Internet, there are products out there to solve the exact problem (Reel-A-Pail/Quick Winder) but they are not cheap. Honestly speaking it’s not that difficult and fun to build one. I also made a video showing it in action, enjoy!

Parts List

  • Home Depot 19 L (5 Gallon) bucket – $4 CAD
  • 10″ Lazy Susan (I had it long time ago)
  • 3″ ABS drain pipe (leftover from DIY projects)
  • Wood from old book shelves (free)
  • 30+ years old sander attachment for drill


  1. Google “Bluecell 10 Inch Heavy Duty Rotating Swivel Steel Ball Bearings Stand for Monitor/TV/Turntable/Lazy Susan” you can find it for $10 at Amazon.com US. I had it long time ago sitting in my basement for ages, I didn’t buy it for this project.

  2. I love this idea and I am in the process of making it. Instead of glue I’ve decided to use l brackets to attach the pipe and make it stronger. I didn’t have a lazy Susan so I’m cutting old boards I have laying around and got the bearings from rona or Home Depot
    Thanx for the instructions

  3. This is my first DIY project so I have a couple of questions:
    What type current drill attachment can I use?
    Would using the 10” Lazy Susan provide an accurate pattern for the drawing the circle on the wood?
    What type current wood should I use?
    What type glue did you use?

    1. – Google for “Drill Mount Sanding Disc”
      – Not really, because top portion of the bucket has larger diameter, you need a pair of compasses for the circle
      – Any wood I got it from old bookshelves
      – The glue I used “Amazing GOOP” (Marine, Household or Automotive any will do)

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