Fiber Optic Cable Reel for the ROV Tether

Designed by:  Dan Scoville

Machined by:  Dan Scoville

Goal:  Make a cable reel that will hold my ROVs fiber optic tether and contain a fiber optic rotary joints (FORJ.)

Fiber Optic Cable Nut
Fiber Optic Cable Nut
Fiber Optic Cable Nut
Fiber Optic Cable Nut
Fiber Optic Cable Nut
Fiber Optic Cable Nut
Fiber Optic Cable Nut
Fiber Optic Cable Nut

Next up is the nut to hold the axle ​onto the frame part.  The nut was made from a scrap of Nickle Aluminum Bronze.  Its 3.25 inches OD and the threads on the inside are 1-11/16 x 16 threads per inch.   The stock I made the nut from was about twice as thick as I needed it to be so I parted it off and now have another nut that I only have to thread and it will be finished.

New nut mounted on the reel holding the axle in place.  The nut holds the axle in nice and rigid.

Feet for fiber optic reel
Feet for fiber optic reel
Feet for fiber optic reel
Feet for fiber optic reel
Feet for fiber optic reel
Feet for fiber optic reel

The feet for the frame were cut from 1 inch diameter aluminum rod.  3 feet were made, these will be the strength member for the feet and will eventually be covered by delrin to make them a bit larger diameter.

Started on the Delrin covers for the feet and handle.  Only got one done so far but I like the way it looks.  These are pretty easy to make so I just need a little more time in the shop and they will be complete.