Homemade hand drill pickup winder

How to turn a power drill into a pickup winder.


This crafty example demonstrates that you can wind a pickup with very simple gear. It's economical, although it has no way to count the number of winds.

Clamp an electric hand drill to a workbench. The speed control is simply a second clamp which is tightened onto the drill trigger: screwing it downtighter presses the trigger and speeds up the drill.

Drill Pickup Winder 1

We fashioned a mounting plate in the shape of the pickup (with a recess for the eyelets), and mounted that onto a metal shaft that's held in the drill chuck. Whatever your method, see that the pickup is spinning true and straight.

Drill Pickup Winder 2

You'll be moving the wire back and forth as it feeds onto the coil, and you'll want to create a "traverse limiter" to keep it between the two flatwork pieces. On the Schatten Pickup Winder, this is a polished metal rod with adjustable right and left limiters. For this simple winder, the limiter is a hole drilled in a piece of wood that pivots right and left. The hole must be sanded very smooth.

Drill Pickup Winder 3