A cheap Helix Winder you can make in less than an hour with basic tools.
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Choose you dimensions
First, choose the wire diameter, helix diameter and turns spacing you want. I used:
-d=1.47mm wire diameter (standard 1.5mm² electric wire in europe).
-D=8mm turns spacing
-S=8mm helix diameter
I will note D the helix INNER diameter (from one inner side of the wire to the other), and S the INNER distance between two steps.
Get an aluminium tube (or rode, or irong rode, ...) with a diameter equal to D (helix inner diameter)
Buy a wooden bar with thickness equal to S. Don't use light wood like pine. I used oak from an industrial wooden floor. Mahogany or ashe would be fine.
Buy wood glue.
Get some cheap (2€ for a pair of mine at local disount store) if you do not have better ones.
Buy a drill press (no, don't, ask someone if you can use his one)
Mark the Face Plate
Cut two grooves on one side of the piece of wood spaced by about 20-30mm (1 inch).
Mark perpendicular lines on the face and mark the area between the two grooves and two lines.
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