How to Make Cat-5 Braided Audio Cables
Using Cat-5 wires may be a way of saving a few bucks and getting a few blisters to achieve a 10 gauge wire, if you're up to the task.
Things you'll need
- 14 lengths of cat-5 cable with Teflon insulation (cut 1/5 more than what you need)
- The complete attire to make a normal cable
- Discard one of the pair. You need only 54 pairs. Keep it for another project or recycle the metal at a local scrapyard for some bucks.
- Braid three pairs of wire together. Repeat until you have 18 braids (54 pairs divided by 3).
- Braid three trios of braided wire together. Repeat until you have 6 branches.
- Braid three branches together. Repeat until you have a pair. One will be used for left, other for right channel.
- Separate the solids and the striped wires in both branches, strip and twist them together. One twist will be used as ground.
- Put some solder on the ends.
- Put the heatshrink tubing.
- Put the connectors on the ends and crimp them in place.
- Put more solder.
- Solder the ground pin.