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Bonsai Wire Rack/Dispenser

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Project by Dale J Struhar Sr posted 11-03-2009 02:28 AM 6553 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first started taking Bonsai classes the owners were trying to design a rack to hold and dispense the various sizes of wire used to shape branches on the plants. There are 6 various sizes of wire that are most commonly used. The first picture is one view of their attempt to make a wire rack. I have to admit the person did not have a workshop and was limited in tools.However this was the basis for my design. I was asked if I could make something nicer for resale.

The rest of the pictures is the design I came up. This particular rack holds a ½ kilo spool of wire. I also designed (made bigger) a rack that holds a full kilo spool of wire.

In their spool holder design the sides were held on to a solid wooden center with three screws. I had a heating/cooling friend of mine make the sheet metal tube I use. The centers are glued to the sides. Each are fitted as a unit one side has the tube stabled to the center the opposite side center fits snugly into the tube.

I added a drawer for some tools.

They are fun to make and very popular in the bonsai community.

-- Dale, Ohio





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 11-03-2009 03:28 AM

Why so many? Differnet kinds of wire?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 11-03-2009 03:44 AM

Looks like the same basic design could also work for x-mas ribions.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#3 posted 11-03-2009 05:06 AM

I believe there are different diameters of wire, depending on the size of the branch. Also, if you need to train a branch, you need a stiffer wire. I love the bonsai!!!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 11-03-2009 05:10 AM

very useful wire rack

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#5 posted 11-03-2009 12:33 PM

Very nice design. well done

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#6 posted 11-03-2009 12:58 PM

looks like a great unit for a jewelry maker as well !!!
nicely done

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#7 posted 11-03-2009 01:25 PM

You took a good idea and redesigned it into a great product! I get a lot of satisfaction out of doing this kind of stuff, and I bet you do too. The only difference is that it happens a lot less often in my shop than in yours. Well done!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 11-03-2009 02:22 PM

Bonsai fans will love this wire dispenser with that cute drawer included. Very well done.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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nmkidd

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#9 posted 11-04-2009 05:48 PM

Without the drawers….it looks like the tool tote I made many moons ago in woodshop. Great redo of a tried and true design.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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Slice

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#10 posted 02-06-2011 05:11 AM

Very nice…If I may ask how much are you selling them for?

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