For awhile now I’ve been buying just enough wire to do a tree or two. I finally gave in and decided to bite the bullet and empty my wallet to actually buy bonsai wire in bulk. I found through lots of research that Stone Lantern had the best prices online so I placed my order. Check out their website at http://www.stonelantern.com I bought several sizes of aluminum wire in kilos and several sizes of copper in 500 grams. Once I received my wire and had it laying there, I decided that I needed a way to organize it. I searched around and looked at different wire caddies that people had to offer. I got some ideas and decided that I had enough wood lying around and the appropriate saws that I would just make my own.
I decided that I was more in need of something that was to be used more or less in my workshop that could hold a lot of wire at once. So my wire holder is a bit larger since I don’t really plan on using it as a portable caddy unless I need to. I will most likely build myself a smaller portable caddy in the near future. It is on the heavy side but is not actually that bad to lift.
The measuring, cutting and drilling:
The assembly :
It does not feel good to drill your finger! OUCH!
I typically use the same various diameters so I thought it would be a nice touch to wood burn the sizes into the caddy. I also drilled guide holes for the wire to be pulled through. Plus I drilled holes and cut lengths of test wire so I can easily check what size I need 🙂
The finished product :
I tripled sanded and stained the wood a nice light cherry. Top bar is for copper wire and the bottom for aluminum. Plus there are other screw hangers/spaces for misc. wire such as stainless steel for guy wires and such.
The latches keep the bars in place. Open them up and the bars slide right out!
Finished wire holder and loaded with wire! There is also an open space inside to hold other tools/supplies. I am thinking about putting the wire rolls on wooden spools so they unwind better. I just have to find the right ones.
Well let me know what you all think 🙂 Thanks for reading as always!