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Make Your Own PVC Bonsai Wire Caddy DIY Build

Originally posted 6-11-2014

Make Your Own PVC Bonsai Wire Caddy. DYI Build

Caddy Assembly
Instructions

Parts needed

What

Quantity

3/4 caps

4

3/4 tees

2

3/4 45's

4

side
outlet elbow 3/4

6

hilti
flush drop in anchor 5/8 11. Ebay seller
electricproms

2

bolts 5/8
11 2.5″

2

plates
8.5″ pvc

10

2&1/8
inch section of 4″ pvc, sewage thin wall

2

2&3/4
inch section of 4″ pvc, sewage
thin wall

4

2&1/8
inch section of 2″ pvc

2

1.5″
inch section of 3/4″ pvc

6

2.5″
inch section of 3/4″ pvc

1

25.5″
inch section of 3/4″ pvc

2

12 1/16th
inch section of 3/4″ pvc

2

5″
inch section of 3/4″ pvc

4

7.5″
inch section of 3/4″ pvc

2

Imperial
supply bushing part number 70155

8

We have hundreds of anchors, 45's and bushings left over from builds. They are available at cost plus shipping. Email [email protected] if you need any.

Its important to dry fit all parts before gluing.

  • Press 3/4 caps onto bolt ends to create a round knob
  • Mount the drop in anchors into one side of your 12 1/16th inch sections of PVC. This can be done with a hammer and piece of rebar.
  • Grind the ends of the 12 1/16th inch sections that contain the drop in anchor so it can easily slide in and out of a side outlet elbow.
  • Attach the 12 1/16th inch sections to a 3/4 tee to create the bar that holds the rolls. The anchor ends should not be glued.
  • Attach two 2.5″ inch sections of 3/4″ pvc and one 2.5″ inch section of 3/4″ pvc to the remaining tee to create a handle. Attach the end caps to he handle
  • Attach the handle to the bar.
  • The handle assembly is complete.
  • Use a dremel to cut out ten 8.5″ circle dividers from your PVC panel. The PVC panel can be found at Lowes and Home Depot. Lowes Item # is 72405 | Model #: 688840. Its important not to substitute another size of panel as you will have fit issues later on in the build.
  • Use a hole saw to cut a 1&1/8th hole into the plates. The hole should be centered at 2 inches in from one edge. Hint. you can cut 20 of these at a time if
    you use several clamps.
  • Cut these sections of PVC.
  • 2&1/8 inch section
    of 2″ pvc
  • 2&1/8 inch section of
    4″ pvc, sewage thin wall
  • 2&3/4 inch section
    of 4″ pvc, sewage thin wall
  • Its difficult but important to get a square cut. A large tile saw works well.
    Its virtually impossible to get a square cut with a hack saw.
  • Cut these sections of PVC
  • 25.5″ inch section of
    3/4″ pvc
  • 7.5″ inch section of
    3/4″ pvc
  • Now assemble these sections with 4 side outlet elbows to create your base.
    This part is tricky and will require fast hands. After you have glued
    these sections place the base on a flat surface and make adjustments with
    a twisting motion until its perfectly level. You have to work fast.
  • Cut these the 5″ inch sections of 3/4″ pvc. Attach two of them to
    one side outlet elbow to create an open triangle. Repeat to create your
    second triangle. Now attach four 45's to the exposed ends of the 5″
    PVC keeping them perfectly aligned with the direction of the pipe. Attach
    four sections of 1.5″ pvc to the exposed ends of the 45's.
  • Attach the base to the triangles you just created.
  • Install the rolls and dividers to the caddy. Lightly screw the end caps into place
    and measure for horizontal play. If the caddy has horizontal play then
    your wire will slip between the dividers and cause problems. Every caddy
    will have some play. Measure how much play you have and insert the
    bushings to compensate. I have hundreds of these bushings available for 50
    cents each, email [email protected] if you need a couple.
  • If you choose to paint your caddy you will need a spray paint that clearly states
    plastic on the label. its a good idea to use acetone to remove most of the
    PVC barcodes and text before painting as they will belled through the
    paint.

Good luck.

By Bonsai Jack

1 thought on “Make Your Own PVC Bonsai Wire Caddy DIY Build

  1. Thanks for posting this. Great of you to share with the bonsai community.

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