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Quick & Easy Wire Rack

Build a basic wire rack for keeping wire spools organized and easily accessible at the workbench.

Quick & Easy Wire Rack

For too long my workbench has been home to a jumbled collection of miscellaneous wire spools. I searched a bit for a commercial solution without any luck. Then suddenly a simple solution came to mind – curtain rod brackets!

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Step #1:

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  • Find a suitable place for mounting the rack. Close to your work area is usually ideal.
  • Measure the desired length you'd like the rack to be, and mark the dowel for cutting.
  • Cut the dowel to the desired length.

Step #2:

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  • Mark and drill holes for the brackets using a pencil/marker.
  • Use a ruler+level for accuracy. Since I mounted mine on a shelf, I used the shelf as a guide.

Step #3:

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  • Mount the brackets in their new home.
  • Rod brackets usually come with appropriate wood screws for mounting. Since I mounted mine to metal, I used similar size nuts, bolts & washers I had on hand.

Step #4:

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  • Thread your wire spools onto the dowel.
  • Secure the dowel in place via the bracket thumbscrews.

Step #5:

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Done. Enjoy a more orderly workspace and convenient access to various wire types!

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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