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  1. #1
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    Sep 2009
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    Default Frame-wire spool-holder designs

    I'm looking for the simplest, most effective spool-holder for frame-wire. I've experimented with some different designs but still haven't found what I want. I'm wondering if someone here has invented something that's an improvement on the usual 2 upright pieces of wood attached to the wiring board with the spool rotating on a bolt through the tops. Different methods of preventing the wire 'birdsnesting' would also be of interest. With photos if possible.

  2. #2
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    Hendersonville, NC, USA
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    Default Re: Frame-wire spool-holder designs

    Don't have any pictures but what I did was to use the 'two uprights with a bolt through the spool' concept with an added spring to apply pressure to the spool so it doesn't spin as freely and also mounted a third upright at one end (perpendicular to the bolt) where a piece of wood sandwiched the wire to the upright.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Frame-wire spool-holder designs

    I wire on top of a wooden box slightly larger than a deep frame. The spool of wire is bolted to the box tight enough that it will turn when the wire is pulled but not unwind itself. The wire is fed through a narrow hole on the side of the box to the inside of the box and then out a small hole to the outside top of the box.

  4. #4
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    May 2003
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    Lexington, KY, USA
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    Default Re: Frame-wire spool-holder designs

    Our wire spool dispenser works great. The key is the shaft of the spool has to be the size of the hole in the spool and we use a piece of plastic water pipe.
    Tyb, please see e-mail. Take care and have fun.

  5. #5
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    Jackson, MO
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    Default Re: Frame-wire spool-holder designs

    My design is like a lot of others. I have the two uprights with the dowel rod. Behind the spool, I have another upright and I nailed a section of corrugated plastic (like from the mite counting boards). The plastic is the same width of the spool.

    It is bent from the pressure, and to secure it to the upright, I needed a small scrap of wood. So I used a scrap leftover from a broken comb honey section box.

    You cannot see it from the picture, but I simply pull the wire from the spool. No other holes or clamps to pull it through. I pull out the wire, cut it off. The plastic keeps the wire on the spool tight enough so it doesn't get tangled.

    http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/a...ant1/wire3.jpg
    http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/a...ant1/wire2.jpg
    http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/a...ant1/wire1.jpg

    Grant
    Jackson, MO
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

  6. #6
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    Nov 2010
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    Default Re: Frame-wire spool-holder designs

    Gday Grant,

    Thanks for the photo, I am going down to the garage to knock one up just like it.

    regards
    Haakon

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