Introduction: Making a Large Set of Bonsai Soil Sieves

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Step By step pictorial on the construction of my new set of soil sieves.

Step 1: Cut Down 2x3 Into 2 Foot Sections

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You will need
3 - 2"x3"x8' Wood Planks
1 - 2'x2'  1/4 Hardware cloth sections sold by the foot at my local Orchard supply
1 - 2'x2'  1/8 Hardware cloth sections sold by the foot at my local Orchard supply
1 - Small roll screen for smallest size sieve
Saw
Staple Gun/staples
Powered Drill/screwdriver
Wood Screws

With a chop saw or miter box cut down your 2x3x 8 feet into 2 foot sections. 

Step 2: Drill Pilot Holes and Screw Together Frames

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My friend Aron helped my cutting down the planks drilling pilot holes (so the wood doesn't split), and screwed the frames together while I began stapling. 

Step 3: Staple Hardware Cloth to Bottom

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Making sure you pull the screen tight, staple around all edged until secure. Trim and excess hanging off edge. 

Step 4: Finished

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And now you have a large set of soil sieves... 
My afterthoughts were... 
Perhaps a little too big ( they are heavy without any soil so I'm not sure how easy they will be to use. 
If I wanted to spend more time I would screw down some metal covering for the edge of the screen, I'm afraid i'll cut myself on the screen edge. 

Comments

hegure_ryu (author)2014-12-27

These are great for other garden and building projects not just for bonsai. Good job.

Kurosama (author)2013-11-04

You could always create a tripod chain holder to support the weight. Refer to the picture here...http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=546083&d=1332392392 (NOT MY PICTURE, JUST A GOOGLE SEARCH FIND) but these are used almost universally in the archeological community.

GorillazMiko (author)2013-02-28

Nicely put together! These could even pass as store-bought.

Thanks for sharing and keep the projects coming!

GM

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