Further to Jay Heyl’s post on storing smaller Wild Gears, he writes:
I was thinking some more about storage for the larger gears and rings and had a brainstorm. Here is the result.
I considered making something similar but this was less than $8 on Amazon and I figured even my time in retirement is worth more than that, so I bought it almost fully assembled. There are two minor issues. The large rings don’t stand properly in the back. The posts come up inside the ring. I had to put my largest gear as the rearmost item to give them something to lean against. Putting a heavy duty paper plate or maybe a light plastic one in the back would accomplish the same thing and is probably a better solution since it can be left there permanently.
The other issue is the smallest gear that fits properly is about 100 teeth. Anything smaller than that doesn’t rest on the side rails, and anything much smaller will fall right through. The rack ships as four pieces, with the cross dowels that hold it together needing to be fitted. As such, they could be shortened, pulling the side rails closer together and allowing smaller gears to be stored. I may cut an inch or so off of them and see how many more gears it will hold then.
I just now got this rack and haven’t used it while drawing yet, so I can’t say how well it will work in practice. I do know you don’t want to just cram in as many gears as will fit between the posts. There needs to be room to separate them so you can flip to the one you want. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be terrible to just lift out the whole group, find the one you want, and put the rest back. That would still be a lot faster than flipping through the CD case or digging through a box. Ten gears will fit between each set of posts.
Here is the bamboo dish rack on Amazon ===>>>
Anyone else try something like this? Let us know in the comments.