Yarn Buddy

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Project by Brawny posted 11-24-2015 02:09 PM 1637 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister is a knitter and even though there is a war between knitters and woodworkers (thanks Wood Talk), I made her this yarn holder. It is based from a design she showed me on Etsy. She wanted to be able to put it in her purse and be able to travel with it, so I made the prongs removable and they store within the little turn tables. In order to make the holes through the blocks I ripped them down, used a 3/16 round nose router bit, and then glued it back together and it worked out pretty well. Since I don’t have a drill press, trying to drill straight through by hand just didn’t work out the way I would have liked.

It is made of walnut and measures 10” x 4” x 2”. I used the small lazy susan hardware so the little tables will spin with the yarn for easy use. I made the dowels by cutting stock to just over 3/8” then using my hand plane to round the corners and then pounding it through a steel plate with a 3/8” hole drilled in it. This was the second attempt, because the first one I over complicated and got so frustrated with it that I just scrapped the whole things. I had attempted to drill the holes for the dowels through both top and base, the issue was that I could not get them to line up. My thought was that the top piece would spin around the dowel, but then it dawned on me that this was unnecessary, so I plugged the bottom holes and the dowel just fist tight in the top piece and spins with it.

Like with many of these types of gadgets, she showed it to here knitting group and now they all want one…....

-- The day I know it all, is the day I die.

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#1 posted 11-24-2015 02:12 PM

Never heard of a Yarn Buddy but I can see how useful it could be. Good build.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 11-24-2015 06:22 PM

This is really a nice project and I’m sure that your sister loves it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 11-26-2015 02:24 AM

Damn it…..I showed it to the other half…..I will be making one now.

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#4 posted 11-27-2015 04:21 PM

Sammo, have no worries, it is a pretty simple build. Feel free to message me if you have any questions.

-- The day I know it all, is the day I die.

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