Cherry Yarn Ball Winders

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-20-2017 04:02 PM 4428 views 24 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two more yarn ball winders made from cherry, walnut, brass ,delrin, lead, steel and rubber O rings and feet. The last shot shows most of the parts in the raw.
I made some modifications from the one I made in 2014. The guides are all wood…..I eliminated the wound wire guide and this works great. I also added extensions to the spindles so you can make a jumbo ball on it now.

They are finished with Danish oil and clear lacquer

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 11-20-2017 04:05 PM

Nice! Are these from Clayton Boyer’s plans?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#2 posted 11-20-2017 04:08 PM

Wow Jim what a cool project. I have a niece that would love these. Did you make up your own plans originally?

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 11-20-2017 04:41 PM

That’s a quite mechanisam Jim!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 11-20-2017 04:58 PM

Nice improvements Jim. The spindle extension should make it more versatile. They sure look professionally made.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 11-20-2017 05:28 PM

Absolutely marvelous construction due to your woodworking ability. Are cut list and plans available? Did you scroll saw or band saw the wheels interior patterns>?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#6 posted 11-20-2017 06:52 PM

Fabulous project Jim, boy there’s a bit of work in these, well done DT3

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 11-20-2017 07:25 PM

Nice upgrade! Looks great!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 11-20-2017 07:41 PM

That is awesome

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#9 posted 11-20-2017 08:47 PM

Beautifully done Jim.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 11-20-2017 08:58 PM

lot of efort,Jim
Great job,perfect finish

-- bambi

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#11 posted 11-20-2017 09:20 PM

Took a while to understand how they worked. Ingenious mechanism!

I love the look of the cherry combined with the other materials- not really “Steampunk”- but really cool!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 11-20-2017 09:32 PM

Complicated work Jim. Where’s the batteries?, LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 11-20-2017 09:59 PM

One of those things I have been aiming to try since I saw one at the store with my wife. Wasn’t too long after that I saw you initial build.

Looks great. I just need to break down and give it a try.

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#14 posted 11-20-2017 10:11 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I finally finished them after 2 months.

Hi Captain Skully and Lee. Clayton Boyer has some of the coolest designs, but this in not one of them. I saw a picture and drew it up and made it work. I always use old spoke wheel design on mine. My sketches were so plain from the first one that I had to draw the parts up all over again.

Hi Russel. No cut list or plans available for these. I can tell you the sizes of the parts and you’d have to go from there to making them fit together. For the wheels, I drew up the wheel with a couple of spokes and then I made all the radii in the corners large enough for my smallest spindle sanding drum ( about 5/8”). I made the wheel blanks and then laid out one pattern of centers on each one and then put the wheels on the lathe and spotted that pattern 5 times equally spaced on each wheel using an index wheel for 5 spaces. I drilled out all the holes with a Forstner bit and scroll sawed out the openings and sanded them. I did not take any process shots of this, unfortunately.

Hi Pete. It was whole lot more work than I remembered.

Hi Lew, that 5th shot shows a ball being wound. I did a video with the last one in 2014.

Hi Tony, they do make them with electric motors on them, but I’m not into that.

Hi Travis, if you did not want to have to make the Delrin bearings and brass axles, you could make one with wood on wood and just wax it for a lube. The.160” dia. driver O ring can be purchased in 10 ft lengths on E bay and glued together with CA glue.The wheels really don’t need spokes. The only real fitting has to be done on the wheel with the tube in it. The wheel has to be driven around by the brass cone and I had to shim the cone to get just the right fit so it is driven around as the whole assembly swings around.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 11-20-2017 11:21 PM

Great project Jim. As usual they are very well made.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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