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Project by mdzehr posted 12-17-2020 05:09 AM 1005 views 7 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cherry yarn ball winder was inspired by fellow LJ Jim Jakosh. Jim, they say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Consider yourself flattered, I confess my plagiarism. While it is not quite up to Jim’s level of craftsmanship, I’m pleased for the most part, with how it came out. I made a few adaptations to Jim’s model:

I added an adjustable belt tension pulley. My guess is that the o-ring belt will probably stretch over time and this tension pulley will help take out some of the slack. It is mounted as a sliding dovetail with the middle section of the base designed to act as a wedge in the track to lock it in place.

I made the center shaft pivot cone to come to a complete point and made the winder adjustable. By sliding the rotating shaft up and down on the cone the user can adjust how closely wound the ball is.

The yarn feed shaft is fully adjustable to rotate and position it in the most optimal location based on from where your yarn is feeding.

All pivot points, except for the winding knob and the yarn feed shaft base, use sealed ball bearings to make a smooth winding operation by reducing friction.

I made the C-clamp and angled base using box joints for strength. The angled base has 1/4” box joints and the C-clamp has 1/8” box joints.

Lessons learned:
If the holes are not dead center, the winder will not work.

The spoke wheels were a royal pain to cut out and sand.

When tapping out the hole for the C-clamp shaft it made a much cleaner hole when I sandwiched it between two sacrificial scraps of wood when drilling and tapping. I made the tap by cutting three relief grooves in a sacrificial shaft obtained from a cheap Harbor Freight C-clamp and tapering the end. I used mineral oil as a lubricant when cutting the threads. After cutting the threads I coated them with thin CA glue and retapped the threads after letting the glue set.

All components are cherry except for the knobs and shaft caps which are walnut.

I made two of these as Christmas gifts for my wife and daughter who are avid knitters. Although I think I have more time tied up in the design and construction of the winders than they will ever spend winding their yarn balls because it winds a ball in a matter of seconds!

-- Mike, Lancaster PA





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lew

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#1 posted 12-17-2020 05:41 AM

That mechanism intrigues me! Cool device.

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

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mdzehr

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#2 posted 12-17-2020 05:44 AM

Thanks Lew. It had me as well when I saw Jim Jakosh’s several weeks ago and was glad that I had a couple of serious knitters in the family so that I’d have a legitimate excuse to make one.
You should check out the YouTube video that Jim made on how it operates.


That mechanism intrigues me! Cool device.

- lew


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#3 posted 12-17-2020 11:46 AM

Very nice !!

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mdzehr

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#4 posted 12-17-2020 11:48 AM

Thanks Redoak49!


Very nice !!

- Redoak49


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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oldrivers

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#5 posted 12-17-2020 12:16 PM

Neat device, looks great.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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mdzehr

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#6 posted 12-17-2020 12:18 PM

Thanks Oldrivers


Neat device, looks great.

- oldrivers


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#7 posted 12-17-2020 02:20 PM

Wow, this is cool. Nice job!

-- Rich

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mdzehr

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#8 posted 12-17-2020 02:44 PM

Thanks Rich!


Wow, this is cool. Nice job!

- Rich1955


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#9 posted 12-17-2020 03:48 PM

Great job, would like to build one for a friend,

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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mdzehr

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#10 posted 12-17-2020 03:57 PM

Thanks Brian! I’m sure your friend would really appreciate it. I know that you are a very accomplished craftsman and engineer, but if you have any questions on the winder please feel free to throw them my way.


Great job, would like to build one for a friend,

- bushmaster


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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woodbutcherbynight

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#11 posted 12-17-2020 04:23 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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mdzehr

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#12 posted 12-17-2020 04:28 PM

Thanks Gunny


Beautiful work.

- woodbutcherbynight


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#13 posted 12-17-2020 04:38 PM

Hi Mike, Excellent winder. Thanks for the mention for inspiration!! You did a great job on it and I like the wood clamp added to it!

Cheers, Jim

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

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mdzehr

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#14 posted 12-17-2020 04:44 PM

Thanks Jim. You really were the inspiration for this. It was a real learning experience! The wood clamp was a fun challenge and seems to work pretty well.


Hi Mike, Excellent winder. Thanks for the mention for inspiration!! You did a great job on it and I like the wood clamp added to it!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#15 posted 12-17-2020 04:58 PM

How about a video of it working?

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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