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At the last craft show I sold a couple yarn bowls and one lady said that they sell a winder to make the balls to put in the yarn bowls. I looked them up and made mine along the lines of a Strauch winder with a few changes.

This was kind of a personal challenge - just to to see if I could make a winder that works. I made it all out of cherry wood and had many designs before I settled on this way of mounting all the spinning parts. Everything that turns is bushed with a Delrin bushing and turns on a solid brass post. The crank wheel pivot top and the driver cone are also brass. The arm opposite the spindle I suspected was a counterweight so I made a couple of 1/4" thick lead weights and buried them under the walnut plugs. It was cleaner than the wide steel arm flying around on the Straunch winder. I wanted antique looking wheels so I cut them out on the scroll saw to look like those old cast wheels. I put 6 skid-proof pads glued in pockets on the bottom to keep it in place.

The clamp is 1/4" x 1" steel. Heated and bent and tapped for the clamp screw.

For the drive belt and the O ring for turning the spindle I used .160" dia. rubber O ring rubber and CA glued them together with the help of a little jig I made for aligning the ends.

It is finished with Danish oil and then Clear Gloss lacquer.

Here is a video I made of it working.

Some process shots:










Cheers, Jim

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Man you really do like a challenge, what a fabulous working apparatus Jim made to the standard that we have all come to expect of course,
cheers Bud
pete

How's the weather around you? we have had reports of all sorts of crappy snow etc up your way in MI
 

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Outstanding built from technical and woodworking point of view, but I don't have a clue what this is. Looking at the video I soppose it is some knitting accessorie.
 

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Hey Jim that is a awesome piece of craftmens ship love the cherry wood. Merry Christmas
 

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Nice. I know women who would love one of these. This might be a nice way to pick up women at the book club. (they knit too)
 

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Nice project, and love the style of the spokes turned out really well.
 

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Nice project. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Any chance you have plans for it?
 

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Wow! Love it when an engineered project looks so nice! Gteat job!
 

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Wow! I'm impressed! This is a complex project. My wife doesn't knit…That may be a good thing Because this looks very challenging to make! Nice work! Great finish!
 

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A great piece of engineering Jim, nice scrollsawing on the wheels, you could have a market for this.
 

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Great job on a complex project. Make a couple of needles and you will be knitting with the best of them.
 

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Masterful piece of engineering and design! I, too, think there is a market for these things!
 

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Thank you all for the nice comments. I don't know what I'll do with it now that it is done??

Hi Pete, we have a big snow storm coming in tonight It is just starting. I love it for driving the Subaru in the fresh snow on the road!!

Hi Ivan, it winds yarn from a skein into a ball and that ball feeds from the inside out for a constant feed without tangling. I have another idea for the yarn too once I get a piece of 4" pvc to make a mock up.!!

Hi Larry, I don't think my wife would like me trying that!!

Hi Bob, now that I have figured it all out, the second one would be easier to make but I don't like production. I'm retired!! The tricky part it to get that cone at the right height for good engagement of the O ring on the spool wheel. It it is too loose, the yarn can back up for the tension, too tight and it cranks real hard. I have 3 shims under that cone for adjustment.

Hi Dean, there are tons of them available on line from $20 to $500 for an electric powered one. This one compares to the $175 one from Straunch but wthl more details added.

Cheers, Jim
 

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Well done Jim
 

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Some super fine engineering and fabrication Jim. Gr8 stuff
 

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I tried to figure out how the yarn would create a ball- before watching your video. I was at a total loss! That mechanism is absolutely ingenious!

Beautiful build, Jim!
 

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Your talents are amazing Jim!
 

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Thanks Tony, Roger, Lew and Steve!!

Hi Lew. I watched that Straunch video about 5 times before I started on this because I could not understand the ball forming ability of the winder. The light went on when I discovered that the O ring on the spool wheel drives the spool around while that whole assembly is being turned while tilted at a 45 degree angle. That makes the yarn go up and down!! It takes this old timer a long time for that to register.

Cheers, Jim
 

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Amazing job as usual Jim.
You are a "Proper" legend, craftsman and all that.
Great job and design. I love the spoked wheels, very ingenious.
Thanks for sharing this with us.

Bob.
 

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Wow…..that's an impressive build Jim!!! Well done sir!!
 

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You sure picked a heck of a project for a challenge. The wheels definitely accomplished the antique look. Great job Jim.
You may be very well on your way to a foot powered lathe.
 
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