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  1. Yarn Swift for My Wife

    Outside of the usual toy making realm for me but when my wife asked for a yarn swift several months ago, there was no way I was going to say no. Basically a yarn swift makes winding a ball of yarn from a skein of yarn (the sort of sausage shape they are usually sold in) a lot easier than the...
  2. Yarn Swift

    So my gal is a knitter. A condition that I am certain many of you are familiar with. As it was getting closer to Christmas and I was discussing and planning things that I was going to make for OTHER people, she came across this video...
  3. Yarn Shelf

    And the next installment in the "Stuff I built for my girlfriend" line, a rather simple shelf that she can put baskets on to hold all her yarn and assorted knitting paraphernalia. We were in Hobby Lobby and she saw a shelf somewhat like it and said, "Hey, I bet you could make me something like...
  4. Yarn boxes

    My wife requested I build a couple of these for a friend who knits. I decided to build the first one with the highly contrasting colors of maple and walnut. The 2nd one is walnut sides with a maple top. A 1/4" diameter rare earth magnet is used to keep the lid shut. When I got them built, I...
  5. Portable Yarn Buddy

    This "Yarn Buddy" was designed using ideas from other LJ's projects and searching the internet for other designs. The basic change was adding a DVD/CD disc for the yarn to sit/spin on. The base is approximately 4" X 6". The 1/8" brass rod is 9" long, treaded on one end and secured to the base by...
  6. Spinning Wheel

    This was my first attempt at a spinning wheel. A friend brought me a pile of wood that used to be a spinning wheel and asked if I could "fix" it. I've always wanted to build one so I took on the project as a learning experience. I had to fabricate the wheel, hub, and one back leg as the original...
  7. Cherry Yarn Ball Winder

    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...
  8. Yarn Winding Tool - Nostpinne

    This is my second successful turning. This one is made from a single piece of maple. I am making these for my wife's Etsy Online Shop, Rumplestiltskeins.
  9. Yarn Winding Tool - Nostpinne

    Another ball winder, perfect for the yarn spinner, knitter, or crocheter. This one crafted from a single piece of purpleheart. I am producing these for my wife's Etsy Online Store.
  10. Yarn Winding Tool - Nostpinne

    This is the last ball winder I was able to create in the last few days. It's too cold in the garage/shop to do any real work out there for the moment. Hoping I can bundle up tonight, and get a couple more turned out. This one is purpleheart on the outsides, with walnut in the center. Each...
  11. Knitting Swift

    My wife is a knitter and she has been wanting to buy one of these for a while now. Apparently you put the "scanes" of yarn around the swift and then you can roll it into a ball ready for knitting. This can then be done with only one person. I think you see this in the movies, one lady holding...
  12. Large Redheart Supported Spindle for Yarn Spinning

    I've designed some heavier spindles for tackling robust fibers like Icelandic wool. The heavier fleeces are difficult to spin on smaller supported spindles, but some people would still like the convenience of lap or seated spindling. This Redheart spindle weighs 3.4 oz, and will stay bottom...
  13. Nostepinne

    My first turning project on the (now broken) old Delta lathe my father brought me. It's called a Nostepinde (nosty) and is used for winding a center-pull ball of yarn. Looks identical to a nautical peg… coincidence? The wood comes for an unidentified tree that died in my back yard. Fragrant...
  14. Bocote Russian Spindle (Supported Spindle for spinning yarn)

    Rockler was having a sale on 1×1x12 Bocote blanks for $1! So I bought one. In fact, other than purchasing the wood for my lathe stand, this was my first wood purchase related to turning. Everything else had been salvaged. Russian spindles are unique in the YARN MAKING SPINDLE world in that they...
  15. Closer to Traditional Russian Spindle

    I'm getting closer. The traditional Russian spindle has a pointier whorl (the bottom bit) shaped like an arrow. And the whole spindle should probably be even more slender. Also, the traditional Russian woods are lighter… like birch. This particular spindle spins like a dream… fast, true, and...
  16. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    I am once again impressed with the quality of customer service at Rockler. I ordered a set of three plug cutters online. When the order arrived, I was glad to see that the cutters were made in Montana by a company called Montana Brands. I went to the Montana Brands web site to see what other...
  17. Focus on the Workspace
    To start, I live in Woodstock, Illinois. I have a two car garage and a full, unfinished basement. I have done some projects, but haven't established my "home" for my shop. I need some help with narrowing down which one should be the better choice. If you can, add any missed points, or enhance...
  18. Designing Woodworking Projects
    Hi Everyone, Being cooped up inside from knee surgery has been driving me nuts but also stimulating my woodworking ideas. I'd like to be a sled for my table saw. It's a Bosch 4100 but it only has the 1 miter slot, not too like most regular tables. Could I still build one and one I only be able...
  19. Blogs
    Discouraging Day The weather has turned in my area of the US and my landlord has not prepped the property for the deluge we usually get. I spent an hour this afternoon figuring out an alternative water flow for runoff that was coming into our garage and threatening to flood us out. But that...
  20. Blogs
    Each day brings new delights I'm glad that my last rainy day terror didn't dissuade me from my efforts. Thanks everyone for the upbeat words and encouragement… it actually made a big difference when I got out there again. This weekend I went to Rockler and saw this great deal on Bocote turning...
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