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Cherry Yarn Swift With Red Oak Case

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Project by RogerM posted 01-12-2016 08:18 PM 1023 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This portable yarn swift was made of Cherry wood and has 8 “spokes” used to hold skeins of yarn so that a skein of yarn can be wound into a ball of yarn which is preferred by most knitters. The assembly expands to fit almost any size of skein and turns on a standard aluminum tube that slips over a solid round aluminum rod which can be found in most hardware stores. The spokes are fastened to the spindles by bare 12 gauge copper wire and are loosely fastened to each other on the extremities by waxed saddle thread (I am told that waxed dental floss would work also). This piece is finished with linseed oil and varnish.

The case was made of Red Oak using finger or box joints to join each of the four sides. The top and bottom are flat panel rail and style design using stub tenons. The top and bottom are affixed to the sides using a tongue and groove system made by Sommerfeld Tools. Trunk hardware was obtained from Kennedy Hardware based in Zionsville, IN.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC





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jaguar1201

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#1 posted 01-12-2016 08:34 PM

Hi RogerM,
I do indeed like your creation of the yarn skein-to-ball winder. My wife has asked me for many years to create just such a device. Is there a basic plan for the winding unit that I might find on some website? I am not sure just how the unit is setup for one person to operate it; perhaps you could explain further with photos of actual thread/yarn mounted on it.
Enrico

-- Enrico, Stow OHIO

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RogerM

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#2 posted 01-13-2016 12:58 PM

Enrico, Check out the following link for a video on the operation of a swift and ball winder:

http://www.yarn.com/videos/video/how-to-use-a-yarn-swift-and-ball-winder/

Also, You can also check out another free standing yarn swift I made for my wife on my projects page.

Send me a message if you would like additional information

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#3 posted 01-14-2016 04:52 AM

Roger, thank you for the response with the website link. I looked at the video and now have a better understanding of how it is made and how it works. I looked at your PROJECTS folder, and must say that you do very fine woodworking. As soon as I finish the six items now in line, I may tackle the yarn swift for a next Christmas present.

-- Enrico, Stow OHIO

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RogerM

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#4 posted 01-14-2016 03:30 PM

Enrico – Many thanks for the compliments. I too am a retired engineer. I guess these are often traits to woodworkers. I see you are just north of Akron. I worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base a number of years ago in the Dayton area. Lots of snow and cold up there where you are. Stay in touch.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#5 posted 01-19-2016 11:12 PM

Love the yarn stuff, and the case is great also !

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