|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 12-16-2016 08:18 PM||3200 views||17 times favorited||44 comments|
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:
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