|Project by Chase||posted 03-12-2010 11:04 PM||2487 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
My girlfriend is big into spinning and knitting. She uses a lot of drop spindles but has only one spinning wheel. It is from the 70’s, and belonged to her grandmother. The company that made them only does looms now and she only has one bobbin for it. One bobbin means you can only ever do one thing at a time with it. So I took some measurements off her old one and made a first replica. Below is a picture of what a bobbin in a spinning wheel looks like.
They come in all shapes and sizes, and the example isn’t the one I am going for but it gives an idea. The two end pieces were done out of oak on my newish mini-lathe. They turned out pretty well considering they are the 4th and 5th things I have ever done on it. On her’s the center piece is a dowel that was hollowed out and has plastic inserts of some sort to act as bushings at the ends. I would have to drill a dowel from both ends, and wasnt super confident with that idea. I ended up going with copper piping because it was about the right size, easy for me to work with, and fit the spacers well. The plastic bushings on mine are nylon spacers I picked up at the hardware store.
I am going to end up making a small fleet of these things before it is all said and done with, so I might attempt a dowel as the center shaft on the next one. That will require much less JB Weld and look a lot better.
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