Lap Spindle

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Project by RusticElements posted 04-04-2008 09:55 PM 1950 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife spins her own yarn to knit so I thought I’d make her a lap spindle so she could spin while away from the house. I gave it to her for our anniversary a couple days ago. She then tells me she doesn’t like drop spindles (a lap spindle is a drop spindle with a stand). Oh well. She then said it was pretty [back peddling] and wanted to keep it anyway.

The spindle is made of left over walnut and spaulted apple for the wheel, ipe on the bottom and a brass braising rod on top. The base is made of a wild black cherry branch that fell in the neighbor’s yard a while back. It’s all finished with furniture wax which makes the ipe shaft spin nicely in the plastic bearings inside the base.

It was a little difficult to do on my small metal lathe with no wood attachments. I’ll have to get a proper wood lathe one of these days.

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#1 posted 04-04-2008 11:55 PM

Great effort on the metal lathe Rustic.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 04-04-2008 11:58 PM

Hi Rustic,

At times we make do with the tools that we have available to us. This simply reflects our adaptability. You did a good job with this. I really like the wood combination.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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