Hi all. For anyone interested, I am posting instructions for building a skein winder out of PVC pipe. Someone on ravelry was interested and wanted to share a link for some fellow knitters who are not on ravelry yet. Hope this helps.
If you are going to use a handle or crank, get that part first. Make sure the handle can be screwed onto a bolt. Bring the handle with you to the hardware store to see what width of bolt you need.
Get these additional parts:
For the swift part:
One long piece of PVC pipe (I used 1/2 inch diameter)
One cross shaped ("slip" instead of the kind that have to be threaded) PVC connector (for middle)
4 PVC Tee shaped slip connectors
4 PVC Elbow shaped slip connectors *** make sure all of the connectors are the same diameter of your pipe***
For the stand (you could use wood here instead if you want):
1 long piece 1 1/2 inch wide PVC pipe
4 1 1/2 inch Tee shaped PVC connectors
5 1/2 inch bolt of whatever width your handle requires (mine was 5/16 mm)
2 flat washers that fit bolt
2 Hex nuts that fit bolt
2 nylon (or metal) spacers 1 inch long
Also, you will need some glue that will adhere to PVC pipe so that you can glue the pieces together.
Using a hand saw, cut 4 pieces of PVC pipe for the four arms of the swift, 4 shorter pieces for the part the yarn will wrap on and if you are making a stand with the PVC cut those pieces, too.
I don't have a diagram, so I would suggest just looking at the picture and, using the appropriate glue, glue the swift part together.
Assemble stand if making.
Then, you will need a drill with a bit that will work on PVC pipe (if you don't have the right bit, you can buy one for about $5).
Drill a hole that is the same size as your bolt into the middle of the cross slip PVC connector. Also, drill the same size hole into the stand where you want the swift to hang.
Finally assemble in this order:
4. through swift
Tighten the bolts.
Then add two spacers before putting the bolt through the stand and cap it all off by screwing on the handle.
This cost about $10 to make.
About $7 for PVC pipe and hardware.
$3 for the handle, which came from a Sno-Cone maker I found at the thrift store.
edit: See post 7 here for a proposed modification.