(First, I apologize if this is an incorrect board for this project--even though it's a wooden craft, I thought it related more to knitting!
My sister had been commenting for a while that she wanted to buy sock blockers, but they were always so expensive. She knits a lot of gifts and that inevitably means socks (though I remind her that she's only knitted me ONE sock and I'm still waiting for the other...), so I decided to make her a set of sock blockers. I only made one of each size, however. Maybe next year she'll get another set.
We jokingly call them "Sock'em Blockers".
The "sizes" go from small, medium, large, extra large. (The extra large is rather... extra large...)
She's knitting this sock for our older brother, so while she was away, I stole it to model it on the large sock blocker.
I used templates I found at a website called CyberSeams (http://cyberseams.com/article/105710/all_things_knitting/how_to_make_your_own_sock_blockers.html
) because I'm new to knitting and so had no idea where to start for sock blockers. I cut out the templates they provided, traced them onto wood, and cut (err, sawed?) out the shapes. I also cut 1-inch holes in the middle of each one to (hopefully) speed sock drying time. I used a sander to round all edges and made sure nothing could hook onto the sock and then I sanded it smooth by hand. Then I sealed it very well because my sister and I live in a humid city (in a badly insulated apartment in front of a river), so I had to make sure that moisture couldn't get into the wood.
And this is how the project ended up. I'm quite pleased with it even if they're not perfect.
(Again, I'm not very knitting-socks-savvy, but I think that the arch should be deeper on some of them.) Using power tools is very fun, by the way, but also very scary.
Thanks for looking!