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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2010 08:49:05 PM »

SO cool! DEFINITELY being added to my list of craftster inspiration posts. Smiley Not overly complicated, just super practical and cute-to-boot, love it!
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2010 09:26:29 PM »

I love these!  I so very much wish I was the kind of person who could make those - but even more so I wish I was the kind of person who put things away and would actually use those!

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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2010 09:03:05 AM »

Those are fantastic!!   
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« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2010 05:11:19 PM »

Thanks for all the kind comments everyone. 

Making these wasn't hard just lots of little steps.  The fronts are just typical memory boards.  There are lots of instructions on how to make those all over the web.  I did add some cork squares to mine so I could pin things to them as well as use the ribbons. 

The frames are just made out of 1x2 furring strips.  Furring strips are super cheap but have some knots and such. If you care about that you can get nicer wood.  I mitered the corners since I have a miter saw but if you don't I'm sure you could just have the box store cut them straight and make it that way.  I just sized it to be about 1/2 smaller than my outside memo board on each side.  I made a second frame the same size out of 1" square dowels.  The 1" frame was then screwed to the back of the memo board. 

So the posts that the thread are on turn so that the thread can be pulled out, right?  I see knobs at the top.  Did you make them or take apart one and reconstruct?
The thread holder inside was also made by me.  I used square dowels for the posts and round ones to hold the thread.  Drilling the holes at an angle, cutting all the little dowels, and gluing them in place took the longest.  If you already have a thread rack I would think you could take it apart and use it. 

Then I drilled a hole at either end of the square posts.  On the bottom I glued a short (1/2" or so) piece of round dowel.  At the top I glued a longer piece (2" or so).  Then on the frame I drilled a hole about 1/2 the way through the frame at the bottom.  At the top I drilled a hole all the way though.  Then I inserted the post with the long piece at the top all the way though the frame and the short piece at the bottom just sitting in the hole to hold it in place.  Finally I glued the knobs to the top.  So the post can turn when I want to put thread on and off.

When the two pieces were done I just used hinges to attach the smaller frame on the memo board to the main frame with the thread holder and put a hook on the other side to hold it closed.


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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2010 12:24:27 PM »

Thanks for this post!  It was just the inspiration I needed!
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« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2010 01:58:10 PM »

This is such an incredible idea. I always think having my thread out is tacky, and my craft room will be doubling as a guest room also. Smashing job!

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« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2010 11:03:21 AM »

I love how you have all your thread organized now - that's awesome.
Great idea.

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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2011 02:20:11 PM »

What a FABULOUS idea!!!! Smiley

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« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2011 07:19:31 PM »

oh soo cool! I wants one!!!
I am starting to get a decent collection of thread and all I have is that crappy plastic box and the lid pops off it all the time. i like that is does double duty and your thread doesn't get all dusty.

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« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2011 03:52:30 AM »

I love this idea!

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