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« on: February 29, 2012 08:22:16 PM »

Not 100% sure this is where they belong, but I'm gonna share anyway.
I made these today, quite pleased, now I just need some fiber to spin.

*edit: photos removed, seem to have deleted them by mistake*

I'm working on building a spinning wheel too, but these were easier and a hell of a lot more fun for a short term day project.
If you're wondering the woods are mostly South American hardwoods, the center spindle is red oak, I might do more of these, just gotta figure out what to do with them when I'm done making them.

*Edit: April 13, 2012
If you've not noticed by now I'm still making these, here is the current batch I've dropped off at my local retailer.



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« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2012 08:36:22 PM »

LOVE!!  Yay for drop spindles!  one can never have to many.. .and I only have 3.... and none nearly as nice as those!  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2012 08:47:44 PM »

Beautiful! You can send one my way, I've been meaning to learn...
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« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2012 09:06:59 PM »

Bah, they're not but glue and wood. Anyone with a lathe can make these all the day long if they have a mind to, beautifully simple.
The trick is to make em pretty, that's where the challenge is.

These two were tests for a couple different methods of construction for gluing up things for turning on my lathe more than anything else, I'm still thinking on a couple different designs and forms for these. Feedback would be welcome regarding style, function, and form.

Oh, and the rod at the top is a phosphor bronze braizing rod, you can get em for about 10-15 cents each at the right welding store, helpful if you are planning on making one of these yourself. Wait a min, that is a thought, anyone want me to do a step by step of how I built these (and plan on building more this weekend)?
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« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2012 11:21:03 PM »

I want to make one of my own so badly that isn't made of an old cd and some rubber washers. Your drop spindles are inspiring. I will have to do this soon, or this year at least. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2012 11:27:08 PM »

you should sell them , but they are beautiful
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2012 06:10:13 AM »

I'm an odd duck when it comes to selling my works, I much prefer trading and bartering over selling. Putting a price tag on things I build for fun is just so damn hard, my feelings on it is that as it cost me next to nothing to make it and I had a hell of a good time, I should pass that fun on to others at a comparable cost.
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2012 07:03:02 AM »

Anyone with a lathe...
And how many of us do you think have lathes?
These are way better than the dowel and toy wheel spindles I make.
You gonna start joining C-ster swaps now, since you plan on making so many? Wink I bet any number of us would send you wool in return.
I have a hard time even thinking of selling my creations, also, even if I don't make them for me or know who I made them for.
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2012 03:44:04 PM »

The better question is how many older folks (parents, grandparents, etc) have lathes and an interest in carpentry?

More than you think.
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2012 04:17:08 PM »

I don't have a lathe and I think my dad sold his when they moved after retirement because he never used it. However, if you would do a tutorial, that would be awesome. I may find someone who has a lathe and be able to buy some beer or make dinner if they would make me one...
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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2012 04:48:27 PM »

My friend does have a lathe.  I've directed her to this post, but she's more of a lurker on C-ster, if anything.   I've been telling her to make me a spindle for ages, b ut no such luck, just yet....  If there was a tutorial here, I bet she'd use it Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2012 07:19:58 PM »

Blacksmith, those are beautiful!  If I may interject a suggestion (  Cheesy I'll do it any way!)  Make the  shaft longer.

As for those of you who don't have access to a lathe and pretty woods, it's real easy to make a drop spindle that isn't CDs and you only need to know how to not cut yourself with a saw and how to use sandpaper.

Get some wooden car wheels (like the cub scouts use) or are in Tinker Toys (do they still make those??), a small brass cup hook and a dowel rod that fits the wheel.  Cut the rod to the size (about 10-12 inches).  Attach the cup hook to one end.  Decide if you want a top whorl or bottom whorl  and mark its placement on the rod.  If you don't know if you want a top or bottom, mark the center of the rod.  Apply wood glue all around at your mark and slip on the wheel.  I sometimes will put on hot glue to hold the whorl while the wood glue dries.

OR, if you're handy with a drill, find a cool wooden drawer pull and drill out the center.
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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2012 10:34:24 PM »

Yeah, I can do a quick set of pictures and description on how to do it. Oh yeah, how about a 17 inch long spindle? Think that would be better? I need a better idea of how long to make the spindle.
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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2012 08:14:58 AM »

Nice wood. I think the most important thing to keep in mind when making a spindle is the weight. The fiber your spinning has to hold up both the weight of the spindle and the yarn you've already spun.  Seems like a lot of people have different preferences otherwise.  Personally I like the spindle to be between 12-16" long and the diameter of the whorl to be around 4" so I can put a lot of yarn on it.
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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2012 09:32:08 AM »

That looks great!  Grin  Since the spindle is a little longer above the whorl, I would use a shorter hook than on the others.   Nice job.
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« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2012 09:44:40 AM »

Since you haven't attached the hook yet, will this be a top or bottom whorl spindle??
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« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2012 06:35:30 PM »

Done with the first one



I made the ends out of rifle shell casings, they were the right size.
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« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2012 07:57:38 AM »

Your spindles are truly unique.  I know you don't like the idea of selling them, but you should file the idea away for later.  Have you tried one yet?
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« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2012 11:18:49 AM »

Actually I went over to a fiber arts studio yesterday to get some professional advice and opinions on making these, I have actually reworked the one above a good bit as after some discussion and analysis I found and decided that I needed to change some things on it. The ones I took over there went over very well, I'll snap a couple pictures of how this one came out reworked and tweaked after listening to some of the ideas on here and in person there.
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« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2012 03:43:48 PM »

that is cool!
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« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2012 05:17:22 PM »

Yeah, I had an idea last night. I cut and glued it up last night.
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