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« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2006 04:49:20 PM »

I did have to make a couple of changes thought. They did not have 1 x 1 birch and I was afraid pine would warp so I'm doing the whole thing out of 1 x 2. Also the 5" hex bolts were only threaded about 1" down so I didn't really see how the nut would work. They had a threaded piece that you could cut but that seemed like more than I wanted to do so I'm using 1/4" machine screws - surely the difference between 3/8" and 1/4" won't matter.

Pix sometime this weekend.

The bolt size you selected should not matter, esp. since you are using a wider wood for the arms.  Don't forget to use the right drill bit though.
Partially threaded bolts could actually work because the base takes up 2".  The 1x2 base pieces are stacked on top of each other, not fitted in like the arms.  If you are planning to notch out the center of the bases like for the arms, then you don't really need a nut to tighten. I just stacked the base pieces top of another because I don't have any power tools to saw and did not want to notch out 2 more pieces. But either way, it sounds like you've got things under control. Can't wait to see it!
 
For anyone esle thinking of or planning to make one, please note that you need hardwood, not softwoods like pine.  Pine is easy to work with, but it is too soft for long term durability and use.  Plus, pine has too many knots which will snag your beloved yarns.   Shocked  Doh! We definitely don't want that to happen!
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« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2006 05:22:13 PM »

Thank you so much for the instructions...i would've never come up with that myself

I've been a lucky girl!  I'm home for 3 weeks and convinced my very handy dad to help me make this (sorry i don't have pix)  Not only is this super useful, but I thought I'd share that my new swift is now very special for me because I'm moving across the country (from CA to NY) and won't be home much for the next 3 years, so now I have something made by my daddy with me!   Smiley

AND a few days later....my boyfriend got me a yarn winder AND an umbrella swift for my birthday, so now I'm really set with 2 swifts!

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« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2006 10:06:18 PM »

Thank you so much for the instructions...i would've never come up with that myself

I've been a lucky girl!  I'm home for 3 weeks and convinced my very handy dad to help me make this (sorry i don't have pix)  Not only is this super useful, but I thought I'd share that my new swift is now very special for me because I'm moving across the country (from CA to NY) and won't be home much for the next 3 years, so now I have something made by my daddy with me!   Smiley

AND a few days later....my boyfriend got me a yarn winder AND an umbrella swift for my birthday, so now I'm really set with 2 swifts!



You're welcome!  The 2 swifts will surely come in handy if you are dyeing yarn or unraveling a recycled sweater!  When/if you get pix of your swift, you can post it here Thank you for sharing and good luck with the big move and NY!
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« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2006 06:19:05 AM »

Thanks to your instructions, my hubby made one for me last night.  I LOVE it!
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« Reply #24 on: July 21, 2006 08:18:50 PM »

how sweet of him to make it for you. i hope you're having fun with it!
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« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2007 10:26:28 PM »

this is so wonderful! I'm going to try to make this in the next few weekends. I buy so much wool from thrift stores (skeins and frogged sweaters), so it'll be very handy to be able to tell if the whole skein is still intact....
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« Reply #26 on: January 11, 2007 07:16:11 PM »

Embarrassed okaaaay......so I have never used a swift, and I  have asked my brother to make one for me........ I think that I may have the idea wrong, behind using it I mean.......

So the part that got me confused was the comment about pulling apart a recycled sweater (which I need to do), but I cannot visuallisze it in my head. Do I tie one end on to the swift and work away by spinning the swift? I know this may sound silly, sorry. I don't want to use it wrong.
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« Reply #27 on: January 11, 2007 07:18:07 PM »

wooohooo your my hero thats great
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« Reply #28 on: January 11, 2007 07:41:56 PM »

Do I tie one end on to the swift and work away by spinning the swift? I know this may sound silly, sorry. I don't want to use it wrong.
I imagine that would work great. The only way I have used mine (made from this tut by moi) is turning hanks of yarn to center pull balls with my ball winder (not homemade but purchased by a friend at wholesale - 40% off JoAnn's would be just as good).

Also I don't think it is possible to sound silly when asking a question on craftster.

I also don't think there is a wrong way to use a swift as long as it accomplishes what you want.
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« Reply #29 on: January 11, 2007 10:05:51 PM »

I understand how you use it......... I guess I just gotta try......
Thanks for the info, and the encouragement. Cheesy
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