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Topic: tensioned, handmade lazy kate - the quick, $15 version  (Read 5726 times)
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« on: September 09, 2009 07:30:39 PM »

only mine's different!  Wink

Anyway, I got a new wheel, and the husband was so horrified at the price, that I was horrified in reflection (oh, hey, and I'm unemployed, so, uh...) so, vowing never to spend money again, but in desperate need of a tensioned lazy kate (I parted with my old one because my new majacraft bobbins are too big for the ashford kate I once owned...)

I decided to try my hand at making one.

And it works.  And it's not horrible!  Which is what happens with most of my woodworking projects.  And it has room for four bobbins, because I have done the occasional 4 ply yarn.

In the front, the knob (really, part of a dowel rod sanded to resemble a knob, and to fit into a hole too small for it) controls the tension (fishing line run over bobbin 1 and under bobbin 2 and over bobbin 3 and under the last bobbin) and the spring in the back causes the tension. (This is the same format as my Ashford one, I'm not saying the knob is the way to go...)  I played with positioning of bobbins a bit, which is why each one has at least two holes drilled for it.

the rods holding the bobbins are cut from wire hangers.

I drew out a plan based on the size of my bobbins (they're 4" across, 4.5" long). The box is 18" long (16" for four bobbins, 1" for luck, 1" for the 1/2" boards on back and front), 4.75" between the sides.   I guessed at the placement, but a friend came by and pointed out that they all could be at the same level, but I think if you did that, you'd want to space them out more (4.25" per bobbin or whatever).

And here it is with my pretty new wheel!   Grin
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2009 08:18:08 PM »

yum!  showing to my husband, who hopefully can get this one right!  Love that you made it tensioned and that it was only 15$!!

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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2009 05:26:45 PM »

Oh but a majacraft isn't just any old wheel, it's the best of the best!
And there's so much control.
Even if your husband doesn't understand, I do  Wink

And it works.  And it's not horrible! 

lol it's a good feeling.
And it looks great

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2009 08:02:19 PM »

Even if your husband doesn't understand, I do  Wink

Thanks!  Wink  I know, right?  Sigh.  My point of view is that if I got this wheel I'd never need to buy another one, because this one could do (or I could get parts to exchange in that will do) anything I needed.  Rather than buy something half the price that would be good enough for now, after a while get frustrated with it and then a few years later buy this sort of wheel...

I had the frustrating wheel already, and I am no longer willing to settle.   Roll Eyes

His point of view is that he's never bought any one thing that costs that much.... apart from computers.

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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2009 04:24:55 AM »

I bought a Majacraft Rose just over 12 months ago and have NEVER regretted it (except I do regret not getting enough time with her!).  My husband is into computers and had just bought himself a "new" old one from eBay and I could justify the money as never having to buy another wheel again either (except I already had two . . . Cheesy)

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