Wednesday, July 8, 2009
D.I.Y. Spindles for you or your class
I made a dozen spindles for a class and thought I'd share a little info about them. I used 12 inch oak dowels and 2-3/4 inch wooden toy wheels. I didn't bother to finish them, but used rubber stamps to decorate the tops. I used the smallest cup hooks I could find.
After I put them together (they didn't need glue because the fit was already VERY tight) I tied on some leaders and spun on each one, tweaking the hooks until the spinning was straight and fairly true. These aren't Goldings, but they are VERY good for teaching!
I like the extra long shaft because it facilitates spinning in the lap (park and draft).
My source for materials was American Woodcrafters Supply.