A small piece of scrap wood (I used 9mm thick MDF, cut to 60mm square)
150mm of 6mm dowel
A piece of modelling wire, around 50mm long
5.5mm drill bit
Strong glue (I used hot glue, but a 2 part would also work fine)
Step 1: Make the Whorl
Traditionally, spindle whorls are round, but for the sake of ease, the one on this is square. Of course, if you had easy access to a set of hole saws, that would work brilliantly.
Start by marking out the piece of wood to the correct size. I chose 60mm x 60mm for mine. Using a ruler and a square, I marked out the square to cut, cut it out on a bandsaw, and sanded the edges smooth.
Once the whorl is cut and sanded, you need to drill the centre. To make sure that my drill hole was central, I drew corner-to-corner diagonal lines, creating a cross in the centre of the piece. I then clamped the piece of wood to a table top with a piece of scrap material underneath it, and drilled through the whorl using a hand drill.
Step 2: Prepare the Shaft
Fitting the shaft into the whorl takes a little effort - the hole in the whorl is 5.5mm and the shaft is 6mm, so will be a tight fit. I found it easier to twist it into position, with around 20mm appearing above the whorl.
Step 3: The Hook
Using a thin nail I put a hole in the end of the dowel that is nearest the whorl, which I then pulled out leaving a small hole in the end. With a hot glue gun, I put a blob of glue onto the end of the dowel, covering the hole, and pushed the straight end of the wire hook through the glue and into the hole. I tidied up the glue blob a little with the end of the glue gun.
As soon as the glue is dry, your spindle is ready to use! Take a look at this instructable for some hints on how to use it!