You will need
A small hardwood door wedge - mine was 150mm long and 24mm wide (6" x 1")
A hand saw (optional)
A coping saw
A drill with 8mm (5/16") and 12mm (1/2") wood bits
Coarse and fine sandpaper
Wax or varnish (optional)
Pencil, ruler, rubber
Scissors and a scrap of paper
Step 1: Marking the Cut
Step 2: Making the Prongs
Step 3: Shaping the Prong Tips and Drilling the Hole
Mark a point on the centre line of the wedge that is about 25mm (1") below the U. Support the wedge with its midline horizontal again and drill an 8mm hole right through it.
Step 4: Finishing the Lucet
Finally, you may want to wax or varnish the lucet.
Step 5: Cording With Your Lucet
- Refer to photo 1. For a lucet of the size of this one (distance between prongs about 15mm (5/8")) choose a smooth, medium thickness thread or yarn for your first attempt, or even string. Hold the lucet in your left hand with a flat side towards you. (Reverse all these instructions if you are left handed.) Take the yarn end from the ball or reel and thread it through the hole from back to front, leaving a short length hanging down at the front that you can hold as you hold the handle.
- Photo 2. Take the ball end of the yarn and bring it towards you, between the prongs, and then round the outside of the right hand prong to the back, and back between the prongs and round the outside of the left hand prong. Complete the figure of eight by bringing it through the prongs again and in front of the right hand one.
- Photo 3. Keeping hold of the ball end of the yarn in your right hand to apply a little tension, use a finger (or a toothpick or bodkin if you prefer) to slip the outside of the loop that is around the right hand prong over the yarn that leads to the ball. The loop needs to be reasonably loose to enable you to do this, but it should loosen easily enough because the free end of the yarn is just dangling through the lucet hole. You will now have a new loop on the right hand prong.
- Photo 4. Keeping the ball end of the yarn held to the right, and holding it in such a way that yarn can feed under gentle tension, rotate the lucet through half a turn clockwise (when viewed from above). What was the right prong is now the left one and yarn will be across the (new) right prong as before. (You will always be working on whichever prong is on the right at the time.) Give a gentle pull on this yarn to centre the beginning of the cord between the lucet's prongs (you'll find that pulling carefully will shorten the loops on both prongs, not just the right hand one), but resist the urge to try and tighten things up by pulling harder.
- Photo 5. Now slip the lower loop on the right prong over the yarn above it, as in 3 above. Don’t pull the yarn, just leave a loose loop. Rotate another half turn clockwise. Before making the next loop, pull gently to the right on the front of the loop on the right prong. This will tighten up the knot that has formed in the centre and give a bigger loop that can be slipped over the yarn to make the next loop. It also creates a firm, even cord. Finally, pull the ball end of the yarn, as in 4 above, to centre the cord. If it doesn’t slip easily and tighten both loops it is probably because you pulled too hard on the front of the right hand loop and made the knot too tight, so just slacken it off a little.
- Photo 6. Continue in this way: create a new loop on the right prong, rotate, pull the front of the right loop, pull on the ball end of the yarn, make a new right loop, repeat.