I quickly grew tired of winding skeins of yarn on the backs of chairs and over my knees. I considered getting a yarn swift, but I balked at the price tag ($65 and up). Determined to utilize my crafty hands, I embarked on making my own yarn swift out of stuff from my garage.
My first yarn swift cost me $7 to make, and because I dye yarn, I soon found the need for a second swift, which cost me $17 because I had used up extra wood in my garage for my first swift. Depending on how much material you have in your garage, this project will probably cost anywhere from $0 to $20 USD, plus a little elbow grease.
This is a tabletop swift that is easy to make, using basic garage tools. No fancy power tools! It is also easy to assemble for quick storage and portability.
This is a Sew Useful contest entry, so if you want one or don't think you can make one, I have one for sale on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6465064
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- rasp (optional)
- cordless drill
- drill bits
- nail set
- sandpaper to smooth out rough edges (I used 80, 100 and 220 grit)
- several 1-1/2 inch nails
- wood glue (regular craft glue will also work)
- tape measure
- 1/2" spade bit
- miter box (optional; it helps you saw straight)
- One 6' long 1x1poplar ("A")
- One 6' long 2x1poplar ("B") (you could get smaller pre-cut pieces too, as shown in photo)
- One 4-5" long 3/8" hex bolt.
- One to Two 3/8" diameter dowel rod(s)
- One 3/8" washer
- One bad CD (like the free promos you get in the mail) or a small scrap piece of wood
- One 3/8" wing nut (a regular 3/8" nut will do as well)