Introduction: Drop Spindle Constrution
Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on a spinning wheel and fell into a deep sleep. The kingdom could have avoided this problem had they just used drop spindles. Wool and other animal fibers can be spun into yarn using this tool. Recently people have started to spin newsprint, wrapping paper, and magazines with drop spindles.
This Instructable will allow you to make 3 spindles for under $4, not including tax with items from the local hardware store and trash from failed CD/DVD burning processes.
Step 1: Materials
Items for purchase:
1 - 1 yard dowel, 3/8 inch size
1 package vinyl grommet, 3/8 inch interior size
1 package cup hooks, 1/2 inch size
Items that are probably around your house somewhere:
2 - blank, scratched, or improperly burned CDs or DVDs
1 sheet fine grit sandpaper
1 dowel cutting tool
Step 2: Cutting the Dowel
The center of the spindle is the dowel. Cut off a 12 inch piece for your spindle. Score the dowel at 12 inches, and then cut on a proper cutting surface.
Step 3: Finishing Dowel
Use the fine grit sandpaper to smooth both ends of the 12 inch dowel. Lightly sand the long ends to remove any splinters. Many people roll a spindle against the side of a thigh. A lightly sanded dowel will create a more enjoyable spinning process.
Step 4: Installing the Hook
Screw one of the cup hooks into one end of the dowel. Screw the hook all the way into the dowel and secure.
Step 5: CD/DVD Disk Sandwich
Put the two disks on top of each other so that the center holes are aligned. Finesse the grommet inside of the holes. It will be a tight fit. Make sure that the two disks are inside the vinyl groves of the grommet.
Step 6: The Easy Part
Insert the hook end of the dowel into the disk sandwich. The disks can be moved to between 2 to 4 inches away from the hook depending on how you like to spin. If you are just starting out, I'd suggest about 3 inches away from the hook. The technical name for having the disks at the top is a top-whorl spindle.
For instructions on how to spin, I have enjoyed this video from TheArtofMegan.