Drop Spindle Constrution




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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.

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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.

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    10 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I understand how to make the thing you described, but what does it do? What is its purpose? With "spinning" do you mean making wool for clothes? Perhaps you can make another instructable with some examples of that? I'm sorry if I'm not smart about this...

    3 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    goto youtube and search drop spindle or how to make one you'll better understand once you watch, sorry I don't drop a link I'm too sleepy to search myself good luck if you try it.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I've just finished an instructable on spinning yarn with a spindle; you can check it out here: https://www.instructables.com/id/spinning-yarn/


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    The spindle is used to to twist wool, cotton, or even newspaper into yarn. In the first picture, it shows the spinning of newspaper.

    There's a video on the last page that shows how to spin wool using the spindle. Here's the drop spindle youtube link. That is not my tutorial. I may do a picture one instructable, but it really takes a video to see how it is done.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    very simple spindle easy to make. good job.