I saw a thread spool holder on sale at the fabric store the other day for $15. There wasn't much to it and I kind of needed one so I went ahead and made my own.
I made it at TechShop.
Step 1: Things You'll Need
- 8"x12" board or plywood
- 1/2" dowel
- 1/4" dowel
- wood glue
- 1/2" drill bit
- 1/4" drill bit
- Old wire clothes hanger
Step 2: Prepare the Base
Start by sanding down the edges of your board. Round them over to prevent any cuts and just make it smoother.
On one end, use a drill press to drill a 1/2" hole. This is the hole where we'll put our dowel that holds up the thread.
On the other end, drill 9 (or your preferred number) of holes that will be used to hold the individual spools of thread.
Step 3: Cut and Attach Dowels
I cut the thread holders down to 2 1/4 " and glued them in place.
Step 4: Prepare the String Holder
My wire hanger was 5/32" in diameter so I used a 5/32" drill bit to drill a hole through the top of my 1/2" dowel.
Insert the hanger wire and wrap it around the dowel a couple of times.
On the other end of the wire, make a couple of big loops. This is what the thread will go through on its way to the machine.
Step 5: Final Assembly
With your base and thread holder both ready, just glue the two together.