Thursday, May 1, 2008

My Handmade Swift

Thanks to some help from Cliff, based on these instructions, I made my own yarn swift. Swifts have gotten very expensive and when I saw the instructions I knew it was something I could do myself and for little money. For the base, I used some scrap oak wood flooring my mom had in her garage. The remainder of the supplies cost less than $10. I already had all of the necessary tools in my garage, with the exception of a wood chisel. The only thing I wish I had in my garage that would've made this project much easier is a bench vice. I managed without it, but if I ever do a project like this again, I will be buying one.

The only problem I had was that the directions state to cut a 1" notch in the center of each piece for the arms. What I forgot at the time is that dimensional lumber is not a true 1" and therefore, my notches were too big and my arms did not fit together snugly. Cliff came up with this modification, using a scrap of paneling I had removed from my family room.

In all, I found this to be an easy project for someone who is comfortable with basic power tools (i.e. a drill) The chop saw made cutting the legs much easier, but could've been done just as easily with a hand saw.


  1. That looks great!!! Now I am wanting to do one more than ever.

  2. It looks terrific and will be such a help to you. Hats off to your diy attitude.

  3. How very crafty!I just came by to say Hi from the RAK ravelry group.

  4. readingknitter01May 2, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    I'm not into spinning yet, but I looked at and enjoyed your works in progress. pretty blog, too!

    Sarah-readingknitter01 on Ravelry

  5. Oh... that looks great! I wonder if my dad would be willing to help me make one of these! I really like it! I never would have thought to use extra flooring materials! My parents have 2 or three boxes of unused flooring I could probably pillage! I am glad I came to visit your blog after seeing it in the Ravelry RAK group!

  6. My brother made a similar swift for me and I LOVE IT!! Yours came out good and you are going to get so much use out of it.