Lace Winder & Other Novelties
My wife took up
Bobbin Lace as a hobby. To build anything requires many
pairs of bobbins with about 2 yards of thread wound on each
one. A small project requires 30 bobbins. A complex project
takes over 100. The thread has to be wound by turning the bobbin
so as to not introduce twists into the thread. I designed this
small portable bobbin winder to meet those needs. It measures
3.75” long by 3.25” high by 2” wide. The bobbin slips under the rubber
band drive belt, then hooks into the saddle as shown. A few turns
of the crank winds the thread. A keeper pin holds the rubber band
in place when no bobbin is installed. I have sold 51 of these on
eBay at prices up to $62. I made the jigs below to speed up mass
This display cabinet was made for a family member to display some
glassware. The back is two mirror tile. The front is a
piece of Plexiglas. The sides are grooved to hold these
pieces. I routed a decorative edge around the top and bottom.
Vacuum Tube Lamp
This lamp is made using some 1940's vintage vacuum tubes. They
were salvaged from a war surplus Navy transmitter. I saved the
socket bases as well. They are mounted to a pine board.
There is a chrome tube going from the base to the top of each
tube. I mounted a neon "candle" light to the top of each
tube. The wiring is routed in channels in the bottom of the
base. It makes a fun conversation piece.
I have several rechargeable batteries for my
cordless drills. The charger that came with them doesn't have any
charge cutoff circuitry. Consequently, it overcharges the battery
if accidentally left on. I built this 4 bank trickle charger to
solve that problem. A small LED above each battery indicates that
it is charging.