(Originally posted Dec 19, 2014)
Frustrated with spools of thread bouncing all over the place or having to keep the spools in bowls that inevitably tip over, I decided to make myself a cheap Lazy Kate. At first, I looked at the scrap lumber I had sitting around and wondered if I could find a drill bit, and where I would find the nails, and setting up the table saw to cut things….and then decided to make it a bit simpler.
Here’s what I did…
Found a box in the garage from our most recent shipment of medical supplies. We get a few of these every month, so there’s no shortage here, in a variety of sizes and shapes. I picked a smallish one.
I found a 1/2″ dowel in the wood shop, just the right size to fit through the center of the spools of carpet warp.
Poked a hole about 2 inches down from the top edge of the box large enough to fit the dowel in.
Threaded the dowel through and eyeballed it so it was relatively straight and level, and pressed down on the cardboard on the opposite side of the box.
Used the scissors to make the hole on the other side, and threaded the dowel through.
Mounted the spools onto the rod, which greatly increased the speed at which I could warp my loom!