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ISSUE ARCHIVES

JAN / FEB 2001
Volume 44 /  Issue 1

IN THIS ISSUE
Project Articles
Grandfather Clock, Part 3
The Porch Swing
The Kite String Winder

DEPARTMENTS
Ask Smitty
Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners

Products on Parade
The Shopsmith Lathe Duplicator
 
Academy Notes
Vertical Drill Press Set-Ups
 
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National Woodworking Academy in Dayton, OH
 
Service Pointers
Drill Press/Boring
Machine Tips

 
Safety Tips
Drilling & Boring Tips

SURF’S UP
Three New Accessories for Your MARK V
Specials & Online Catalog
Links Worth Visiting
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MARK V Demo Near You

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Money
Making
Project

Go Fly A Kite!!
Here’s a great little kite string winder . . . sure to generate some high-flying profits at those upcoming Spring shows and craft fairs

Look!  Up in the sky!
 
On any blustery Spring afternoon and you’re likely to find it polka-dotted with kites of all sizes, shapes and colors.  And down here on the ground, you’re just as likely to find a bunch of folks (young and old alike) struggling to control the strings of those kites (usually unsuccessfully) using everything from a tomato can to a fishing pole.
 
This simple kite string winder will solve the problems either of these primitive approaches present . . . and put some extra cash in your pocket, too.  
 
Lets get started . . .

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View Patterns
 
Overall Assembly &
 List of Materials

STEP 1:
 
Start by turning a series of large, 3-1/2-inch diameter dowels for the spool centers on your lathe.  You’ll want each finished dowel to be 3-1/2-inches long, so we suggest that you turn six or seven dowels at once from a 27-inch” or 28-inch long blank, then cut them apart.

STEP 2:
 
Next, lay each spool center on your drill press and bore a 1-inch diameter hole through their centers for the axles.

STEP 3:
 
Make two 6-1/2-inch diameter x 1/4-inch thick spool sides for each winder.  Drill a 1-inch diameter hole in the center of each and attach to the sides of your spool center with glue and some small brads.

Continue . . .