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The Kite String Winder
Here's a great, easy-to-build winder that will hold thousands of feet of kite string for easy flying and reel-in
Look up in the sky on a windy Spring or Summer afternoon and you could find it polka-dotted
with colorful kites. And down on the ground, you'll see plenty of kids (and adults) struggling with clumsy kite string winders…or, worse yet…loose strings.
Our example contains a 3-1/2" diameter center cylinder that will reel in about 11" per revolution. "High-Flyers" preferring to reel-in more string with each revolution can compute this distance by multiplying the diameter of the cylinder by 3.1416. For example, a 12" diameter cylinder will reel-in over 37" per revolution!
The simple design of this winder makes it easy for you to build a larger model by modifying some of its dimensions.
· Start by turning a long cylinder on your lathe to 3-1/2" diameter….then cut off 3-1/2" long sections to make several cylinders. Turn these sections into spools by gluing a hub on each end.
Suggested retail price: $20 to $25 (more for larger sizes)Continue to Assembly...