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Turkish Spindle

A while back I wanted to try handspinning. Of course, being me, I didn't just go buy a spindle or a wheel. And a regular DIY spindle made from a CD wouldn't do. No, I had to design and 3D print a turksih spindle!

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When Angel found me a bag of fiber I started looking into spindles. I liked the idea of a Turkish Spindle, but found there weren't any good patterns available online for 3D printing them... so I whipped this up in OpenSCAD. I've been spinning for several weeks now and it works great!

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The spindle prints as two pieces that slide together, with a hole in the center for a pencil or chopstick (the size and shape of the hole can be tweaked in the SCAD file; pencil is the default). I recommend using a pencil or other non-round shaft; the round chopstick tends to slip after a while.

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Once it's printed, put it together and start spinning! (I learned from YouTube videos like this one - it's pretty straightforward once you get the hang of it.)

Downloads:

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Note from January 2021: I've spun several skeins on these in the past few years and they continue to work well!