How to make a cone thread stand

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How to make a cone thread stand
Cone thread stands are convenient for many sewing project. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Cone thread stands are used in sewing projects to hold cone thread spools. They consist of a dowel that holds the cone, and another dowel that holds an eye-hook above the cone to feed the thread through. The thread is then grabbed by a sewing machine and wrapped around a smaller spool that is used in the machine. Cone thread stands are simple in design and easy to build for even the amateur wood worker. A stand like this can be built in minutes spent at a workbench.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Oak board, 1-by-5-by-5-inches
  • Oak dowel, 1/4-by-6-inches
  • Oak dowel, 1/2-by-15-inches
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 1/4-inch
  • Drill bit, 1/2-inch
  • Wood glue
  • Eye hook, 1/8-inch

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  1. 1

    Drill a 1/2-inch-deep 1/4-inch hole in the centre of the board. The centre of the board should be 2 ½ inches away from each edge. Glue the 1/4-inch dowel in the hole. This will hold your cone thread spool.

  2. 2

    Drill a 1/2-inch-deep 1/2-inch hole that is 1 inch away from two edges that meet at a corner. This hole will be close to one of the corners. It does not matter which corner it is close to. Glue the 1/2-inch wide, 15-inch long dowel in this hole.

  3. 3

    Screw the eye-hook into the 15-inch dowel so it is 1/4-inch away from the top of the dowel, opposite the end glued in the board. The eye-hook is at a right angle to the dowel, the hole in the dowel is parallel with both dowels and hovers over the board.

  4. 4

    Set your cone thread spool on the 1/4-inch dowel and feed the thread through the eye-hook.

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