Recently I made a new hackle (much larger than the first one) to blend wool on. I used 6 cake breaker heads on this one for 2 pitch hackle with a working length of about 10 inches.
We used a nice chunk of maple wood for the base.
We made custom clamps to hold the hackle to my desk. I was pretty excited about these clamps; they look so much nicer than bar or C-clamps. They are made from a 3/8 square U-bolt cut in half. That bolt is at this link: http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/national-hardwarereg%3B-2192bc-675-square-u-bolt-zinc
We also picked up 2 each of 3/8 washers and wing nuts for each clamp. We used 2 pieces of oak wood for the clamps’
It works wonderfully for blending. I’ve been using it to mix some alpaca/angora to spin.
This hackle cost about $38 to make. Some of the supply costs are listed below, in case you are interested in making your own hackle.
- 6 cake breakers – $30
- Square U-bolt, washers and nuts – $6
- Maple wood – Free
We had the wood and epoxy on hand, and we also had the tools, such as a router, various saws, a power sander and a drill.
Thanks for reading!
11 thoughts on “A New 10″ Hackle”
You amaze me at how you can make your own tools and tell how to in such clarity!
Good job, Rebecca. Love, Peepa
Lovely job! Are you interested in making one or more of these for profit?
If so, I am interested in descussing this. I would like one for myself and perhaps more to offer to my client/customer base. email me at email@example.com
Thanks for your interest! Lets continue discussing this through email.
how did you attach the cake breakers to the wood?
I routed a channel into the wood, and then filled it with liquid epoxy and set the cake breaker heads in.
How long and wide is your wood?
If I remember correctly it was about a foot long and four inches wide.
Hi, Can you be a darlin’ and tell me where you purchased the cake-breakers? Dont want to sacrifice my wedding gift one. Thanks, Anne
I believe I got them on Amazon… I think the link is on the blog post.