Friday, June 23, 2017

Line Mar Match Box Construction 056 - Yarn Winder

I found a Line Mar Match Box Construction Set from the 1930s, complete and with instructions. The box claimed the set made 100 different toys. I decided to test that claim -- one toy at a time. You can read all the posts for the Line Mar construction project at 100 Toys.

056. Yarn Winder

The past few builds seem to be inspired by industrial machinery. A hand-turned yarn winder might be a little archaic, but it's definitely part of that trend. 

The build itself had some problems. The winding posts would have been easier to assemble with smaller fingers, but it wasn't impossible. 

As it turned out, the illustrator was a little optimistic about the crankshaft. Since all four of the long dowels are used for the yarn winders, I only had short ones left for the crank. That meant the crankshaft dowel could only pass through one hole on the post -- it wasn't long enough to fit through the other side, which would have stabilized it.

Even so, I thought the photo came out pretty well, resembling the illustration in most aspects.


  1. Thanks! As I progress through this series, the builds become more difficult. The designs increase in complexity, for one. Plus, although I handle these pieces as delicately as possible, they're starting to wear out. The fiberboard collars aren't gripping the dowels as tightly as they did when I started, which makes these constructions even more fragile. But then, this was never meant to be anything more than an inexpensive and disposable toy -- one that's now about 80 years old!