I had these spools, I've had them for a long time. And for an equal amount of time I've been thinking what to do with those.
I think the old wooden spools are beautiful. I'd like to have them somewhere where I can see them. I went through my craft stash again, like I often do, and I remembered having also wire hangers. And then it hit me to make an abacus. I measured the longest straight edge from the wire hangers, it was just enough to fit ten spools with some leeway. I had seven of those wire hangers so I desided to go with those and not acquire more. I counted the spools, I had 63 spools. So not 70, but that's ok, lets assume some spools have broken off from the abacus over time.
I also needed to make a frame for the abacus. For those I needed to go to the local lumber yard and buy small amount of lath (please let me know if the wood is called something else). I like the local lumber yard, the boys there are really helpful in their odd rude dude like way. I always need such a tiny amount of anything but still they cut the wood and help me like any other customer who buy truck loads of wood.
I had been meaning to loan a mitre box from A's dad, but when we last visited A's parents I forgot to ask about it. Which was dull because I needed it for my abacus project. Then A bought me a present, a mitre box! One day he came from work and had one with him. The best gift ever!
After I had cut the pieces, I drilled small holes on the sides for the wires. Then I assembled the frame with glue and staples. I didn't have anything to press the edges together so that is why I stapled them from the back side. I used a straight angle to measure that the frame is not crooked before I stapled.
I made the abacus for my craft area which is not yet done. That is why cannot yet place the abacus to the place where it belongs, so I took pictures just in front of the unfinished wall in the office.
I think it turned out great, it's my new favourite thing in the office. I'm not planning to treat the wood in anyway, I want it to be as unfinished as most of the spools.
I'm trying a new thing here and I'm linking this to
Ps. You might have saw this post on Wednesday, since I accidentally posted a unfinished version then