Hi! The cutting board is one of the standard plastic ones that I
cut in half with a saw. You need to drill holes the size of your
favourite knitting needles. Try to drill in a line or a small clump
not too close to the edge so the wire can run relatively straight.
The steel plates probably have some specific function and name, but
couldn't tell you what. I went to the hardware store and asked for a
small steel plate with a hole on each end and he knew exactly what I
wanted. It is about 2.5 by .One piece of leather goes on each steel
plates and are sandwiched together make sure you don't cover the
holes. The wire is protected by the leather as it goes through the
plates. Drill two holes in one end of the cutting board and connect
the plates loosely to the top of the board with butterfly bolts. I
think I used #8 bolts. You want the wire to be guided, but not so
tight it won't go through easily.
Clamp the other end of the board to the edge of your bench and feed
a piece of wire through the plates. Insert your needle and clamp the
wire to the needle with a small pair of vice grips. Then hold the
wire in one hand while twirling the vice grips with the other. The
only issue is occasionally you need to provide a small uplift on part
of the turn to keep the wire from overlapping itself, but normally it
wraps just fine.
If you can raid someone's toolbox for the clamp and vice grip, this
is really cheap!!! I was able to get everything at Canadian Tire.
The smaller the vice grip, the better.
As for cutting, I am still doing that with my saw against the peg on
my bench. I know for about $150 you can get a cutter that attaches to
Hope this is clear, if not, feel free to e-mail.
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