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Re: So, what are my chances?

4/4/2006 11:45 AM
Re: So, what are my chances?
Another drill winder here -- just use my $30 variable speed reversible drill I got at Sears about 15 years ago. Haven't felt a need for a machine yet, but will get one at some point so I can get accurate turn counts.  
I just lay the drill on its side on a board on my work table. The board is to raise the drill a bit more above the surface of the table to allow the bobbin clearance to spin. The drill is flat on the sides so it's very stable.  
I built a little bobbin mount for humbuckers, just a strip of metal with a hole in the center for a screw to mount in the chuck, and two holes (one near each end) for the bobbin mount screws to mount the bobbin to the metal strip. Single coils are a lot easier -- luckily I happened to have a screw that's just the right width to fit snugly in the center mount holes of a Strat/Tele bobbin flatwork. I thread it through the center holes and then clamp the screw in the chuck.  
My thumb and forefinger are my guide. You would think the friction of the wire running between thumb and finger would get hot really fast but it doesn't get hot at all. I haven't even gotten callouses.  
I have used the Stew Mac spools and they work fine if you do as the little instruction pamphlet says and set them horizontal at least 4 feet away. I use a boom mike stand, turn the boom horizontal and run the boom through center of the spool. This worked for the Stew Mac spools and for the big 5-pound spools I use now.  
One thing to be VERY aware of is anything on the bobbin that might snag the wire. The eyelets on Strat bobbins is one obvious one, but humbucker bobbins often have burrs that need to be filed or sanded down. You need to look the bobbin over very carefully before mounting it on you begin winding.  
One last trick -- I put a piece of clean white paper under the bobbin with a bright light on it so I can see the bobbin and wire clearly during winding to make sure the bobbin isn't wobbling and the wire is going on the bobbin right.