Embroidery frame build (Final project pic)
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LOML does counted cross stitch and some embroidery. Her 70 year old hands/wrists are getting tired of holding the hoops. She was exploring the manufactured stands(lots of different types) and I saw a couple ---she was looking at some in the $20-$30 range. Cheap, cheap, cheap!!!!!!!!

I researched some more and saw some in the $70++ range---better but not really what I think she could use easily or long term. Plus, she wants to do quilt embroidery utilizing 20" + hoops---which would not work with the models I saw(I stopped looking at $120 models). I am designing a stand that will hold 6" to 28" size hoops.

Maple with several adjustable joints(height, angle of the arm(s) and angle of the hoop jaws). If y'all want to see the build, I'll try to remember to document it. Should be fairly simple.




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  Re: Embroidery frame build (Final project pic) by K. L McReynolds (LOML does counted cr...)
(04-29-2019, 12:56 AM)K. L McReynolds Wrote: LOML does counted cross stitch and some embroidery. Her 70 year old hands/wrists are getting tired of holding the hoops. She was exploring the manufactured stands(lots of different types) and I saw a couple ---she was looking at some in the $20-$30 range. Cheap, cheap, cheap!!!!!!!!

I researched some more and saw some in the $70++ range---better but not really what I think she could use easily or long term. Plus, she wants to do quilt embroidery utilizing 20" + hoops---which would not work with the models I saw(I stopped looking at $120 models). I am designing a stand that will hold 6" to 28" size hoops.

Maple with several adjustable joints(height, angle of the arm(s) and angle of the hoop jaws). If y'all want to see the build, I'll try to remember to document it. Should be fairly simple.

Yep, definitely interested in what you come up with. My 85 year old mother and sister do counted cross stitch also and I think they might like one of these also.
Grant

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  Re: Embroidery frame build (Final project pic) by K. L McReynolds (LOML does counted cr...)
You can probably remove the lamp head on an articulated desk lamp and mount the hoop to that.

https://www.amazon.com/Globe-Electric-56...way&sr=8-3




By the way I bought my mother a Luxo magnifiying lamp years ago (she loved it and used to use it every day).  I have it now and I use it occasionally.  It is vastly superior to the copies (but vastly more expensive).  The optics on the lens are excellent.  Mine is flourescent; the new ones are LED.

https://www.amazon.com/Luxo-18115LG-Illu...=8-1-fkmr0
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  Re: Embroidery frame build (Final project pic) by K. L McReynolds (LOML does counted cr...)
For LOML, the holding assembly has to be more stable than that light are. I will include clamping screws on all joints.

LOML has an Ott light, with a magnifier lens and a clip(for diagrams) on adjustable arms. Hers is a floor model.


   




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  Re: Embroidery frame build (Final project pic) by K. L McReynolds (LOML does counted cr...)
My photography studio had Manfrotto boom arms.  Very rigid, but wall mounted and maybe too big (available in short or long).
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/2...tml?sts=pi

The Micro friction arm offers more adjustability and is smaller:  https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1...n_arm.html

Download the Manfrotto catalog.  They will almost certainly have something that will work.  Precision stuff that lasts a long time, but never very cheap (but competitively priced).

https://www.manfrotto.us/customer-servic...ad-catalog

Adorama and B & H Photo carry their products at discount.

The boom arm swings on the wall mounted axis, rises and falls by changing the angle to the wall, and the inner rod telescopes and rotates.  You would have to add a ball joint or camera mount to articulate the end of the rod.  Those items would be shown in the catalog.

This video will show how the boom arm (and the short boom arm) work.  You won't have to listen, just watch.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc_hZvmMmNM
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  Re: Embroidery frame build (Final project pic) by K. L McReynolds (LOML does counted cr...)
    This is an example of what I will build. Just more beefy. Projected material cost is less than $60.




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  Re: Embroidery frame build (Final project pic) by K. L McReynolds (LOML does counted cr...)
Here are most of the hard maple pieces cut, edges rounded over ready for holes for bolts/thumbscrew handles. The base is plywood, because it is a prototype(will be painted). I know the stand will work, not sure about the base.
   


This is a closeup of the end, the small piece is where the upper hoop clamp will be attached(two of the short pieces). The other two pieces will be the lower clamp for the bottom of the hoop.
   

Am currently waiting on hardware and trying to decide how to make sure the thumbscrew joints do not move once the screws are tightened. May just glue pieces of sandpaper on the inside of the joint pieces(wood against sandpaper, held tight by the thumbscrews). Am also considering ribbed lockwashers epoxied in place(two washers lock together with the ribs).




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  Re: Embroidery frame build (Final project pic) by K. L McReynolds (LOML does counted cr...)
I would use the ribbed washers. Sandpaper will wear off if the wood turns against the sand side.
There's another name for those ribbed washers.....name hasn't come to me yet.......

Nord-lock washers
Steve





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  Re: Embroidery frame build (Final project pic) by K. L McReynolds (LOML does counted cr...)
I would not use thumb screws, but rather threaded knobs.  You can generate a lot of clamping pressure  using the knobs and carriage bolts.  And it is much easier to tighten than a thumb screw.

I've used these.  They are reasonably priced and about 1-3/4" in diameter.  I used them for a music stand and it locks very tight.  No special washers or anything. Ten pieces for $14.00.  So pretty cheap and handy for other projects (I used them for assembly fixtures).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GOR...UTF8&psc=1




If you need more clamping pressure the levers are much more expensive but you only need one for the big arm.  I would only buy this if the knobs don't workout.   $13.00 each delivered (the shipping is more than the product).  It offers a lot more leverage for a tighter clamping force.



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FWTKJ9G/ref...efec45caec

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FWTKJ9G/ref...efec45caec
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  Re: Embroidery frame build (Final project pic) by K. L McReynolds (LOML does counted cr...)
Yeah, the lobed knobs are on order, will pick them up tomorrow. Finding those ribbed washers is proving to be elusive, at least in the sizes I need. 

I figured the sandpaper idea would not last long term, but replacing it would not be that difficult. I hope.

Got the parts mocked up:
There will be locking lobed knobs at the clamps, with a smaller knob on the top(hoop clamp)
   

Base is painted plywood with the stand screwed to it(if it works, I will build a maple base.
   




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