Ron's Wooly Board Instructions


5 - 1" birch dowels, 36 inches long

2 - 1/4" birch dowels, 36 inches long

1 - piece of scrap lumber, about 36 inches long

wood glue


yardstick or tape measure


electric drill with a one quarter inch bit

How it was made

There are 4 one inch dowels, left the full length they were when purchased (36 inches).

Two of these are the uprights, and they are drilled near the bottom for multiple locations of a one quarter inch dowel that is used for stabilizing. They're drilled in about 10 spots near the top (one inch apart) to accept the one quarter inch dowels at the tips of the lower arm pieces.

The top and bottom of each upright is drilled out and a two inch piece of one quarter inch dowel is glued in (for pegging to the upper arm pieces and to the foot support).

The upper arm pieces are drilled (one piece), and fitted with a quarter inch dowel (the other piece) so they fit together in a straight line. Both pieces are drilled (quarter inch) to accept the upper end tabs of the uprights. These holes are spaced an inch apart and there are about ten on each upper arm piece. This allows for adjustments for the width of the sweater being blocked ("boarded").

The lower arm pieces were made from a one inch dowel cut in half, then pegged as above to fit into the appropriate holes in the uprights pieces.

The bottom (foot piece) of this whole affair is a 2 inch board about a yard long. It's drilled to match the holes in the upper arm pieces, so that the uprights fit into it at the same spacing as at the shoulders.

All of the pieces were sanded, and the ends of the upper and lower arm pieces were rounded - that way nothing snags on the sweater you're blocking. I didn't treat the wood with anything, and it's lasted for years.

There are, in all, 8 pieces (2 upper arm pieces, 2 lower arm pieces, 2 uprights, 1 stabilizer, and 1 foot piece). All the pieces are separate, so it all comes apart and I just wrap a couple of stout rubber bands around it to keep the pieces together when not in use. I assemble it as I put the washed sweater on it.

This board needs to lean against a wall or piece of furniture once it has a sweater on it - 'feet' can be made by putting them on the base piece like this:


Here are Pammy's pictures of the board she made from these instructions. Unless you know what you are trying to make, it will be difficult to understand the instructions.

Pammy& Friend making wooly board #1
Pammy& Friend making wooly board #2
Pammy& Friend making wooly board #3
Pammy& Friend making wooly board #4
Pammy& Friend making wooly board #5
Pammy's finished wooly board
Pammy's finished wooly board (in pieces)

Patrice's finished wooly board with its makers