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April 27, 2012

Wooden gears for a quilting frame.

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Sawing,Techniques,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 10:48 am

A friend has ordered a 10 foot quilting frame based on a traditional design.  Here is a picture of the drawing, showing the gears and pawls as well as the construction methods used in the fabrication of this quilting frame.

The frame (and bench) are constructed of knotty alder, avoiding the knots it critical areas.  The gears are not free and layed out the gears then cut them with both a rip and crosscut saw depending on the grain.

I lined up the grain so they all matched and held together with a temporary bolt.  I then gang cut the gears at the same time.

The gear on the lower left hand side has been completed, slightly beveling the sides of the gear teeth and chamfering the edges.  I will continue on the others, then chop the square mortise in the gear to accept the 10 foot plus pole that holds the quilt.




  1. That looks like a really fun project! Do the “arms” that contact the gears just work on gravity, or are they sprung in some sort of way?

    Comment by Dan Brassaw — April 27, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

  2. Dan,

    The arms or pawls just work by gravity and the tension of the quilt cloth.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — April 27, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

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