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The Elegant Reformer

Cost to build   $300-500  (springs extra)

Many construction  options - including ‘no welding’.

So simple to build! So strong! Easy to dismantle!



Compare to studio reformers costing thousands

I built my first reformer in 2001. I designed and had welded 2 metal end-pieces and steel wheel assemblies, and I built the rest. Strong, but the carriage was a little heavy.  Still working after 12 years with no major issues at all.

I learned a lot from this first machine, and when I decided to build more machines for my Thailand studio, I used this experience to design a simple, elegant and easy-to-build reformer.


A demo of the Elegant Reformer minutes after I reassembled it upon its arrival from Thailand…

FROM THE ACTUAL PLANS

Reformer Plans now available!!!


‘Beta’ plans only $40.


Skill level - medium wood working. Precise cutting, or get it professionally milled.


You need a drill press to get all the holes correct and straight…


Remember, it is made from hardwood, so it takes more work and skill…


Welding  is needed for only one of the carriage options. The other carriage is wood only (and very strong).


Release price will be $100

These plans have come along very nicely.


They are still ‘beta’, but the basic pieces are clear and measurements correct.


The small components should be easy to understand with the good photos. The plans are only 2/3 done, but all the info is there.


It’s a great reformer!  


The key to making this reformer is getting 2 long hardwood runners.


As long as they are very straight, and 100 kiln-dry, the reformer will be strong and durable.


I have used standard 2x4 (1.5 x 3.5 inch) hardwood in 5 machines over 12 years, and none have warped or broken.


Get two straight dry pieces of good wood and you will have a great machine!


(If you really need extra strength, use actual size 2 inch x 4 inch hardwood - 50% more wood than standard 2x4).