Spinning wheel #6: Glue up anxiety!!

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Blog entry by Alongiron posted 08-15-2016 12:04 AM 384 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So..the big wheel fits really good but I still need to think this glue up out a bit.

The joint are all fitting tightly…..

The outside spindles fit nicely….

I have 2 number 10 biscuits ready for each joint….

The inside spindles at the hub are fitting perfect…. Thank you Jim!!...

I have devised a plan that I will glue the interior of the spindles to the hub and go around clockwise with each of the 4 wheel sections and put my band clamp on it and crank it up!! I also need to lay the wheel on a piece of 1/4 plywood because the hub is thicker than the wheel itself. I think I have it all figured out…famous last words!!! If you talk to the woodworking Gods, put in a good word for me tomorrow!!

Stay tuned…...


-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#1 posted 08-15-2016 03:24 AM


I can only begin to imagine the complexity of this glue-up. I don’t know a lot about spinning wheels, but it appears to me that one of the spindles is reversed. Or was it purposeful?

I wish you success!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#2 posted 08-15-2016 10:14 AM

You are right on the money L/W!!
Thank you for pointing it out.
I will make sure to change it around!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#3 posted 08-15-2016 12:28 PM

Steve, I don’t know how good it is, but have you considered a completely dry fit up and band clamp and then drop in each connection that thin compound they sell for tightening up loose chair parts? I haven’t tried it but it seems to me if it will hold an old fitting it should work with a new tight fitting.

The only problem I see is perhaps the biscuit joints, you may have to apply an extended time glue in them since there will be no room to drop in the other stuff.

Just an idea.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 08-15-2016 01:00 PM

That is looking real good, Steve. Wow, you got 2 biscuits in the each of each of those outer pieces.

I had times when there were so many parts to glue that I could not do them all at once like I would have liked. So, for instance on that wheel, if the spokes have to be glued in the hub and the outer wheel, I would glue all the spokes in the hub only and then put all the pieces in place around the outside and clamp it that way and let the center glue dry. That way I know all the spokes are in the right attitude and did not move one way or another after I glued them in….- kind of like using an assembly jig. After the glue is dry, I glue all the outside pieces because I know they will lineup with the center just fine. I might have the biscuits glued solid into one side before starting the assemble of the outer ring. That way there is less gluing at the critical time.

Another thought, do you need to glue the spindles in at all once that outer ring is all glued in place??

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 08-15-2016 10:58 PM

Steve, you are really crankin’ on this project. Your progress must be very satisfying for you and I know it will turn out well.

-- Art

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