Indian Head Spinning Wheel

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Project by archie18 posted 09-26-2014 01:38 AM 5965 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When a lady contacted our woodworking club about getting someone to make some spinning wheel parts I thought she was repairing an old one. Turns out she wants something called an Indian Head Spinning Wheel. I purchased the plans online and this is the result.
This one is about 15 inches long and is made mostly of cherry. This spinning wheel is designed to be powered by an old treadle type sewing machine.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 01:59 AM

nice work

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#2 posted 09-26-2014 11:49 AM

That came out great. I’d like to see a video of it working!!

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#3 posted 09-26-2014 11:50 AM

Great job! This is probably the most unusual or unique piece I’ve seen in some time!
Keep up the good work!

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#4 posted 09-26-2014 12:10 PM

Love to see a video of it working also. Very interesting spinner…
Good work on that!

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#5 posted 09-26-2014 10:45 PM

I dont get it. What does it do?

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#6 posted 09-26-2014 11:20 PM

Really nice. Where did you get the plans at?

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#7 posted 09-28-2014 12:46 AM

Thanks for the nice comments. Videos and pictures of the spinning wheel in use can be found by searching for Indian head spinning Wheel. The yarn enters a hole in the end of the yoke, exits through the hole in the side of the yoke, goes over the hooks on the arm and then winds on the bobbin. The bobbin is turned by a belt from pulley to treadle, and friction from the bobbin will also slowly spin the yoke which winds the yarn.
The plans were provided by the customer, she purchased them online from a site in Canada so everything was metric.
The biggest challenge is getting the holes in the bobbin and yoke perfectly centered so they will spin smoothly.
For the bobbin I started with 2”x2”x12”, ripped it in half, then cut a 1/4 inch dado in the center of each half and glued the halves back together. After the glue dried I drilled out the centers with 3/8 inch bit. The bit followed the dados almost perfectly.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#8 posted 09-29-2014 05:04 PM

Nice work. Spinning wheels are fun projects. My wife is a spinner, and of course that means I get drafted to make tools for her and her friends. I haven’t built a complete spinning wheel yet, but I do plan on building a couple. So far I’ve basically done bobbins and a flyer or two. There are a lot of spinners out there who have antique spinning wheels, or wheels made by builders who aren’t around any more, and they need parts made – especially bobbins. Lots and lots of bobbins…

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#9 posted 10-01-2014 01:52 AM

Very nicely done Robert.
Can you provide a few critical measurements? I think I can make this from the pictures but, measurements would be appreciated.
Peter F.

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#10 posted 10-04-2014 09:38 PM

Measurements : Base 3 1/2×20 1/2 inches
Flyer spindle 1 3/4” (diameter) x 5”
Flyer arms 5/8” x 5/8” x 10
Flyer arm supports 3/4” x 2” x 9”
Bobbin 10 1/2 ” x 6 ”
Bobbin spindle 1 1/2 ” diameter
Metal rod 3/8” x 13”

-- Robert in middle TN

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#11 posted 10-05-2014 01:33 PM

Thank you Robert,
I will be trying one of these, a friend of mine has an old treadle base that will be perfect. I will have to get the base size and then adjust the spinning wheel to fit..
Thanks again.
Peter F.

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#12 posted 11-12-2014 12:03 AM

Hello Robert,
My name is Sarah, I live in the Nashville area and am looking for a Indian Head Spinning Wheel to be made. how much would it cost? Best, & thank you.

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#13 posted 11-13-2014 08:00 PM

Hello Robert, I’m not sure if you received my message says I cannot send messages until I have at least 5 posts on LumberJocks. Yes I would like to order please call my number 917-941-7808.


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#14 posted 04-18-2015 03:30 PM

Hi Robert, Are you willing to make another Indian Head Spinning Wheel? If so, what would the cost be? Thanks, Maria

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#15 posted 04-28-2015 01:45 PM

I would like to order spinning wheel. Please contact me if you’re interested in selling it.

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