|Project by farmerdude||posted 11-04-2015 09:21 PM||1786 views||8 times favorited||39 comments|
Last spring my cousin said she wanted to spin her own yarn, and would I make her a spinning wheel? Sure, I’ll give it a shot. My father found a pattern in Workbench magazine, March-April 1983 issue. I did not keep track of the time I have in this project, I worked on it in spurts over the summer and fall. It is made from Poplar, and Elm. Most of this was turned on my lathe. It’s the first time I’ve turned spindles. I found it to be quite a job to get all the spokes and other pieces turned to match. I didn’t have any thick wood on hand so most of the parts were glued up. I made the wheel, then fine tuned it on the lathe by gluing it to a piece of plywood using a glue/paper joint. To finish the last side of the wheel i made the plywood smaller and used a press fit to keep it on the lathe.
If you get all the spokes the same length, and you drill all the holes the same depth, the wheel won’t wobble like it is out of round.
I found a few things in the pattern that did not work for me so I changed things slightly. I had, or made, all the hardware and various other parts so I didn’t have to buy anything. The washers and some parts of the treadle are made of leather.
Looking back I thought I had taken more pictures, but I guess not. Here are a couple more.!https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/nxb6a6h.jpg!
This last picture is ( I forget the name) what I call the yarn fetching tool.
All in all it was a fun project even with the occasional frustration. All comments and questions welcome. Good or bad, tell me what you think. Thanks for looking.
-- Jeff in central Me.