Upright spinning wheel

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Project by archie18 posted 06-08-2016 03:42 AM 1051 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On a trip to the United Kingdom last year I saw a spinning demonstration where a lady was using a spinning wheel similar to this, so I took some pictures and built this one when I got home. The frame is cherry and the wheel is poplar. After having a local spinner test it I found the wheel had too much wobble because I did not drill the holes for the spokes correctly so I built a new wheel using 1/2 inch plywood disc with cherry rim glued and pegged to it. It was a fun project but I don’t think I will be building any more, it is a lot of work.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#1 posted 06-08-2016 04:35 AM

Nice spinning wheel, brings back memories of my family spinning, grandfather had homesteaded, back then late 1800’s it was a thing of survival. We had sheep for the wool, in later years the main thing they used the wool for was to make quilts. Looks like you are driving it with only one string and then using friction to make the spool run slower. Think allot of ours ran two strings.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 06-08-2016 12:51 PM

This is old maschine used to produce fabric strings either from wooll or cotton. You produced it very well.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 06-08-2016 02:08 PM

Classic, well done Robert!

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#4 posted 06-08-2016 09:39 PM

Nice wheel. I know what you mean about the amount of work involved, I did one myself. It’s different than yours, but they all take a lot of fiddling to get them right. Looks like you nailed it. Great job.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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