Spinning Wheel

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Project by Kevin Wells posted 07-14-2013 12:59 PM 1718 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was my first attempt at a spinning wheel. A friend brought me a pile of wood that used to be a spinning wheel and asked if I could “fix” it. I’ve always wanted to build one so I took on the project as a learning experience. I had to fabricate the wheel, hub, and one back leg as the original parts were beyond repair. I then sanded everything down to bare wood and finished it with Teak Oil. I also replaced all the metal components, the drive belt, and hooking tool. My friend was quite pleased.
Now to design one and build it for my wife…

-- Kevin, Chuckin' Wood,

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#1 posted 07-14-2013 02:52 PM

Very nice Kevin. I’m thinkin’ the wheel must be pretty labor intensive.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 07-14-2013 03:07 PM

That is very cool, i have always wanted to build one from scratch. I just don’t understand enough about how they work

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#3 posted 07-14-2013 05:55 PM

Kevin, this is a real nice piece and it sure looks like a fun project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 07-14-2013 06:11 PM

Looks great Kevin,nice work

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 07-14-2013 07:32 PM

The spokes made me really wish I had a duplicator set up for my lathe. It was the first time I had duplicated that many items.
I took on this project mainly to see how it all works. Turns out to be fairly simple. I think the real secret is to use a crank shaft made by one of the companies that makes these. Ashford was the original maker of this spinning wheel. The shaft cost $15. In future designs of my own, I’ll use their crank shafts.

-- Kevin, Chuckin' Wood,

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#6 posted 07-17-2013 02:53 PM

Wow! That’s a great looking spinning wheel. Every detail is well made. Beautiful wood and finish. Great job!

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#7 posted 07-18-2013 12:49 AM

Fantastic job, Kevin! It turned out beautifully!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 12-16-2013 02:51 PM

Good project. nice work on your part. ive done a few wheels, they can be tricky. repetitive setup is key.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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