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Forum topic by Harry_Ch posted 366 days ago 551 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Harry_Ch

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366 days ago

Has anyone out there uses or built a pottery wheel? Looking to build a kickwheel style pottery wheel, because the user can use it anywhere they want. From the plans I have seen, the build is straight forwards with a few twists and turns, but nothing to seriously put a kink into it. Not too crazy about making the kicking wheel out of cement, so going to build a hollow wood wheel to fill wil lead or sand.
Thanks for the input and hope to have it done before too long. After that, maybe the kiln to get rid of all the scraps and sawdust that I’ve been collecting on.

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#1 posted 329 days ago

Would the sand or lead (I am assuming lead shot and not poured lead) dampen the feel of the wheel somewhat, I thought the advantage of the concrete was the monolithic stiffness and ‘feel’ you get from the stiffness.

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#2 posted 328 days ago

Should have mentioned the wheel would be divided in four sections with individual fill holes for the lead shot or sand. Since there will be little room for slop, that should ensure a proper feel to the wheel.

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#3 posted 328 days ago

It will be interesting to see this wheel when you have it complete. Do you throw pots already or will you be learning with this wheel. I understand it takes considerable skill not over speed the wheel, control the clay while kicking and not falling over :-) I wish you success on this project and very much look forward to pictures or even a video of it in action!

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#4 posted 328 days ago

I’ve done quite a bit of throwing on a potter’s wheel. Making the kick wheel is going to be a real challenge, because you are going to have to balance that sucker or the whole shebang will wobble and vibrate. Maybe you could buy a heavy iron wheel of some sort that would give you a headstart. I cannot imagine trying to balance a homemade wheel. Perhaps a replacement kickwheel from a manufacturer?

Personally, I’d buy a used wheel and not go to the trouble.

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#5 posted 328 days ago

How about a large flywheel from an old tractor? Would a 24” wheel be too big?

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#6 posted 328 days ago

How about a large weight from a barbell set?

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