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Spinning wheel

Post #152590 by rpd » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:57 pm

Finished my latest project, a spinning wheel for my daughter, for her birthday. I think I am getting better at this, I was only a week late ;)



I had to try it out so I borrowed some roving (carded fiber) and spun a few feet of yarn.


Not bad for a first try..

The plans are available for free online. Dodec Spinning Wheel

And the designer has YouTube channel showing parts of the build and how it is used to spin.

I made a few modifications on the one I built.


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Ron Dyck
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1959 Mark 5 #356595 Greenie, SS Magna Jointer, SS planer, SS bandsaw, DC3300,

Post #152605 by algale » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:08 am

When I saw the title, I assumed this was going to be one of those faux spinning wheels that were popular with decorators a few decades ago which were purely for show. I see this is, instead, a real, functioning spinning wheel. Pretty cool!


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Post #152606 by berry » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:30 am

Nice job, Im hoping you make a loom next?


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Post #152610 by rpd » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:49 am

berry wrote:Nice job, Im hoping you make a loom next?

Probably not any time soon. My daughter has been sewing all of her own clothes for several years now but only started knitting late last year.

Last spring she took a class on spinning with a drop spindle but wasn't having much success with it. So when I spotted the plans for this wheel I thought I would surprise her with it.

It was not expensive to build, about $8.00 for the wood (2 1x4x8' pine boards) plus 3' of 1/4" hardwood dowel and hardware, maybe $20 total.

I did much of it on my 10ER, the 12 inch disk sander for sanding parts to shape and for cleaning up the end grain cuts, and horizontal boring for the holes in the wheel (first time I have used this mode :)).

My finishing technique needs work. I used a pre-stain wood conditioner (first time for this) :), wipe on stain :) and clear lacquer (lots of drips and runs) :o.

So for me it was a skill building project and quality time in the shop.


Ron Dyck
10ER #23430, 10ER #84609, two SS A-34 jigsaws for 10ER.
1959 Mark 5 #356595 Greenie, SS Magna Jointer, SS planer, SS bandsaw, DC3300,

Post #152619 by Cavediver » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:56 am

Very nice!

Not only am I going to keep these plans for use as-is (my wife is just getting into knitting; she'd love this!), I've been looking for some treadle-powered grinding wheel plans. This will be very easy to adapt!

I've always had issues grinding my hand plane blades. I almost always overheat the bevel and lose temper. I could get a slow speed grinding wheel or a water cooled setup, but a really-low speed standard grinder is just what I've been thinking about. I almost bought one of the antique hand-crank grinders from Ebay; I just couldn't figure out an easy way to hook it to a treadle.

Post #152623 by reible » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:29 am

Looking good!

It is always nice to see other peoples projects. It looks like an interesting project to do especially when it can be given as a gift to a loved one.

Keep up the good work.



Post #152625 by fightingseabee » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:36 am

my sister-in-law is a knitter and spins her own yarn. I think will make this for her

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