[KwartzLab] Making a spoked, wooden wheel
digitalfalcon at rogers.com
Tue Nov 15 11:41:06 EST 2011
Why does it need spokes in the first place? You could just as easily cut a wheel shape from simple plywood. Here's what I'd suggest:
Cut out three pieces of plywood. The "inner" layer will be of a slightly smaller diameter than the outer layers. This is where the string will run through.
Drill a hole through the exact center of each layer, and the offset hole for the pedal.
Using the center hole and offset hole for alignment, glue the layers together with a good wood glue, and use something nice and heavy to press the layers together.
Sand the edges of the plywood to round them over. Apply putty to fill holes so that the string won't get caught.
That'll get you a very basic and rather heavy flywheel. If balanced properly, it'll spin for ages. If you want to get fancy, you can cut out "spokes" - but don't just settle for basic radial spokes! You can cut out patterns if you like - simple circles, lightning bolts, text, bar codes, whatever. You could even cut different patterns into the layers and have them overlap in cool ways. As long as the wheel remains balanced you're good to go.
Hope that helps!
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>Subject: [KwartzLab] Making a spoked, wooden wheel
>I'm making a spinning wheel.
>I'm a complete novice at woodworking, but I'm working from a very utilitarian model (i.e., non-decorative), and most of the pieces are straightforward to cut.
>The bit that I am puzzling over is the fly wheel itself. Its 19" inches across, and needs a 1/4" rounded groove along the outer edge, which the drive band fits into. 
>Have we any knowledgeable woodworkers who would be available sometime in the next couple months, to help me make such a wheel (assuming this is not an unreasonable project for a novice -- I honestly don't know how advanced this is)?
>Have we any knowledgeable woodworkers who would be willing to make me such a wheel, in exchange for appropriate compensation?
>Can anybody recommend a carpenter I might contact to commission such? I can look up names in the yellow pages just fine, but if there's a recommendation to be had, so much the better ^^
>1. If it helps to visualize what I'm talking about, this diagram shows the parts of a spinning wheel. Imagine Part A (the fly wheel), but with plain spokes: http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/wheel-parts.shtml
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