I immediately read everything there and got to work on getting my parts. My cost turned out a bit more than $7 (try $26.42) but still so much more affordable than the usual $300 and up wheels. Then the hard part began... The directions were somewhat vague at times but it was more of a guide as everyone learned together.
|All my cut pieces|
|Rough layout of the wheel|
|Close up of the stain, yes, I forgot gloves|
|All my purple pieces|
Bright and early today I set to finishing this wheel if it killed me! I started by putting my pieces together to make the wheel and then I measured out the size I would need for the wheel cross bars and cut those out so I could poly them right away and give them some drying time. I finished up the base by making the holes for the twine, then made the hole in the spine for the wheel placement. I put my cross bars onto the wheel, drilled the hole for the bolt to attach to the spine as well as a hole for the shaker peg. After putting some nuts, bolts and washers in the correct places I had the wheel assembled except for the drive band.
At this point I found some fine tuning my wheel needed. In order to have all the parts move smoothly the holes I drilled for the dowel to go through needed to be opened up a bit more so the dowel wouldn't get caught up and the two small blocks that were the base of the spindle needed to be nailed together so the twine wouldn't get caught between the two and create a gap. To stabilize the base I used three nails on the back to hold it together more securely. I was having a lot of problems with the peg, I may have drilled a hole just a bit too large. I first tried to correct that with glue which wasn't drying fast enough, so I tried to nail through the other side. That created all kinds of other problems and I ended up creating a new hole on the other side. It was definitely more secure but I ended up super gluing it in just to be sure. I took a small piece of leftover dowel and filled in the hole from my first peg placement attempt.
|The completed wheel!|