This is my new spinning wheel! It’s called the Dodec and the plans are free here. They weren’t the easiest things to understand and Eric and I got a little snippy with each other a couple times but it ended up working out well. The wheel is nicknamed the $7 spinning wheel but it cost us $30 for all the parts. It probably could have cost less but I didn’t know what my dad did and didn’t have in his garage and I didn’t want to find out I didn’t have a part half way through.
The hardest part was cutting the 1x4 down the middle at a 20 degree angle. You could probably use a table saw if you can tilt the blade but the blade we had was huge and it would have eaten at least an eighth of an inch so we used a miter saw with a brand new blade (thank you dad) instead. If you don’t have either of those, I have absolutely no idea how you’d cut that angle. If you still want to make one, do an image search on google for the Dodec spinning wheel because there’s tons of variations that people came up with. I didn’t think to do that before we made it and I wish I would have. Some of the designs are brilliant.
We also added more washers to the space between the wheel and the back because the wheel kept hitting against it on the bottom every time I pressed the treadle down.
After we got it all finished, I realized it was really hard to keep it turning because the bolt used as the axle just sits in a hole drilled through the back board and not only was the friction insane, it also started digging into the soft wood pretty quickly. (I wanted to use cedar instead of pine but they didn’t have a long enough board at the Home Depot we went to and I couldn’t justify the price of the oak, as pretty as it was.) I figured it would spin a lot smoother if it had a metal sleeve around the bolt so I cut up a pop can and made a tube to put in the hole and it made a huge difference. Huge. Eventually I plan on replacing the flimsy aluminum with a piece of copper pipe but I’ll probably have to drill a bigger hole before I can do that.
I still have to add a finish to the wood (I’m going to use Watco Danish Oil in natural) and I think I’m going to find nicer strings. I haven’t spun anything on it yet though. I’ve just been looking at it, enjoying its beauty.
Someday, I shall have a spinning wheel. This would be super helpful if I had a way to work with wood. ):
Skull yarn bowls before they are glazed.