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Old 08-04-2008, 01:23 AM   #1
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MacGyvered Little Great Wheel!!
I was curious as to what and how a spinning wheel would work so I searched online for some instructions n found this, www.pjsadventures.com/DragonsKeep/personal/PVCWheel.html
Here's what I came up with. Had to McGyver a couple things (OMG how hard could it be to find a stupid pully wheel without those dang bearings in it?) It does work but I had to adapt how I drafted for it to work in somewhat of a consistent fashion.
I think the next one I'll use a dowel that's sharpened at the end to make a longer spindle and I'm trying to figure out how to make a treadle for it.
ETA: Oh yeah, it's ratio is a halfway decent 10:1
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Old 08-04-2008, 01:35 AM   #2
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you made this? wow, great work!

i'm not sure great wheels can use a treadle.. i think the point of them is to spin it by hand? i could be totally wrong of course.. i've only seen videos of regular sized ones on youtube and none of them had treadles.. but i suppose it could be done! heh
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Foxyie is correct - another name for the great wheel is "walking wheel", as the spinner had to stand and take a few steps back to spin and forward to wind the yarn onto the spindle.
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:24 AM   #4
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There are Great Wheels with treadles.

All 'walking wheels' are great wheels, but not all great wheels are walking wheels!

I'll have to find a picture for you, but they did/do exist!

They're called pendulum wheels!

http://www.spwhsl.com/iss_46/detail46.htm
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ah! you learn something new everyday.
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That is awesome that you MADE that! WOW!
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:25 AM   #7
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Well to update ya'll n stuff.
I tore that one down........... (sighs all around)
BUT, I AM building myself a spinning wheel WITH a Mother of All
yep yep yep, I'm building myself a ghetto bobbin lead bicycle wheel spinning contraption. I'll show ya pics as soon as I finish it. WITH yarn on the bobbin..... WOOHOOOO!!!

I know, I know, I just could not leave well enough alone.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:09 PM   #8
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K, more on the update,
I finally figured out a manageable way to attach the footman (good grief, that was a PITA!!!) And it actually works O M G !!! No it isn't perfectly balanced, nope it's definitely NOT quiet but hey, it's an addiction n what cha gonna do but git yerself a fix uh huh!! Maybe one of these days when I win the lotto (if I ever play that is) I'll get myself a proper wheel.
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Awesome! You are a clever one!!!!!!
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That's some awesome MacGyver-ness
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