Spinning wheel #12: Spindle Shaft complete

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Blog entry by Alongiron posted 09-03-2016 10:57 AM 1536 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Making the Bobbin Part 12 of Spinning wheel series Part 13: Finishing up the parts »

After a few days out on the road working my “Real” job, I was able to get back in the shop and complete the spindle shaft. It is made up from taking a 3/8” brass tube and slowly file an orifice in it. This is where the wool will exit the tube and get spun onto the bobbin once it has been taken up by the flyer. The washer that I soldered to it will hold it tightly against the leather bearings in the maiden risers. You can see the placement of where the hooks will sit on the flyer assembly.

I than had to reduce this down to 1/4” so in goes a small piece of 5/16” tubing and than the 1/4” tubing. Solder these together. This will allow the bobbin to spin freely using its 5/16” hole.

I inserted a 3/16” rod all the way through the 1/4” tubing and soldered it. I than cut the threads for the T-Nut that will; when I get it turned; will hold the spindle whorl.

The spindle whorl and the large front wheel will be connected with a stretched string to make the spinning wheel actually spin the wool into yarn.

Stay tuned as I should have it working on my next blog. Today I will turn the Whorl, route the center groove in the large wheel and mount the entire bobbin assembly! Fingers crossed!

Thanks for taking a look!


-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#1 posted 09-03-2016 11:08 AM

I will not be making one but I really enjoy reading how you are doing it. Great build and great blog.

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#2 posted 09-03-2016 12:12 PM

Nice work, Steve. That is coming along very nicely. ci can’t wait to wee the yarn coming off of it.

Do you use silver solder for the brass?


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-03-2016 12:24 PM


Thanks and Thanks for the question. I have found that silver solderworks when it is clean and has flux applied to it. I found out that when applied to a really hot piece of unclean brass, it will just form a blob and will not penetrate where it’s needed. I should have taken Soldering 101 in school I guess but I have it figured out thanks to YouTube!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#4 posted 09-03-2016 04:36 PM

Steve, you are something else!!!! I am completely humbled when I see your work. I’m in the process of working on a finger joint box like your current Avitar…....Woodsmith design and I know it will never look as good as all your work looks.

I just lost my 1950’s original DeWalt cast iron green radial arm saw. Going to see if I can find someone to tear into it and get it running. Any ideas?

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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