Wimshurst #5 - the big one!

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Project by Mork posted 01-31-2017 04:03 AM 2098 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my latest Wimshurst Machine. This one is much larger than past machines. My first machine had 15-inch disks and two others had 12-inch but this machine has 17-inch disks! All my other machines averaged about a 4-inch spark. This one produces a 7-inch spark (which is a bit scary)!

Here’s a video:

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#1 posted 01-31-2017 07:12 AM

Kool! Looks like you are playing with lightning ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-31-2017 11:11 AM

Fantastic… are quite a craftsman to be able to do such nice work with so many different materials. GREAT job !

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 01-31-2017 01:11 PM

A 7” spark! OMG that’s amazing! Nice work on this great looking Wimshurst !

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 01-31-2017 04:20 PM

Very interesting, will have to look into this more.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 01-31-2017 11:05 PM

Nice build. The workmanship is very good, and the project looks to be fun.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 01-31-2017 11:17 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments. These things definitely require some skill in working with several materials. Although I didn’t have a metal lathe for the first few machines it is a definite plus. These things are a little frustrating to build sometimes because there isn’t a lot of information out there. The results can be unpredictable if you are not careful during construction.

If anyone is interested in building one of these things by all means, let me know. I have learned a few things… no sense repeating the same mistakes I did.

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#7 posted 02-18-2017 06:09 PM

Awesome! I think this is how my brain works… LOL

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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