Scrap Wood Wind Spinner

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Project by ScottM posted 05-07-2018 01:05 PM 1334 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A quick weekend project made from a bunch of scraps. I came across a YouTube video during the week, I think, from Steve Ramsey. He made a wind spinner and painted it all up and I thought that would be a good scrap project. I then searched for a few others to see what the variations that people used on them were. The biggest one was hanging the thing.

So I found my scraps, sapele, jatoba, cypress, pine, and cherry, and cut them all to 1/2” x 1/2”. I tried to have a more even color flow from dark to light but I was limited by what I had on hand. I then cut two pieces at increments starting at 2 1/2” and increasing by 1/2” until I got to 7 1/2”. I didn’t want it too big for the location.

The pieces are placed on a 1/4” – 20 threaded rod and I put a stainless steel cap nut on the bottom secured with lock-tite. For the top there were all sorts of complicated and bulky hardware options but I had trouble finding parts at the hardware store so I went the easy route. I simply put another cap nut on the top and drilled a hole through it. I then went with the standard fishing tackle swivel looped over an eye screw. Spins easily and very compact.

The woods are spiraled by 1/2” with a dab of glue near the rod. I sealed it with a couple of coats of shellac and then some spray lacquer. It’s not in direct weather, just hanging under the patio. Of course, my wife now wants several more for gifts…

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#1 posted 05-07-2018 02:27 PM

Looks great Scott! It’s always nice when you can turn those cut-offs into something useful.

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

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#2 posted 05-07-2018 02:31 PM

Thanks Scott. That’s a great looking spinner. You’ve given me another great idea to use up some my scrape wood.

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#3 posted 05-07-2018 07:21 PM

I really like these things. It looks like a very nice one. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 05-07-2018 09:35 PM

I love scrap wood projects! Great use of those smaller pieces.

-- Dream it, Do it - Tiffany

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#5 posted 05-08-2018 12:57 AM

Your project is the best idea for small scraps I’ve come across in a while, great job and great gift idea!!!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#6 posted 05-08-2018 01:08 AM

I now have a project or two for my never ending scrap buckets. Thanks and a great job.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 05-08-2018 12:10 PM

Your project is the best idea for small scraps I ve come across in a while, great job and great gift idea!!!

- KimAccurso

Thanks. I think I’m now on the hook for a mothers day gift…

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#8 posted 05-08-2018 04:10 PM

This kind of project always looks so beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 05-09-2018 11:44 PM

Scott , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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