Wind Spinner On Steroids

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Project by farmerdude posted 03-27-2014 09:32 PM 2642 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this using the idea from a post some time ago by Aaron Chapman. Like a lot of projects, I couldn’t help but ramp it up a little. The spinner itself is 4 feet tall. The strips are white cedar, 1/4” thick, 8” long. They are on a 1/4” threaded rod. Doing a quick count I came up with 218 strips. It weighs almost 10 pounds with hardware. Due to the weight, it would not spin very well, so I made up a mount using an old bearing. The bearing is trapped between two large washers. The whole mount is just something I thought up as I went along. There are extra holes in the washers, and the block of Birch, that are only there because of a change of plan or two. After I finally got it right it spins very easily. The whole thing got three coats of spray on Spar Eurathane, followed with four or five coats of spray on clear gloss Laquer. Where it will hang is about waist deep snow right now, so it will hang in the corner till spring. Thanks to Mr. Chapman for the great idea. It scored me some brownie points with the wife. All comments welcome, thanks for looking.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#1 posted 03-27-2014 10:20 PM

I would love to see it in action

-- Dreaming patterns

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 01:18 PM

Nice, but do you have an “I-Beam” to hang it from?

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 02:14 PM

Very cool

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#4 posted 03-28-2014 02:23 PM

Thats pretty cool Jeff. That thing looks heavy enough to auger through the snow…lol Nice build buddy

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 03-28-2014 03:17 PM

Awesome work farmerdude. I like it. I made a couple of dozen small 1 foot ones as gifts around 10 years ago and some are still spinning in the wind. That one you did rocks. Hope you got a nice big tree to hang it from. Cheers.

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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#6 posted 03-28-2014 05:58 PM

You realy gave yourself ocupation.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 03-28-2014 09:24 PM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#8 posted 03-29-2014 04:47 AM

Very Nice and Well done! Thanks for Posting.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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