Wooden Wind Spinners

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I was out of town last week, working. Don’t ya just hate it when work gets in the way of spending time in your shop….

Anyway, my project(s) for this week. Some wooden spinners. The spinners were cut out of some scrap cedar fence boards I had in my garage. I started with cut pieces that were 9” long and 1/4” thick. I simply left the pieces the width of the cedar fence board. I did not plain or sand as I wanted the rough look. The hardware is 1/8” threaded metal rod, 1/8” nuts, 1/8” coupling nuts and 1/8” eye bolts. I wanted to hide as much of the hardware as I could so I also added some end caps to cover the hardware. The end caps are cedar drilled with a forstner bit so the cap would slide over the nuts or coupler nuts. The end caps were simply slid over the hardware and glued to each end of the spinner. The stain, various shades of brown I played with until it looked nice.

-- Chris, Sparks Nevada,

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#1 posted 04-10-2014 05:35 PM

Those look very cool, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 04-10-2014 08:59 PM

they look really good. Will make some myself soon.

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#3 posted 04-10-2014 09:05 PM

These look nice, but how do they spin? Years ago, I was supplying these to a garden center and ended up making and selling over 700 of them. I got so burned out on them, I never made another. I used high quality ball bearing fishing swivels, and they would work for a while, then get a little grit or dust in them and would stop spinning freely.

-- jbschutz

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#4 posted 04-11-2014 02:41 AM

I like your ingenuity great job

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#5 posted 04-11-2014 06:33 AM

I like the idea of these and also wondered it the turn freely. Mind sharing where you got the design and pattern info.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 04-11-2014 07:12 AM

Beautiful decoration,beautiful contrast.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 04-11-2014 02:55 PM

For those that asked, the swivels I ended up using were Sparo heavy duty fishing swivels from my local Scheels. You can get them at most outdoor stores or on line. To answer the question, do they spin, yes easily with those swivels. To attach the eye bolts to the small swivel holes I decide to use key rings. I grabbed several sets at my local Home Depot as I was passing through. The key rings worked great. Small enough to fit the swivel holes but large enough to open and fit over the eye bolts.

-- Chris, Sparks Nevada,

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#8 posted 04-11-2014 03:04 PM

Design: I cut all the pieces to the same size then bolted them together on the metal rod, lying the spinner flat on my work bench. I came up with a design by deciding what might look good, then drew the design on some thin stock, making a template. I cut the template out on my bandsaw. Once the templates were done I traced the design on the cedar using the template and cut the design out on the bandsaw. Making the templates took a bit longer but I can now cut additional spinners very easily.

-- Chris, Sparks Nevada,

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#9 posted 04-13-2014 10:50 AM

They are really cool, Chris! Thanks for the “how-to”, also!


-- Paul,

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