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Forum topic by TDominy posted 10-30-2020 01:18 PM 273 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-30-2020 01:18 PM

I made my first Whirligig and am happy with it. But it could be better. I am looking for any tips from others that have made one. Did you use bearing, and if you did where do you get them from. If you made a crank shaft how did you do that? Any other tips would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-30-2020 08:39 PM

I made those many years ago. As I recall I used a nylon bearing; no rust or corrosion and inexpensive. You can buy them in the big box stores in their specialty parts drawers section or you can get polyethylene tubing in the plumbing section and cut the length you need. I found bare heavy copper wire (8 gauge) easy to shape for the crank shafts…also no rust or corrosion problem.

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#2 posted 10-30-2020 09:47 PM

I bought a couple of books 30-40 years ago and never made ONE whrley.
I do remember that one of the notes was to use small brass tubing cut to
the size you need for a bearing pressed into the wood.
but the poly tubing sounds way more better !!! (and cheaper).
you can buy the electrical copper grounding wire at the Box Stores by the foot.


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#3 posted 10-31-2020 03:49 AM

Looks like these guys have part and pieces if you are so inclined

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