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post #1 of 7 Old 02-15-2013, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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Question I'm a non-woodworker looking for some advice

Hi all,

I'm a knitter, a spinner, and I'm pretty handy with tools. I do not, however, own any woodworking tools larger than a hand-held circular saw.

My problem is this: an acquaintance gave me an unfinished spinning wheel. The part that's missing is the foot pedal. I've been told it's a "Castle" type wheel. Here's a picture of it: http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/membe...de-view-wheel/

My father in law looked at it and thought maybe I could reinforce a dowel with a metal shaft to be the axle for the pedal, as it were. I don't know how practical that may be.

If any of you would like to look into the matter and throw in your two cents, here's a link to pictures of the unfinished wheel: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanourr...7632772554976/

and here are links to a few finished wheels that have a similar design:
I found these by searching Google for "Castle Wheel Image."

Your thoughts, suggestions, or recommendations are welcome. :)

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What an elegant machine. From your links, there appear to be several different treadle designs.
First, you've got to try to look at the real thing to see how the treadle is constructed.
Second, build a treadle out of junk just to get it going. Something you can hack at and fine-tune.
Then you get some quality wood for the real thing.

In a past life, I bought and washed fleece, carded and spun. This style of wheel with the big fly wheel defeated me. Could never get it flyig like others did.
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Thanks for your advice, Robson Valley, and your warm welcome, Cabinetman.
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I found a free pdf plan for a castle type wheel online, probably the same that was used to build it. I think I'll get it working with a dowel, some axle pins, and a recycled piece of wood. Thanks for your help!
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I think that all is there for the most part, all you need is a flat piece of wood for yer foot and a piece of heavy guage wire to hook up to the piece that is hanging down from the crank.

There may be some holes in the legs intended to hold a dowel between the legs, but I dunno if that is necessary. The wheel was likely complete, but the foot board got lost in action. I see the holes now in the pix, and they look like they are intended to hold a metal rod rather than a dowel, You could put it to working order with just a piece of wood if you didn't want the fuss, but you might want to put a piece of felt at the heel of the board to avoid damaging yer floor...

Yer also missing the drive belts, but these can be fabicated out of leather lacing , If you dampen them slightly, they can stretch and you can get the dimnsion, cut bevels and stitch them together with waxed heavy duty thread (preferrably linen) and when they dry they will shrink and fit tightly. Get em too wet, they will shrink too much. and possibly be too tight.

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