While I have restored probably well over 100 spinning wheels, this is my first double table spinning wheel restoration. Of Scandinavian origins this wheel is a close match to this one featured on a Catalogue from a local Daughter’s of the Utah Pioneer Museum.
Sometime during its history the original pitman was replaced with a homemade folk art replacement. I do think because the pitman was rigid that it caused damage to the two uprights holding the wheel; the sockets in the lower table were both broken. These were easy to repair as all of the parts and pieces were there, so using Fish Glue I filled the joints, clamped them and washed off the excess glue with a wet cloth.
There was an interesting piece of wood in one of the maidens, apparently to keep the flyer in place. I had to remove this when the proper sized spindle, flyer, whorl, and bobbin were added.
The treadle also needed some repair as the end where the pitman is attached had a piece missing. I shaped a new piece and glued it into place.
I also had to make new leather bearings for the maidens; first a paper pattern to fit the mortise and the leather bearing. This is for a new spindle, flyer, whorl and bobbin that replaced the missing set.
I replaced the pitman with one influenced by the one on the original in the local museum.
The drive band is hemp cord that I washed, stretched, and allowed to dry. I then treated it with Drive Belt Dressing.
Here are two views of the finished restoration. This one belongs to a friend of mine who purchased it for $35.00 at a local swap meet and now that it is restored he intends to put it up for sale.