Full Chisel Blog

June 21, 2009

Spinning Wheel part 3

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Restoration,Spinning Wheel,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 3:44 pm

Or is it part 4?  Using white birch, I turned the pitman, the connection between the foot treadle and the crank on the wheel.


After I flattened off the top by slabbing some off both sides with a rip saw, I drill a half inch hole to accept the knob on the end of the wheel crank and a 1/4 inch hole at the other end where the shaft of the offset crank axle.  I connect the two holes using a pad saw with a couple of inches of blade exposed.


I then used a file and scrapers to smooth out the inside slot.  I ground up and sharpened the Stradivarius Scrapers I made and used a thin one to work the inside until it fit over the axle.  I will post on these scrapers later.


I worried the small hole for the leather strap at the bottom with a brad awl.  This will be the loose connection between foot treadle and pitman to prevent binding during the spinning process.  All that is left is to stain it up to match.

wheel nut2

The pitch of the threads required me to hand carve them as they didn’t match.  I as usual made them too big and had to whittle the threads down to fit.

I have made the large flyer bearing and still need to make or have made two large washers to fit under each wheel nut to help secure and stabilize the shaft of the wheel.




  1. Nice work on the threads! I love working with birch.

    Comment by Ron — June 21, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

  2. Ron,

    Thanks, the threads were more of a challange than I first thought.


    Thank you and welcome. I have written more and shall continue.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — June 24, 2009 @ 7:19 am

  3. I put the first coat of stain on the repair parts, the pitman and the wheel nut. It is a mixture of linseed oil/turpentine and burnt umber pigment. It will require several coats and I will probably add some black iron oxide to darken in the details. I will finish with shellac.

    Repair stained

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — June 24, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

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