Full Chisel Blog

December 14, 2009

Spinning Wheel – finished

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Restoration,Spinning Wheel,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 2:48 pm

Spent a couple of hours this morning cleaning the mandrel and bobbin, making a small leather washer for the flyer and added leather hinges to the treadle and attached the pitman.  I had to make a couple of chestnut pegs to hold the wheel in the uprights and a length of hemp cord around the wheel twice, once around the bobbin and once around the flyer pulley with a proper knot and it spins just fine.

I then spent a couple of hours and made up some copal oil varnish, it will need to age properly and I will post about it on the morrow.



  1. Well, the wheel was picked up and the lady loved it. She owed me two hundred dollars as the balance on the repair, she bought a copy of the Universal Receipt Book and gave me a check for three hundred dollars. Nice to have happy and generous customers. Put me right in the holiday mood.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — December 18, 2009 @ 8:57 am

  2. Hi Stephen,

    I just picked up a spinning wheel at an antique shop this past week. It looks just like this one that you repaired. I was told it is from the 1890’s, but that is about it. It is missing the treadle and pitman, so I am going to have to replace them, but everything else looks to be in great condition. Is this something that someone can replace on their own or should I find someone local to fix it?


    Comment by Shannon — April 13, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  3. Shannon,
    You should be able to make both pieces, just copy the details from the wheel into the replacement parts. Good Luck.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — April 13, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

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