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Leveling a potter's wheel

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Richarde    2

Hello,

 

I recently purchased a Pacifica 800 wheel and am using it in my sunroom which has a slightly sloped wooden floor as it used to be an open porch area. My wheel did not come with ways to level it, and I cannot find a kit to purchase that would help me with that. I have stacked papers under the legs, but after using it for a bit, it's no longer level. My husband suggests placing plywood under the legs and using shims, but I'm not keen on that idea. A potter friend suggested putting something in tin cans and placing the legs in the cans to level the wheel. That seems awkward, but I'm considering it.

 

Thanks for any suggestions.

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I am for your husband's idea. (but I have never leveled a wheel before) Is the floor in your sunroom "concrete" or something else? The reason I ask is because there are many self leveling concrete mixtures you can use on your floor. Simply mix it up and pour it and it does all the work.

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Lucille Oka    16

After I posted my comment I saw this in my email maybe this could be helpful. Not being sure of the Pacifica wheel's feet, this is only a maybe. I have never purchased from this company I don't know anything about the product or products they sell. But this is a coincidence.

 

http://www.reidsupply.com/products/leveling-devices-vibration-control/

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Marcia Selsor    1,301

The levelers that Lucille refers to are usually on wheel legs. Not sure about Pacifica. I have bullseye levels to check the level of my wheel head. Between those leg levelers

and simple wood shims it shouldn't take more than a few minutes to get it level.

 

Marcia

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Laguna makes an extension kit for the Pacifica wheels. You can adjust them to level out the wheel if they're compatible with your model and can bring the wheel a bit closer to you, which your back will thank you for. You might call Laguna to make sure the kit fits your model if you're considering it: http://www.sheffield...tery-p/llea.htm

 

The leveling pads linked above need a metal threading to feed into in order to work properly. You might be able to find a metal cap made for the tubing size of your leg to have drilled and tapped to accept the pads, which would be a lasting fix. you can always use nuts, washers and wood to adapt the legs to the pads but with the wobbling of the wheel, it would wear out over time.

 

Using plywood and shims would work as well, just make sure you fasten the shims in place and that you're happy with the wheel's location in your sun room.

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Richarde    2

Thank you, everyone. I've told my husband the consensus is he is right, so we'll get to work on it this weekend. I would prefer a proper potter's shed to my sunroom, but this is how it must be for now.

 

Richarde

 

 

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RoyOdom    0

Hello,

 

I recently purchased a Pacifica 800 wheel and am using it in my sunroom which has a slightly sloped wooden floor as it used to be an open porch area. My wheel did not come with ways to level it, and I cannot find a kit to purchase that would help me with that. I have stacked papers under the legs, but after using it for a bit, it's no longer level. My husband suggests placing plywood under the legs and using shims, but I'm not keen on that idea. A potter friend suggested putting something in tin cans and placing the legs in the cans to level the wheel. That seems awkward, but I'm considering it.

 

Thanks for any suggestions.

 

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RoyOdom    0

I've used cans with sand inside them and a small tile on top of the sand to achieve the level I need. You simply use a bullseye level and add more sand where needed to bring it to level. Good luck.

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