Kick Wheel Plans
Posted 13 March 2013 - 07:46 PM
Any help is greatly appreciated!
Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:06 PM
these plans are fairly comprehensive, and are at least a very good place to start.
using bricks to add weight to the flywheel seems not to be the best way of doing it, as once they're glued down, they aren't coming off.
what may work better is cutting a few holes on the bottom of the flywheel and sealing the two boards together by their outer edge with some space in between, and filling the space in between with some sand, covering the holes in the bottom afterwards.
that way, the weight of the wheel is adjustable, and can be removed if the wheel ever needed to be moved. also, the weight is pushed to the outside of the flywheel as it spins, which increases the rotational inertia which means the wheel will spin longer.
Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:21 AM
Weigh the gravel so your wheel is evenly balanced. It was a good wheel, quiet, and soothing.
That wheel traveled with me from Boston, Upstate NY, to Carbondale, Ill Philadelphia, and to Montana. It was easy to take apart and put back together.
Montana State University-Billings
Charter Member and Past President of Potters Council
Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:55 AM
Check locally for a used kickwheel, you can sometimes find them for about $100-300 and you don't have to tweak and modify to get a perfectly level flywheel.
One thing to consider if you want something a little more heavy duty and spins a lot longer and easier ... use a car tire bearing. ... the wheel is easier on the feet (rubber) and it is easier to get centered. especially if you can salvage out the pieces for next to nothing. ... and if you need a heavier flywheel ... you can fill the rubber tire with concrete.
Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:05 PM
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