I thought I'd share the wheel I use for everything I make. It's all I've ever thrown on.
The base is an 18" square of 3/8" in mild steel, with a 1" centre post. The wheel itself is mounted on a 3" piece of stainless steel tubing with mounting flanges on the top and bottom, containing a two bearings. The wheel head has a series of headless hex screws under it for fine tuning its level and height. I had it made by a local machinist because my welding skills--well, it wouldn't have lasted this long if I had welded it. I just cut some marine plywood for the head and foot. No weight.
Apologies for the dirty workshop. The pots are on the floor for firing tomorrow. Tomorrow's also mopping day.
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