How can I make a pottery wheel?

Does anyone know how to make a pottery wheel that will center about 50lbs? I would need to be able to control the speed and it would need to be powerful enough to move 50lbs while I work on it. Thanks for any ideas you might have

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Gomi Romi4 years ago
A pump bucket, I'll try hacking one soon and put up the instructable.
jdelmar15 years ago
take an old buckett with a wheel,sowing machine pedal,lots of bolts and nuts,sowing machine moder.try differint things, test, and find some type of lid thing for the wheel.
wait for it............

the instructable should be ariving any second now... you can easily motorize it, r use it manually-- and its cheap...

(and I made it myself)

mweston8 years ago
I remember a conversation I had with someone about turning a sewing machine into a pottery wheel. What you would have to do is get a sewing machine and remove the motor and the motor controller (pedal). because the motor will spin too fast you would need to out a small belt wheel on the motor and a big wheel on the surface you use to shape the clay. The belt is a good safty feature because it will spin on the wheel if you put too much force on the clay. With this you can control the speed and it will act much like a regular pottery wheel. You could even get a wooden platter used as serving dishes (seen them a Ikea) as the wheel part. The frame can be made of 2x4s and there you have it. Its a little complicated, so it might not be the right thing, but that's just my two cents.
mabye use a tough drill motor and use pulse width modulation?
caitlinsdad8 years ago
https://www.instructables.com/id/Band_Saw_to_Pottery_Wheel/ or just search make pottery wheel and see what plans are out there. Good luck.