Step 2: Step 2 Preparing the Motor

     The treadmill motor had a pulley/flywheel in place. The pulley had several grooves in it to accept a serpentine type belt. Serpentine belts are more expensive and harder to come by than a traditional v-belt. I also did not want the flywheel portion of the pulley either, I wanted the pottery wheel to stop when the power is turned off, the flywheel would have allowed the wheel to continue spinning after powering down. The pulley was threaded onto the motor shaft with a left handed thread. I was able to hold the motor shaft with a pair of vise-grip pliers and spin the pulley off by hand, turning the pulley  clockwise ( righty is not tighty in this situation). I used and electric angle grinder to cut the threaded portion of the motor shaft, ( a hacksaw could have been used instead).  The remaining motor shaft was just over 5/8" in diameter. I purchased a 1 1/2" diameter v-belt pulley from my local tractor supply store for $9. It came with a 5/8" hole in it. I had to bore out the hole slightly larger to slide onto motor shaft properly. A set screw included with the pulley secured it to the shaft.


<p>Takes me back to the days when I used to take my shirt off and sit behind women at these wheels while humming 'Unchained Melody'. At least until I was ordered to stop by the courts.</p>
<p>Great idea! Wish I had thought of it. Some years ago I sought to find a suitable motor for a potters wheel and failed. It never occurs to me to use a treadmill motor. In the end I bought a &quot;wheel&quot; ready made which cost much more.</p>
<p>Excellent job! Well thought out &amp; executed.</p>
<p>What a wonderful idea and lucky girl to have such a caring and clever Dad!</p><p>Maybe you'll have a few pottery parties coming up?:)</p>
<p>Ah yes missing toofy, been there done that twice and now waiting for third time, Great-Grandson a couple of years from now. Nicely done project, it should last well into her adulthood. The FWD hub is a winning idea, have to keep that in the deeper grey cells.</p>
This is awesome. I was wondering, do you think in order to solve the foot pedal problem you could use an old sewing machine motor?
<p>Great instructable. Bookmarking this one. As it happens, a neighbor is trying to offload an old treadmill and I have a wife and daughter who would love a pottery wheel....</p>
<p>Thank you for this instructable! Great info - I published some differences in my own first instructable here: <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Pottery-Wheel/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Pottery-Wheel/</a></p>
<p>you sir are a genuis</p>
<p>I just put one of these together with some massive help from your instructions. It works great and I made a few tweaks to help with portability and space saving. Thanks for putting this out there!!!</p>
<p>Well Done! I'm on a very tight budget, but I figure I can afford to build a unit like this! Plus Building it yourself allows you to make it the way you want! Thanks for the inspiration!</p>
<p>Hi! Your wheel looks great! I was wondering, did you get any further with the pedal idea?</p>
This is great! I want to make one for myself but I was wondering if you have come up with a way to make a foot pedal? I would appreciate if you could let me know if you have and, if so, how? Thanks
Oh Wow! Very cool! I've been wanting to build my own kick wheel for some time, but this is top notch! I never would have considered using a tredmill motor. Genius idea!
Thanks mygibzone...
Oh wow, I wish I had you as my mom to make me a pottery wheel hahaha Congratulations with the Holiday contest!!! This is incredibly cool. Now we just need a DIY kiln instructable next
Thanks for your comment Julianne.. I have begun to research the possiblities of building my own kiln. We will see.
Thanks for your comment Julianne.. I have begun to research the possiblities of building my own kiln. We will see.
hi <br> I made one before using aluminum pulley, and am not really happy with it. I was hoping to buy an automotive wheel hub assembly...but I am not sure how to make a shank/spindle if I don't have a machine shop.....do you have a better suggestion? thanks
Wow! I've been been working on a homemade wheel for over a year now and this is by far the best tutorial, and plans I've seen so far. I'm very inspired by your hard work and all for your little girl! It just doesn't get much better than that! Great work!! :)
Thanks for the comments innerlight...it was a rush job too...I decided to build it on Dec 10th after looking at some other instructables...I was able to pull it together in 2 weeks in time for christmas. How far along are you on your project? are you using a treadmill motor also?
Amazing way to go.
Exciting that you were able to build this for her
his is a great how-to. Very clear, awesome pics. What a wonderful gift for a very lucky girl!
Great instructions and it looks like a very happy Daughter! The project is wonderful! I have always wanted to have my own Pottery Wheel and I believe now, I can!!! Thank you and make sure you post your daughters (and Family) projects.<br> You have my vote!
Thanks for commenting and good luck with your own pottery wheel project.
If you like my instsructable, please vote for it, its entered in the gift contest...Thanks
If you need a pedal to hold a potentiometer. Look for a used guitar effect pedal. <br> <br>I'd be interested in your minimum/maximum rpm at the wheel. <br>
Yeah I am thinking about using a Wah Wah pedal.....Some one else also asked about the wheel RPM...I do not have a tachometer at this time to know accurately. We ruc the wheel between 1/4 and 1/3 throttle on the control dial..
I would not be surprised if you don't start to get orders for these. Perhaps you should go into full time production.
LoL, Thanks..........send the orders my way, I'll see what I can do.....
very well done looks likes you daughter is having fun&nbsp;
Thank You, she LOVES it..
nice work <br>
Thank You
Loved it.
Thank You
Nice job. First class ible, another one for my to do list.
Thank You
Really nice. You could sell them and get rich. I have always wanted to make one with the big foot powered flywheel on the bottom, but a motor would be better and easier to store. What is the fastest RPM of pottery wheel?
Im not sure what the maximum R.P.M. is.. WAY faster than we need to throw clay...I usually run it between 1/4 and 1/3 throttle..
Fantastic job. Great quality decisions. At some point (machining) I said Oh well.. In fact this is a fully pro wheel, except the wah-wah pedal yet to come, and it makes me think the store-bought models are not overpriced.
Thanks for you comments. Dont be discouraged by the machining. There is always another way to do things. I chose machining because I have the tools available to me, but I have seen other methods used..be creative and expect to fail...
what was your total cost for making it?
Hi Cricket, <br>I was just figuring the total cost out today. Here are the things I purchased to build this project. Everything else I already had, ie. Plywood, Melomine top surface, misc lumber etc. <br> <br>Used Treadmill ( 1991 Sears Lifestyler) $35 <br>Wheel Bearing Hub Assembly $35 <br>Motor Pulley $ 9 <br>48 &quot; V-Belt $ 7 <br>2- 14 &quot; Oil Drain Pans $ 6 <br>Nuts and Bolts $ 6 <br>electrical boxes and switch plate $ 8 <br>Total $ 106 ish,,,

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