Introduction: DIY : Wind Spinner

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Wind spinners are mesmerizing to watch, and fun to build. Harnessing the power of the wind, It's simple graceful spinning is really fun to watch as it moves. This is a great inexpensive project to tackle with the kids to help build some basic woodworking skills as well.

Step 1: Step 1 : Gather Your Materials

The wind spinner here, Is made out of Simple 3/4 inch pine board scraps.

You will also need the following :

Outdoor Stain

Paracord or small chain,

a screen door turnbuckle, Or threaded rod,

A snap with a swivel,

a nut and a washer that fits the threaded rod or turnbuckle,

2 keychain rings.

Step 2: Step 2 : Cut Your Wood

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All the parts of the main body are 3/4 square stock, So I will just list the quantity and length.

6 - 3 Inches long

4 - 3 1/2 Inches long

6 - 4 Inches long

6 - 4 1/2 Inches long

4 - 5 Inches long

6 - 5 1/2 Inches long

3 - 6 Inches long

Step 3: Step 3 : Drilling Your Wood

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To make this step easier, Make yourself a simple jig for the drill press. Just a 3/4 inch strip, screwed to a flat piece of 1/6. once you clamp it to a drill press, It makes drilling repetitive accurate holes much easier.

You are going to want to drill a 1/4 inch hole dead center in the middle of each piece. The little jig and a stop block make this step much easier.

This can also be done with any style drill, I just use a press because It's available to me.

Step 4: Step 4 : Staining

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Evenly stain each piece with a good outdoor stain, So your project has a long life. make sure you get some in the hole as well. This way it wont rot out from the inside, and it will help it last for years.

Step 5: Step 5 : Assemble the Body

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Slide the wood pieces on the rod, Making sure to divide them equally. You will want an equal amount of each length on both ends.

When finished, Place a washer on the end, And a nut, And tighten it down.

Step 6: Step 6 : Spacing

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Spread them out by simply turning them, until the corners just touch from slat to slat.

Once completed, Finish tightening it down so they stay together.

Step 7: Step 7 : Attach Hanging Hardware

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Attach your swivel snap to the chain or rope you will be hanging it with by using the key-chain rings as shown. Then attach it to the wind spinner as shown in the pic.

Step 8: Step 8 : Enjoy Watching It Move

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Hang it from your porch roof, or a tree, or any place were wind will make it spin :)

Enjoy it for years, And take pride in the fact that you created something awesome!

Until next time, Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Now get out there and build something cool!

~John~

Comments

MoP1 (author)2017-01-02

I love these! Well-written Instructable...

Thank you! :)

www139 (author)2016-05-16

Very cool looking! Congrats on being a finalist!!

Thanks :) Im pretty exited it made it!

Yeah! :D

HollyMann (author)2016-04-10

This is beautiful! Looks like it would relax me to just look at it! Great job and thorough instructable...:)

Thank you! :) It really is relaxing to look at, And a great use of wood from the scrap pile!

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