Introduction: DIY : Wind Spinner
Runner Up in the
Make it Move Contest 2016
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 :
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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