An english wheel seemed like an excellent tool to build. I read up on the theory of operation to get an idea of how it worked, looked at some pictures of wheels on the internet, and I set forth to design and build it. The whole process only took two weeks, start to finish.
It works by stretching the small strip of material that comes in contact with both wheels as it is passed repeatedly between them. This stretching results in the material developing a curvature after many repeated passes. Rolling in different directions and angled results in different effects. You can see the results of my first test sheet, and all I had to go by was what I picked up from a couple of videos I saw on Youtube.
This instructable will be a rough-over of how to do most of the work, highlighting some insights I picked up along the way. You can scale the design ideas to make a benchtop model or a larger floorstanding version. The only thing that changes is the size of the "C" shape body, and the length of the adjustment screw, to accommodate larger work pieces.