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Desktop Ferris Wheel

Picture of Desktop Ferris Wheel
To complete this project you will need the following items:
(3) Pieces of 12 in. x 12 in. sheet metal, any gauge will do
(2) Bearings with an inside diameter of 3/8 in. outside diameter of 7/8 in. and thickness of 1/4 in.
(2) Pieces of 12 in. x 12 in. plastic, any type will do
(1) Power drill with 1/8 in. and 3/8 in. and 7/8 in. drill bits
(1) 72 in. long piece of 1/8 in. brass rod
(1) 12 in. long piece of 3/8 in. brass rod
(1)  Vise or clamp capable of making hems in sheet metal
(1)  Band-saw or other cutting device to cut the plastic sheets
(1) Plank of wood 12 in. x 12 in. or larger to mount the Ferris wheel to
(1) Pair of aviation snips/sheet metal shears
(1) Hacksaw to cut the brass rod
(1) Bottle of super glue

Recommended:
Sheet metal brake to bend the sheet metal more accurately
Foot shears to make more accurate cuts in the sheet metal


 
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Step 1: Cutting the Brass Rod to Length

Picture of Cutting the Brass Rod to Length
Central Axle.jpg
Step One:
First, mark out (8) 5 in. long pieces of 1/8 in. brass rod. Cut out all 8 pieces using a hacksaw or another cutting instrument. 
Next, Mark out (1) 7 1/2 in. long piece of 3/8 in. brass rod. Cut out the piece using a hacksaw or other cutting instrument.

Optional: Use sand paper or another sanding instrument to make the ends of the pieces smooth