Introduction: Homemade Pottery Wheel
My version of the modified treadmill pottery wheel. enjoy
Step 1: ProForm Treadmill
Here is what the inside of the Treadmill looked like.
Step 2: Materials
I started by locating materials to see if it was feasible.
Treated lumber from the barn for the frame = Free
3/4x4x8 Hard Plastic siding panel from salvage yard=$15
Wheel Hub from a 1985 Buick Century Ebay =$20 free shipping
2 pulleys and tractor hitch pin Tractor supply =40
v-Belt auto parts =$7
Corian for wheel head=$5
Misc bolts, nuts, screws=$15
Bat from ceramic supply=$4
Being able to build this for my daughter....priceless..
Step 3: Building Frame
I started with assembling the base with a 2x6 ripped in half to form the legs and then used a couple of 1x4s to wrap the frame.
Step 4: Selecting the Outer Material
I chose the covering to be a white ridged plastic siding board that machines well and would be water proof. I used this panel material before on my old boat "No Alibi" (may she rest in peace). I used it to cover up a large soft spot in the floor. We beat the snot out of it and it held up well.
Step 5: Additional Exterior Photos
With this material you can use standard woodworking tools.
Step 6: Wheel Hub
I used a wheel hub and tractor hitch pin to fabricate a wheel head to pulley connection. I used an old 110 volt stick welder to assemble the pieces and this was the result....lol...it held but wasn't pretty. I additionally went back and put JB weld to make sure it wouldn't come apart Christmas morning....still lol.
Step 7: Pulley Fab
I thought about building a pulley but for 20 dollars at Tractor supply I couldn't afford to waste anymore time. I used a 12 inch head pulley and a 2" motor pulley. The wheel head is quiet, plenty of power and you only have to run the speed control about 1/3 way to use it.
Step 8: Treadmill Motor
Here is the DC treadmill motor that I used. I kept the same round knob controller for now until I figure out how to wire in a foot pedal. I just cut the frame from the treadmill and that let me use the adjustment to tighten the belt. I think I will make a mechanical foot control incorporating the treadmills control knob for now.
Step 9: Guts of Wheel
This is how I wired it using the same controller that came with the treadmill. I mounted the choke and controller inside an old cooler to help with water intrusion. The wheel will also be plugged into a GFI outlet.
Step 10: Wheel Head
This turned out to be the thing that took the longest. I had to get 2- 1/2" pieces and fasten them together to form the wheel head. I recessed both pieces to accept the wheel hubs 5 bolts and then mounted the two together with three additional bolts to create the head. Corian was cheap though $5.
Step 11: Finishing Up
I have to head to tractor supply to find a splash pan...
White silicone caulk ....
and a box of clay!
Ill post some pictures of her art work after Christmas!
Again Thanks to Vertdude and to Instructables for the idea.
Step 12: Splash Pan and Bat
I found a rubber splash pan to finish it up. the last thing is two Allen screws to use for bat pins a little caulk and paint and it will be ready to go. Thanks for looking and I hope someone else can use this or improve upon it.
Step 13: Short Clip of Wheel in Motion
Christmas day.... it worked