My 1st and only attempt was back in high school, when I had built one using wooden blades and turning a bicycle generator.
So after getting hooked on Instructables .com and viewing other members wind mill projects, I've been on the lookout for DC motors and thinking of some ideas.
Then one night it hit me.... I had an old cordless drill that I was no longer using.
So after finding and disassembling the drill, is when the brainstorming began :)
Through the months I've added several steps about the 2 different wind generators and the modifications made to both of them as problems arose.
Step 1: Step(s) after intro.....
blades will have to spin in a clockwise direction to keep the chuck tight.
I cut in half a section of pipe that is slightly larger than the outside diameter of the friction bearings that are between the hub and the chuck. I then used an water hose
repair connector to hold the cut pipe halves around the friction bearings which also will provide support.
I attached the assembly to a plastic peg board.
After getting the unit assemble/attached to the peg board, it fit perfectly inside an 10 oz coffee can
After attaching the blades and hooking up a voltage meter, I took it outside in a very light wind.
The completed unit spins freely and the small DC motor does create a small amount of DC current.
I can/could install a bigger motor using the "chuck".
The day I mounted it atop a pole, a thunderstorm came up with high winds and the wind turbine handle it just fine.