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Anyone made a pottery wheel from a dryer? Answered

My kids took apart an old dryer. I began wondering how to use the parts. I was thinking there may be a way to use the motor and the mechanism that turns the dryer to turn the platform of a pottery wheel. Can anyone figure out how to do this?

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Re-design (author)2009-10-05

Google "diy pottery wheel" and you'll get lots of idea on how to start.

To get you started on that here's a link that looks good.

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deadenders (author)Re-design2010-04-10

That link no longer works try this one.
http://createniks.wordpress.com/2009/09/27/diy-potters-wheel/

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Moose Gueydan (author)2009-12-06

Dryer motors dont work with PWM controllers. thete are single phase AC motors and only run at 3600 rpm.

i supose you could get a varible pully but the shafts of dryer motors are not a standard size..  Washer motors (from a maytag at any rate) are multi tapped, and can run 3600 or 1800 or 900 rpm depending on the circuits you are using.

your going to have better luck with a varible speed AC/DC motor with a controller (the minerak mc60a is a great one). you can get a good motor like this off a old Treadmill (and usually the controller too). 

my current "day" job is repairing washers and dryers, and I used to own my own treadmill repair shop.....

and I built the counttry kick wheel.featured on the front page...(BG)
so I iz a Expurt,  LOL 

build on of those, and add a motor and a wheel, and your all set....

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Prfesser (author)2009-10-06

Undoubtedly some of the parts from a dryer can be used in making a pottery wheel. However, the drive mechanism in many dryers is a belt that goes around the drum, and the drum isn't mounted on a hub or anything like that. So it is unlikely to work very well when turned 90 degrees. Also, most dryer motors aren't variable-speed, so something like pulse-width modulation would be needed for electronic speed control. A constant-speed arrangement is likely to be much easier to implement. Good luck! -- Prfesser

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Kiteman (author)2009-10-05

I hope you manage. Just one thing - you will need a foot-pedal speed controller.

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Re-design (author)2009-10-05

A pottery wheel is just a round table top attached to an axle supported by a couple of bearings mounted to a framework that supports it all off the ground at a comfortable working height. You need some way to power it either another disk at the bottom so you can power it by foot power or by a motor. Unless you know the optimum speed so you can get the gearing right you would do well to get a variable speed motor. The dryer probably has the bearings shaft and some other parts you can use. You'll have to build a frame and round top for it and power it. Other great ideas will come along soon, so start thinking about how you're going to put this all together. Good luck.

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