Introduction: Country Pottery Kickwheel

About: I am currently single, and have been a maker all my life. I currently work as a technician for a comercial Laundromat company. I and my friends have built a nascar simulator, and lot of other stuff, and I hav…

Build a old fashioned rotary flywheel Pottery Kickwheel for about 100$

After a lot of searching on the internt, I could not find a decent drawing of a console style kickwheel for making pottery. so I made one. Measured drawings included...

Step 1: Building the Base Frame and Seatposts

Using standard dimensional lumber (2x4) the build begins with the back and floor frame.

Step 2: Front Frame and Seat Supports

adding the front frame and the seat supports

Step 3: The Adjustable Seat

the adjustabel seat is made of 2 (or 3) 2x4's attached with 7 inch peices of 2x4

Step 4: Adding Frame Peices

additiional peices are attached to the frame.

Step 5: Drawing Out the Flywheel

drawing the 31.5 inch disks from a peice of 8x4 plywood.

this is a cheap trick, fit you have a center hole drilled, just poke a hole in a peice of cardboard , measure out the radius, poke another hole there, and use it like a disposable compass

Step 6: Cutting the Flywheel Top and Bottom

you will need to cut 2 31.5 inch disks from plywood. save all the scrap (see measured drawing)

use a circular saw to split the plywood into 2 4x4 sections, then cut the disks out with a jigsaw.

Step 7: Flywheel Cuts

you should have 2 flywheel dosks and 4 half moon shaped peices of plywood.

(only one shown)

drill a 1 in hole on the center of the disks, and attach the 1in floor flanges to the disks.

Step 8: Weighting the Flywheel

using constuction adhesive, glue the bricks t the bottom flywheel disks.

Step 9: Finishing the Flywheel

using more constuction adhesive, glue the top of the flywheel down and weight down.

imusing a 1 inch hoe handle to aligh the disks while they are drying.

Step 10: Bolting the Flywheel to the Base

after temprarily removing the base boards, the flang bearing is attached to the flywheel with a 3 inch pipe nipple.

Step 11: Flywheel Installation

the flywheel is slid into place and secured with screws

Step 12: Wheel Head Shaft and Support

the wheel head shaft is a peice of 29 inch galvanized pipe. the 1 5/.16 pillow block is driven on, and secured with a top frame support

Step 13: Completing the Wheel

more freame peices are cut, the leftover plywood is fit into place to secure the console.

the wheel head is another 10 inch disk cut from the same sheet of plywood. alternatovle, you could but a ready made aluminium disk, or use a cake pan full of plaster...

Step 14: Moose and the Infernal Machine

A very tired moose relaxes with his new construction

nothing left but painting...

Step 15: Measured Drawings

this is a set of ikea style measued drawing and material list.

if you have any questions ytou can contact me on facebook at Moosestudiospottery

Step 16: Measured Drawings

the following include the build drawings.