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Diy Roulette Wheel? Answered

I am wondering if anybody here has the knowledge on how to construct a roulette wheel? The internet has so far proven very un-helpful on this topic.  I want to make a wooden tabletop wheel with a ball, not a vertical one with an arrow.

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PeterN109
PeterN109

5 months ago

Hello V1g1lante,
how are you going with your project DIY ROULETTE WHEEL ?
i also haven't found anything about making it your self in wood.
What I have seen on the videos: the roulette bowl stock, the top overlooking edge have to be big enough and handy to practically shoot the ball into it with one finger. And without for the pellet being able to fly out again.
First the wheel only make some slow motions, as I read good for min. 3x turns, max. 5revolutions per game Second they give a hard kick on the ball.
So that the ball circles through the upper bowl groove against the direction the rotation of the plate.
So fare for now,
have excellent times
Paralullus

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

2 years ago

What is your skillset and what tools do you have available?
Comes down to basic math for the required angles bt getting this translated in accurate parts is whole different game.

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V1g1lante
V1g1lante

Reply 2 years ago

I have a good bit of woodworking knowledge and pretty much everything tool related...router, tablesaw, bandsaw, jigsaw, scrollsaw, etc. I get the general idea of how to make one but I don't know what makes it able to spin for such a long time...

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

Reply 2 years ago

I was only able to spin the wheel myself once on a casino grade roulette but from that I know they are really heavy.
Would say about 20kg at least for the spinning part.
If you use a tapered bearing like used in the hub of you cars wheels then it should work fine.
On a smaller scale I wuld take a bicycle wheel with axle as a base for me work.
Has a suitable diameter and the right type of bearings for a long spin.
Plus ou have a stable mounting base for the rest of the wheel.
Rest is math and angles.

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V1g1lante
V1g1lante

Reply 2 years ago

A bike wheel or old wheel bearing is a great idea - thanks. And yes, I was assuming it has to be quite heavy as it must require a ton of inertia to keep it spinning so long.

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ProfessorPi
ProfessorPi

Reply 2 years ago

Maybe giant ball bearings or something? I'm imagining a giant fidget spinner for some reason.