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Building a Kick Wheel
Here are some instructions on how to make your own kick wheel for throwing pottery.
A kick style pottery wheel can be very simple and relatively cheap, probably under $60.00 to build.
All you'll need is:Wood
Building MaterialsOne 30 foot 2 x 4
One 14 foot 4 x 4
Two 1 inch x 12 inch x 30 inch plywood
One 1 inch x 24 inch x 24 inch plywood
Four 12 inch x 5/8 inch dowel rod
Two 5 inch x 3/8 inch bolts
Thirty Two 6 inch x 1/2 inch bolts
Eight 7 inch x 1/2 inch bolts
Four 9 inch x 1/2 inch bolts
Four 5 inch x 1/2 inch bolts
Four 3/8 inch x 2 inch lag bolts
Four 1/4 inch x 4 inch lag bolts
Sixteen medium weight 2 inch wood screws
One 1 inch x 36 inch steel stock shaft
One 1 inch pillow block bearing
One 1 inch flange bearing
Two pulley wheels
Four 2 inch "U" bolts
90 lbs. cement
This is about what the kickwheel will look like when it is finished.
Building the Frame
Begin by cutting the 2 x 4's and 4 x 4's into 30 inch pieces.
Create the bottom frame by making a square from four 30 inch 2 x 4's.
Next four 4 x 4 pieces are attached upright in the corners, using the 6 inch bolts.
One 4 x 4 is placed longwise in the center of the bottom frame and secured by four small blocks using more 6 inch bolts.
Next cut three 28 ¾ inch 2 x 4's.
These will be cross supports with the front left open and should be placed at a level for resting the feet of the individual who will be using the wheel.
Attach with 6 x 1/2 bolts.
Take four 30 inch 2 x 4's and attach them with 7 inch x 1/2 inch bolts to the top of both sides of the front and back uprights.
This will support the seat and work table.
Attach one 12 inch x 30 inch piece of plywood to these supports using the eight wood screws.
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