It all began back in February 26th 2010. I knew what I was in for the moment I laid eyes on it.
"Can you make me one"?.
Being the person I am how could I say NO!!!!
Ok so five years latter.........can't rush these things can we.
As I restored what became known as Isla I made parts to replace the damaged two castles, they where not required so they were for Orla as Sue has named her.
I copied and created and redesigned as the need became apparent from the restoration transposing to the new over the years.
The bases of a wheel is as shown here.
|Ready to start again|
The Flyer and axle shaft fitted together as a push fit, twelve holes drilled to fit the required hooks. These were off set to each other either side as Sue requested, it allows for a more even feed across the bobbin rather than a hills and valley arrangement.
The main Hub had to be drilled and shaped by file to take the square section of the shaft.
The same goes for Alan Flett who took the fellows I had cut to make the wheel, he used Domino's and Tongue and Groove to join them. He also cut the outside radius leaving me the inside to mark out for length of spokes, then for me to cut that and drill the spoke holes and glue and assemble.
|A new main leg after the first cracked where burl was.|
|adding height to the Maiden support.|
|The unfinished grain|
|The large knot adding to the character|
|My makeshift scraper Alan's old plain blade|
|Drilling out Mortice for footman|
Cutting threads for the adjuster.
|Original design for spokes|
Above left, fitting the Maiden.
Above right the flyer assembled and drilled.
Left flyer mounted.
Right hub and spoke.
Below aligning spoke to rim to true the inner dia and mark spoke position.
In mounting the assembled wheel onto the lathe to true the outer rim and cut the groove for the drive band, everything was going well then all of a sudden the whole thing went out of round and set a wobble in as well. No matter what I tried where I placed the chuck it just wanted to do its own thing.
This is where it all went wrong, I believe the force of cutting tool even though light had moved spokes in opposing directions. It should not have being the Cole Jaws were used.
These were mortised and tenon or some would say tongue and grove jointed, much stronger and longer tongue than previous felloes and a little wider.
The Mother Of Awl required some fine tuning and whorls drilled to suit the shaft with a tight push on fit. A lock peg made and a connecting rod between footman and crank. The flyer shaft some machining and a pin fitted to lock all together.
Once all assembled and a test run proved successful it become apparent the wheel was almost done just minor adjustments and of course a full test to do.
I dare say Sue will ask for some changes or further adjustments as time goes by I will gladly do them and I hope in years to come someone will look back into its history.
A new style spoke and hub below the spokes were resize to length once the new felloes were trued.
Dry fit of the rim, holes drilled for Rivin Pins.
Oiled and mounted.
Final photos and video of it in full working order will be added over the coming weeks.
Thanks goes to the following:-
To all who have followed patiently this build many thanks
Darrell Smith and Tom Cattell from OTGA who supplied me with all the English Oak except for the felloes. Darrelle also cut and dressed it to rough sizes.
Wyndham the Blue Mnts Blacksmith for forging the crank.
Greg Gossip for machining the main axle and the flyer shaft.
Alan Flett who supplied the original master copy and English Oak for the Felloes as well as dressed and produced the joints.
Sue who patiently waited the years while other projects jumped queue, supported me in many ways more than she knows throughout the build. Her constant help when I needed it. The many photos taken I hope she gets years of pleasure out of it.
My fault I never documented time when build this wheel a big mistake on my part.
Would I build another? YES!
This time no interruptions.
Would I use English oak again? Yes! OR Rosewood or maybe even Huon Pine.