I am looking for a set of plans for a double peddle spinning wheel.
I have pretty much exhausted the search thing and found a couple but the
pics are very bad so it's hard to tell the true look of the finished
I am hoping someone here knows of some.
Thanks to all in advance,
It's only a single pedal wheel, but the 1929 Popular Mechnics Shop Notes
has a pretty comprehensive plan for a colonial-style spinning wheel on
pages 25-32. The book is available in reprint from Lee Valley. It
seems to me it wouldn't be altogether impossible to come up with a
redesign of a single pedal wheel to have two pedals; I don't begin to
know enough about spinning to know if double pedal also generally
implies additional changes, though.
To be honest, I'm not completely sold on the styling of this design; it
looks rather too heavy and highly styled for my tastes--a little too
much turning and not enough general proportion, I guess.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
Lee, I was just looking for the same thing. The best I found is listed
below, though they are single pedal and not dual. However, converting them
to dual pedal is "a piece of cake." All you have to do is make a slight
modification to the way the pedal attaches and put an extra crook in the
axle. Also, looking at the Ashford of a friend of mine, I am going to
modify the Maidens to accept sintered bronze bearings, like the Ashford
I ordered both sets and had then in about four days, not bad.
I built the Popular Mechanics wheel and it is not bad. Since it was my
first, I really cannot judge the plans but they appear easier to follow
than the ones mentioned above. The reason I am going with the above is
that I (my daughter actually) want a larger wheel than the 17/18" in the
Popular Mechanincs plans.
If I can be of any help, give me a shout.
Thank you for the suggestion and link. I was looking at those plans but
wasn't sure if they where what she wanted. Turns out if I can convert it to
two pedal she would like the large wheel.
Again thank you.
I have a naive question: What is the advantage of dual pedals?
I forget what the similar piece of equipment was where I had a single pedal
keeping a wheel going, but the flywheel action was such that a single wheel
was no problem.
My wife says it's easier to start and keep going in the correct direction
and it's less tiring............that said it's what she wants and I am not
going to argue as she bought me a lathe to turn the spindles :)))
I was going to suggest a variable speed drive with pedal control (kinda
like a sewing machine), but that pretty well blows away any further
Geek response: Dual pedals will help to preserve bilateral symmetry, a
Good Thing(tm) since it doesn't lead to walking/running in circles...
2 feet & legs do the work so there's less strain (& risk of rsa)
Easier to start 'without hands'.
For plying, the wheel needs to run in the opposite direction to
spinning, a single pedal wheel with a weighted flywheel will always want
to start in the same direction, making starting it for plying awkward.
So my wife says.
Lastly, you can have a perfectly balanced flywheel in a double treadle,
reducing noise and vibration. You can have that also in a single treadle
wheel, of course, but then you'll basically need to start the wheel with
your hand if it hasn't stopped in the exact right place. Which is why
most single treadle wheels are weighted with a plug of metal.
Still not your double treadle, but I bought a set of plans for a nice
30" wheel from Fine Woodworking in 1991.
Have you tried contacting any spinning groups? People who sell
products to spinners? My wife takes a mag called "Spin-Off". Don't
remember if it has plans, but sure has a lot of ads.
In May, on Mother's Day weekeend, there's a pretty big get-together
of folks who raise and process fiber just east of St. Paul, Mn. It's
called Shepard's Harvest. Many people to talk to to ask such questions.
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