We’ve wanted a potter’s wheel for sometime but couldn’t justify dropping a thousand dollars for a good one. What’s a guy to do. Build your own for less than $15 with some spare parts and stuff you already have. I searched the web for plans and couldn’t find any that didn’t look like a piece of crap. Recently I found a blog named kyrotechnics that was doing the same thing I was and another one that had some good ideas.
It all starts with a treadmill. I found one on craigslist for free and another along the road on trash day. Both have working motors and speed controllers which are two of the main things needed. I’m using a front wheel hub off an old Ford Galaxy for the wheel head bearing setup. The head itself is MDF as is the drive pulley. I couldn’t find a pulley 12″ or larger that would take a serpentine style belt so I made my own with MDF sandwiched between two Masonite disks. I used a 1/2″ x 20 tap kit to tap threads into the hub shaft for the bolt to attach the pulley to the hub. The table top is MDF scavenged from the treadmill. It had a good thick lacquer finish on it, I used poplar 1x’s for the rim around the table and painted it black to match. It’s all siliconed in and water tight. I had the legs already, cutoffs from another project. I’m either going to rig up a foot pedal or make a lever on the side to control the speed. For now I waterproofed the slide controller off the treadmill. I need to make another one so we can each have one to use.
Bat registration pins.
My Flintstones homemade pulley.
Plaster bat next to wheel.
I used the motor mounting bracket from treadmill bolted to leg.
Electronics attached to bottom of table. I’ll waterproof later.
Ford galaxy front wheel hub.
Looks like it works. I’ve never used a potter’s wheel before. This is the first thing I tried. I think I’ll send it to Mom.
Zoe thinks it’s pretty good.
Or did she make it.