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Friday, June 14, 2013

Easy-to-make wooden wind spinner

This project was inspired by Carmen Salamone who sent over a picture of a neat little wind spinner he made out of cedar. I have seen these before: they seem to be common at craft fairs. I can understand why. They are super easy to make and there is a lot of room for customization. They have a pretty good profit margin.

Woodworking options
For mine, I used stock 3/4" pine boards and ripped them into 3/4" strips, which I then cut to various lengths. This was all very simple on my table saw but if you don't have one, you might be able to find thin strips of wood at your local home center that will do the trick. You can cut them to length using a hand saw or jig saw.

The only other bit of woodworking involves drilling a hole through the center of each piece. I used my drill press to speed up the process and to ensure they were all centered, but you should be able to drill holes with a hand drill. Mark the centers carefully so the finished spinner will be balanced.

Hardware
I used a length of 1/4" threaded rod and attached an eye bolt to one end using a coupler. I locked these into place with a thread sealant (Loctite) and attached a swivel clip to the top. We haven't had any strong winds since I built this but I would like for it to spin in slight breezes, so I am going to try a barrel swivel instead and see if that spins better. You can find these at sporting goods stores: fishermen use them to attach lures to lines.

Get creative!
The fun of this project is really in the decorating and painting. I chose to make a rainbow pattern on mine because I like bright colors and wanted this to contrast with all the earth tones outside. This would be a great project to get the kids involved!

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12 comments:

  1. I'd be careful with that color scheme so close to SF. your neighbors might get the wrong idea. ;-)

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    2. I originally deleted my post because I didn't want Steve's page to become a battleground, but funny enough I was looking at old posts and this same guy was making a joke out of Craftsman tools and those who use them. Which made me realize this guy might be a bit of a tool himself. So I am reposting.

      Maybe Steve doesn't care if people get the wrong idea. Or maybe he (gasp) has friends and neighbors he is trying to support. I get it, you are trying to make a joke. It would be funny if it were at least clever, but unfortunately it is neither clever nor funny. Instead it just makes you seem like a boob.

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    3. Glad to see you finally grew a pair big enough to say what's on your mind.

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  2. Nice music, earthy.

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  3. It's 5.00am here, family asleep, playing the video with my earphones in. That music's terrific.

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  4. Also useful as a science project to help students understand the DNA molecule.

    Sticks could get painted different colors to represent the A, C, G, and T nucleic acids.


    Steve? You should build another one that is a replica of your entire genome.

    Let's see. Around 3.2 billion base pairs in the human genome. 3/4" thick stick for each base pair.
    Your own personal model of your own genome would be 37878.78 miles tall.

    I think you're gonna need a higher hook in your shop. Might want to make it a tad stronger too.

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  6. you are so creative :-)

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