Project by JAGWAH posted 01-05-2010 11:06 PM 6044 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Years ago an architect friend asked me to build a large waterwheel for one of his homes in southern Oklahoma. After meeting with him and on my way back home I stopped to pump some gas and as I looked up the canopy had on it, warning 12’ clearence. The wheel was to be 13’ in diameter and I hadn’t really thought about what that meant untill I looked up and realized it would be 1’ taller then the canopy clearence.

Figureing out how to build this beast outside, the shop was to small, and how to build so it could ship. I had to build it so that another carpenter I didn’t know would have an easy time assembling.

The material I was told to use was clear heart redwood, cypress would have been better, I decided on the size of segments using a 1/2’ baltic birch loose tenon and poly glue. Each side of the wheel is able to haul in 2 parts. The table is 2 sets of new ladders on sawhorses and leveled to a nats arse inorder to keep the sides in perfect plane.

I frankly found all this fun. Anytime I’m put out of my comfort zone as to my craft I find to be great experiences.

Well here’s a series of pic’s showing the table, 6 1/2’ router swing arm and the final results.

This got published in Fine Homebuilding last month. I like to brag My work was on 2 pages of the magazine but truth is my picture was in the crease of the 2 pages.

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posted 01-07-2010 01:49 AM

Nice! I want one!

Of course it’d be as tall as my house and kind of impractical, but…

And especially thanks for the construction pictures. I like the idea of swinging a big router in a circle jig like that.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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posted 01-07-2010 02:15 AM

And that’s his home, just one of them?! What an amzaing project! I’m sure your proud of that.

-- Janice

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posted 01-07-2010 02:21 AM

One of his designs… He designed our former mayor’s home, a little old hobble of about 24000 sq ft.

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posted 02-09-2010 05:28 PM

That is awesome! Very cool.

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posted 04-21-2010 07:03 PM

WOW!! beautiful work.

-- Harold

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posted 04-21-2010 07:15 PM

Thanks It don’t hurt to have a beautiful house to make the wheel look pretty.

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