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    Default Another spinning wheel repair

    I have spotted a couple of problems with this wheel...
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    Step 1 was to chase down the cardboard box which had been 'protecting' it, and collect the splinters and chips of wood.
    I've been able to put the jigsaw back together, but I'm not sure whether just glueing will be sufficient, or whether I need to be considering doing some reinforcement as well.

    I'd also appreciate if anyone has suggestions about the make, style etc. as I've just started this, and it's my first spinning wheel.
    One feature I haven't seen on any other wheels is the tension adjustment, which is the decorative top of one of the maidens, when turned raises and lowers one end of the shaft for the flyer and bobbin.
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    Ouch not good at all. You are right just gluing the jigsaw together will only result in it breaking again.
    I'd suggest making a whole new leg for starters.
    If possible to remove the whole broken bits from the table glue it all together then bore down through the centre and place either a dowel or steel rod gluing it into it for added strength.

    Good luck

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    Unfortunately, it's not just one leg, it's two legs and both uprights that have been snapped off.
    The holes for the uprights go right through the table
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    so I'll try to knock those bits out, or glue the uprights pieces together and drill & reinforce as suggested.
    The owner has given permission to "add character" by drilling into the top of the table if that's the only way to reinforce the broken legs.

    Anyway, baby steps so far are a 3-piece chip fix:
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    and starting to piece together the snapped off leg:
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    The jigsaw continues...
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    To get these pieces together, I had to tilt, twist, and wiggle, and the first attempt took ages. When glueing, I'll need to be able to get them together reasonably quickly and easily, so I have been repeating a cycle of fitting, wiggling, disassemble, trim off any bent or broken fibres, repeat...
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    The pieces go together easily enough now, so I'm working out how to clamp them when glued.

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    Do you have any history on how it was damaged?

    Also, is it a Castle style wheel? From the pix it's hard to tell... But some of the turning details, the shape of the table and that tension adjustment are typical of Rappard's "Wee Peggy."

    Although the build quality doesn't look to be there. It may be a knock-off of the design. (Also, Ashford bought the rights to the design and are now producing it with 6 spoked wheels instead of Rappards 8 spokes.)

    O' course, I could be way off base. A pic or two if the whole wheel would be very helpful...

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    All I know is it was purchased in NZ, packed for transport to Australia, and was unpacked in pieces. The owner had been to the Ashford factory prior to buying the wheel privately.

    The first thing I noted was the construction of the wheel segments - the joints are not radial, but match the diagram on this page about Rappard wheels:
    RAPPARD WHEELS

    The finish is poorly applied (suggesting a kit?) and there is evidence of previous repairs.
    The leg which snapped off, failed through a large knot. Would this have passed factory quality control, or does it point to a knock-off.

    The turnings are close, but not identical (like stuff from my lathe ��)

    I haven't found any numbers on any parts yet, so am thinking a copy of a "Wee Peggy" as my uninformed best guess so far.
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    The wheel is made of 3 layers:
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    Slow, interrupted progress...
    first leg is repaired.
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    A Wee Peggy is an upright wheel RAPPARD PEGGY SPINNING WHEELS
    Looking at the 1971 model same sort of wheel assembly joint.

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    There's a good trick for repairing broken spindles like that where a dowel can be added. You may get a use for it on some of the others.

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    You drill 1 and then cut 2 through the first dowel hole . Drawing 1
    Glue the break back on 3 and the first hole guides the drill back through the break . Drawing 2
    Add a dowel and glue it up
    That's how you get a dowel into such a thing .
    In a turned chair leg like drawing 4 cut 2 goes through one of the turning points for an invisible fix .

    The straight turned spindle on yours though could be done on the angle = stronger. Cut 2 in drawing 1 .

    Rob

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