Wooden Pulley Wheel: Take 2

This post might more accurately be named: Wooden Pulley Wheels take 2 & 3.  I had just gotten two done, started painting them when I realized there was something wrong and they were not going to work :0/As you can see from the picture below, the holes are off center.  Great for a clown mobile, but not as good for a bathroom cabinet.  Besides, I forgot the “antiquing” layer before slapping on the red paint.  Double :0(


Holes are off center

What I thought was going to work was gluing a couple of my wheel blanks together, and then once they were dry I would turn them on the lathe.  The holes from cutting out the circles with the hole saw were in the middle, so it followed that they would still be in the center once I turned them….I must have gotten off somewhere

There was nothing left but to try turning the whole wheel without starting as a circle.  Now, I’m not very good with the lathe for starters.  I think I’m going along just fine, then all of a sudden I gouge my work piece and wonder how it happened.  Unlike the Ausie in one turning video I watched, I wear a safety shield plus goggles and gloves when using my lathe.

Somehow with my limited skill I managed to get a couple pulley wheels turned out of a piece of 4×4 oak that had been laminated together.  You’ll be able to see the different pieces of wood when I stain it a little later.


Pulley wheels before sanding

I kept forgetting to sand these before I stared to cut them off…It is so much easier to sand on the lathe than to try and hold a round object and sand it.  I buy narrow belt sander refills from Harbor Freight and use them to sand my lathe work.


Sawing the wheels apart.

After the end was decorated and I had my wheels sanded, I used a regular hand saw to cut them apart.  It’s not the perfect solution, but since I knew the backside wouldn’t show….it worked for me.

Here they are!!  You can see my inexpert gouges and holes….the bushing is centered, and I ended up re-drilling the top hole bigger so it was more centered.


Sanded pulley wheels


Side View

These are going in my bathroom on a rustic cabinet, so first I stained them with vinegar and steel wool.  You take a jar of vinegar, rip up some steel wool in to little pieces and let it sit for a few days.  At first the mixture will look silvery, but as soon as you open the lid, the iron in the steel wool oxidizes and it turns rusty looking.  It can stain your paint brushes, so I use a chip brush.


Chalk Paint and home made “stain” or “wood ager”

The vinegar/steel wool solution reacts differently to different species of wood.  This is oak and contains lots of tannins….called tannins because it’s a substance that aids in the tanning of leather…  You can see the lines where different pieces of oak were glued together to make the block.


Using this will raise the grain, especially on oak.  I didn’t worry about this because I planned on distressing once the chalk paint dried.  You can really see the raised grain in the paint picture.  That would be those pokey looking ridges all over the place.


Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint drying the sun. 


Dried Chalk Paint

Finally I sanded the wheels and wiped on a layer of Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax with a rag and they were ready to be added to my project!


Wooden Pulley Wheels finished with clear wax.  

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