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« on: March 01, 2010 08:48:34 PM »


But I'm not 100% sure. I'm a total spinning wheel novice.








I found this wheel at the local thrift store for $50!! Bargain, even if there are parts missing. Although, apart from a few screws as far as I can make out the only thing missing is the drive band (is that what it's called?) It has Ashford engraved in the bit under flyer (again, I only think I know that's what it's called)  so I googled Ashfords and it resembles a traveller.

I'm hoping someone here can help me identify this for definite and tell me what's missing. As I said, I think the only thing I need to get this working is a drive band, but I'm not sure.  Huh Heh, I'm pretty much clueless when it comes to spinning wheels.  Thanks in advance.

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010 12:08:10 AM »

I will let someone more experienced chime in here, however I just have to say that I am SO jealous right now!!!!!!! I wish that kind of awesome deal would show up in a thrift store around these parts!
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2010 12:20:23 AM »

haha Yeah, I was AMAZED!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2010 12:55:45 AM »

Looks like a Traveler to me! You can use anything as a drive band. Try a cotton yarn. Just make sure to tie it very tightly. Smiley

And WOOT for thrift store finds! That's an excellent deal.
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2010 09:42:53 AM »

It does look very much like a Traveller (I have one), though I think they only make them double-treadle now. The assembly guide here http://www.ashford.co.nz/helpandadvice/guides.htm might help you work out what's missing.
Oh, and the drive-band that came supplied with mine is a length of ordinary cotton string!
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2010 10:26:55 AM »

The other thing you will need is the brake band and tension knob.  Refer to the Single Drive Assembly Guide.  For the brake band, fishing line works well.
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2010 03:13:37 PM »

Thanks for the replies, they've been very helpful. I've found a website that sells spare parts, which is great. The whole thing is very, very wobbly so everything needs to be tightened. I also want to get some wood stain and stain it darker. So I foresee a trip to the hardware store in the near future. Also, how often do spinning wheels need to be oiled? And with what kind of oil? They sell oil on the site but I was wandering if I could use something I might already have.
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2010 07:59:46 PM »

Hmm, you may not need to go to a specialist store for the brake assembly - you need some fishing line or nylon thread, a little spring, a couple of eyelets or cup-hooks, and some sort of toy wheel that'll go on the end of the shaft of the flyer. You could probably get those at the hardware store too, it might be cheaper (though if you wouldn't mind sharing the spare-parts link, I have a friend who really wants to get his hands on some of the metal bits!)

I'd be happy to share some pics of how it all fits together on mine if that would help!
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2010 08:18:02 PM »

Hmm, you may not need to go to a specialist store for the brake assembly - you need some fishing line or nylon thread, a little spring, a couple of eyelets or cup-hooks, and some sort of toy wheel that'll go on the end of the shaft of the flyer. You could probably get those at the hardware store too, it might be cheaper (though if you wouldn't mind sharing the spare-parts link, I have a friend who really wants to get his hands on some of the metal bits!)

I'd be happy to share some pics of how it all fits together on mine if that would help!

Sure, here's the link: http://www.ashfordaustralia.com/store.php?a=1&c=1&k=9&p=0

Thanks for the tips about getting the stuff at the hardware store. I'm confused about the wheel thing on the shaft of the flyer... It would be great if you could post some pics.  Thanks.
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2010 10:36:21 PM »

OK the wheel thing as a brain fart on my part, I was trying to visualise the thing instead of just getting up and looking at it  Tongue
The brake band runs over the end of the bobbin, not a separate wheel, sorry.

To DIY the brake band assembly you'll need 2 eyelets or cup-hooks, some fishing line or nylon thread, 2 small springs - the kind with a ring at each end, though you could McGyver those with a pair of pliers - and a short piece of dowel.

There's an eyelet screwed in to the wood here, holding a small spring to which the brake band is tied:


The brake band runs over the end of the bobbin. To remove the bobbin you just lift the band off with a finger.


There's another eyelet at the other side - the band runs through that and is then tied to one end of a spring:


Another section of line is tied to the other end of the spring, and to the tension knob. You could just use a piece of dowel that fits in the hole, the brake band is wrapped round it and you turn it to adjust the tension.


Hope that helps!
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