Things You'll Need
- 120 3/4-inch by 1/4-inch thick pieces of cedar, each 8 inches long
- 1 1/4-inch threaded steel rod, 34 inches long
- 2 Castle nuts
- Table, circular or hacksaw
- Spiral key ring
- Fishing spinner
- Chain, nylon cord or fishing line
- Safety glasses
Wood spinners are fun, fanciful decorations that are a blast to watch on a windy day. Making homemade wood spinners is easy and a great weekend project for woodworking enthusiasts to attempt with their children or grandchildren. The process is easier than you might imagine and there are plenty of things that little ones can do that don't involve the use of the circular saw. When you're all done, use colorful paints, sequins, beads and more to decorate your special wood spinner project.
Drill a 1/4 inch hole through the middle of all 120 8-inch-long pieces of wood. It's important to be as accurate as possible in this step so that later on your wood wind spinner will spiral properly.
Screw one of the castle nuts on to one of the ends of your 34 inch threaded steel rod.
Slip all 120 8-inch-long pieces of wood on to your threaded steel rod. Cut off the excess amount of the steel rod, making sure to leave yourself enough room to screw on a second castle nut. Screw on the second castle nut and make sure that both castle nuts, at the top and bottom, are nice and snug.
Cut the tapers for your homemade wood spinner. Lay your project on a flat surface and use a ruler and a pencil to mark where you will make your cuts for the tapers. Start wide at the center and taper up to the top. Repeat the same with the bottom half. Before you make your cuts, make sure that your marking reflects the project being the widest in the middle while tapering at both the top and the bottom.
Drill an 1/8 inch hole into your threaded steel rod. The hole should be drilled just above the castle nut. Attach your spiral key ring to the project through the 1/8 drilled hole in the threaded steel rod.
Loosen one of the castle nuts just a bit. Spin the wooden pieces gently until they resemble the typical store-bought wood spinners then tighten your castle nut again until it is nice and snug.
Hang your new homemade wood spinner with chain, nylon cord or fishing line. Attach a fishing spinner at the top so that your wood wind spinner can spin freely without tangling. Good luck!
Sand and paint your wood wind spinner for a customized look!
Homemade wood wind spinners make great gifts!
Be sure to wear safety glasses during this project to avoid being injured by pieces of wood being kicked back.
Always use proper safety measures when working with power tools such as drills, circular or table saws.
Megan Mattingly-Arthur has been writing professionally since 1998. She has contributed to various publications, including "Teen Voices" and "Positive Teens" magazines, as well as a book, "The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published." Mattingly-Arthur is studying travel and tourism through Penn Foster Career School.