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drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
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I got my spinning wheel! happy dancing
It needs some work – the wood was never finished, and it’s fairly dry. I woke up to rain though, so I can’t sit outside and do the feed-n-wax treatment I was wanting to do. The feed-n-wax doesn’t seem that stinky, but it has Dire Warnings on it that say to be in a ventilated area. Maybe I’ll pull hubby’s truck out and sit in the garage.

Now I am sitting with a mug of Kusmi Caramel frothed up with half&half and sugar. Nummy. And I’m off to do some wheel repair research. The thing that moves the mother-of-all up and down to adjust the drive wheel band tension is missing altogether, and the 1 bobbin it came with needs an end glued back on. I am wondering if I should order a new tension thingy or if I can find a bolt to use at the hardware store. And I am not sure if I should put some feed-n-wax on the bobbin first and then glue it, or glue and then feed-n-wax. It’s very dry, and I don’t know how it will affect things.

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BlueKittyMeow

That’s so awesome that you got your wheel! What kind is it? If it’s an ashford or another one of the major brands, somewhere like Paradise Fibers should have decently priced replacement parts. For the bobbin (is completely unsolicited advice okay?) If you put some wood glue at the join and sandwich that in a vice (if you put some cardboard on either end it won’t dent the wood), it will dry just fine. My wheel was from the 80s and I had the same problem with my bobbins.
On your mother of all adjustment, is yours just raised by twisting a knob-like screw? I would think your bolt idea would work fine.

Skulleigh

It’s an Ashford Traditional. Any unsolicited advice is welcome :D I picked up wood glue at the hardware store along with the feed-n-wax last night.

I have to order some more bobbins anyway, so I could get a driveband tension knob at the same time, but I figured a bolt from the hardware store with some sort of drawerpull on it might give me an opportunity to do a fun personalization. But yes, it’s basically a screw with a knob on it.

BlueKittyMeow

I love my ashford traditional. It’s from the 80s (I think 1986) and I really beat up on it (I have to tighten the screws every so often), but it puts up with everything I throw at it. I just looked around and The Woolery has the tension knob for around $7 – http://www.woolery.com/store/pc/Ashford-Parts-Accessories-c108.htm
What is feed-n-wax?

Skulleigh

Thanks! I didn’t think they had the driveband knob, I missed it before! I can’t wait to get it all waxed up and ready to spin :)

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BlueKittyMeow

That’s so awesome that you got your wheel! What kind is it? If it’s an ashford or another one of the major brands, somewhere like Paradise Fibers should have decently priced replacement parts. For the bobbin (is completely unsolicited advice okay?) If you put some wood glue at the join and sandwich that in a vice (if you put some cardboard on either end it won’t dent the wood), it will dry just fine. My wheel was from the 80s and I had the same problem with my bobbins.
On your mother of all adjustment, is yours just raised by twisting a knob-like screw? I would think your bolt idea would work fine.

Skulleigh

It’s an Ashford Traditional. Any unsolicited advice is welcome :D I picked up wood glue at the hardware store along with the feed-n-wax last night.

I have to order some more bobbins anyway, so I could get a driveband tension knob at the same time, but I figured a bolt from the hardware store with some sort of drawerpull on it might give me an opportunity to do a fun personalization. But yes, it’s basically a screw with a knob on it.

BlueKittyMeow

I love my ashford traditional. It’s from the 80s (I think 1986) and I really beat up on it (I have to tighten the screws every so often), but it puts up with everything I throw at it. I just looked around and The Woolery has the tension knob for around $7 – http://www.woolery.com/store/pc/Ashford-Parts-Accessories-c108.htm
What is feed-n-wax?

Skulleigh

Thanks! I didn’t think they had the driveband knob, I missed it before! I can’t wait to get it all waxed up and ready to spin :)

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