How to Make a Spinning Wheel Made of Plywood for a Carnival

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Making a wood carnival wheel for carnivals and other events is a basic woodworking project that anyone can do if they have the correct tools. The wheel is not difficult to make, and can provide hours of entertainment for many different organizations. You can make the wheel any size you want, but the larger the wheel, the heavier it is. This particular version is designed to attach to a wall, but you can purchase a stand to use it as a freestanding wheel if you do not have a wall in the carnival area.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2-inch-thick plywood sheet
  • 1-by-2 plywood boards
  • Table saw
  • Measuring tape
  • 1-inch screws
  • 3-inch screws
  • Power screwdriver
  • Drawing compass
  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • 4, 2-inch washers
  • 2-inch wood bolt
  • Sandpaper
  • ½-inch dowel rods
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Carnival wheel flapper
  • Cut two, 1-inch-thick boards to 2 inches wide and 20 inches long. Cut a third board to 1 1/2 inches wide and 30 inches long. Cut a small board measuring 2 inches wide and 4 inches tall.

  • Cut a square from the plywood sheet measuring 10-by-10 inches.

  • Line the boards up with the two smaller boards on either side of the longer board. Align all the board edges on one side. Screw the plywood square to the three boards using three 1-inch screws equally placed along each board.

  • Screw the small board upright on the top of the center board using a 3-inch screw. This is where the flapper attaches to the wheel.

  • Draw a 28-inch-wide circle onto the plywood sheet using a drawing compass. Cut out the circle using a miter saw.

  • Drill a hole through the center of the circle about 1/2 inch wide. Place two washers onto a 2-inch wood bolt. Fit the bolt through the hole in the center of the circle. Fit two more washers onto the other side of the bolt. Screw the bolt into the center of the base, allowing the wood circle to turn freely.

  • Sand all edges and surfaces of the wheel.

  • Drill several 1/2-inch holes equally spaced around the circumference of the wheel. Fit 1/2-inch dowel rods into the holes. Cut the dowels to a length of about 6 inches.

  • Decorate the wheel as desired. Attach the flapper to the top post to finish the wheel.

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