Watson Mill - sails, part 5

by brae  

Continuing work on the windmill sails.  It's time to figure out the hub and shaft portion for the sails.  I've developed a hub inspired by the 1:30 scale mill kit by Amati and this windmill build by Penterbak.

I decided to build my hub from styrene (plastic) instead of wood because I worried about longevity and solidity during operation.  I used square tubing from Evergreen, glued in a cross formation using Testors cement.

I will likely add further detailing before painting.  I'm giving some thought to a few ideas. I cut the excess wood from the ends of the whips.  Shims were required to make the whips square where they entered the hub as was sanding to fit, my least favorite phrase in mini making.  :D  However, a tight fit in the hub means no glue or pins are required to keep it all in place.  If I need to replace anything, just pull it apart at the hub.  On the back, I glued a cap cut from round tubing to connect to the shaft.  This is the only place it's a little loose, but I have a couple of ideas for a solution.

The shaft is a 5/16" diameter wood dowel with a hole drilled in the center on one end.

The motor has a threaded shaft, so my friend and I went to the hardware store to find a suitable screw to fit.

Another friend cut the heads from a few of the screws so I could attach one end to the wood shaft, and now I have a few spares for the future (or for the other motor in my stash).

Right now, nothing is glued or taped or pinned, and it works well.  I might add a bit of adhesive later as needed, but I do want the parts easy to separate for transport or replacement.  Interestingly, the inner portion of the square tubing was angled a bit, so the sails are now tipped slightly.  Works in my favor since they are like this in real life.  :]


Comment from: Brezavaqt [Visitor]

Brae!!!! Oh em gee! I love it, it really turns!!! Your work takes my breath away, seriously. I am SO addicted to your site…please, please, PLEASE don’t ever stop sharing!!! (You have actually inspired me to try needlepoint!! And I like it-now that I get it!
Thank you for all of your bright ideas and the most amazing part is that you don’t mind sharing your tricks of the trade!
I just love you!!!!
When are you going to finish the rowhouse/townhouse? For some reason…it seems to be my favorite (after the Newport, of course)!!
All the best…Bre

04/11/17 @ 06:34
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks so much!!! :>>

I do get the itch for the Brownstone, for sure. I think it will be up next, though I do still need to finish the barn as well. :))

04/11/17 @ 06:53
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

I find this build fascinating! (I’ve played the video three times already.) On a different but perhaps related note, what are Gustav’s “likes"? I am curious as to what colours/direction his living quarters will take.

04/11/17 @ 07:07
Comment from: brae [Member]

The plan is to next go through my inspiration files and figure out a decorating direction, so I’ll have to get back to you on that. :)) I’ll be using the fox rug in the upper bedroom, so that’s one element.

04/11/17 @ 07:13
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]

When I first saw the welded polystyrene pieces I thought you had 3d printed the hub & shaft. What a brilliant solution in so many ways! I love the speed of the sails in the video - kind of a lazy river vibe, very relaxing to watch. Can’t wait to see the next chapter! Nice work!

04/11/17 @ 09:17
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

Okay that’s seriously awesome! It looks wonderful and it’s so exciting that it works! Not that I doubted it would, I’ve just never seen this before!

04/11/17 @ 09:18
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Love, love, love! :D
I love the whimsy of this build too :D

04/11/17 @ 10:25
Comment from: Beuregard Pantsworthy III [Visitor]

Jolly Good Show!
It would be exceptional if you broadcast a live feed of the mill in operation at even-ing time, as my observation of its placid graceful turning gave respite to my insomnia.

04/11/17 @ 10:40
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]


I love your solutions for the working….simpler is better…you nailed it.

04/11/17 @ 14:51
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

Oh, it already looks amazing!

I too, thought that you had the hub printed in 3D, and I love the serendipity that gave you the real life angle of the sails.

Like Bre, I hope you go back to the townhouse at some point, but the truth is that whatever you tackle next, I love watching your process, how you come up with solutions to any difficulties you encounter as you go, and how the end result is always better than its (already fantastic) parts.

04/11/17 @ 17:36
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks so much, everyone! :>>

I’m so old school that 3D printing hadn’t even occurred to me. :))

04/11/17 @ 20:58
Comment from: pepper [Visitor]

Those sails are so mesmerizing to watch.
I love this part of your project - when you’re planning and getting everything in place. It looks a million miles away from complete and then BAM! it’s done :) Looking forward to watching the addition of all the detail and landscaping :0)

04/13/17 @ 03:35
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

Now it is time to play for sure! :yes:

04/15/17 @ 08:12

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