Wheel. Of. Fortune
I’ve been dwelling on this idea of a loaded prize wheel. Because there’s something about hitting a jackpot on large wheel that really evokes joy. Joy is something I want to manipulate.
I started on a shoddy mockup for my CNC skill builder.
I started on parts of this in other skill builder assignments. But for this build, I had to rethink material choices. First, I wanted to use MDF. I haven’t worked with MDF much but know that it’s good for consistency. And for the “loaded” part to work, I figure I’ll need uniform weight and precise flatness!
Big, heavy MDF. Need more gym time.
MDF isn’t the friendlist material, so I upgraded my protective gear as well.
Bearing upgrade. The initial lazy susan wasn’t cutting it. So I upgraded to a bearing that can wall mount easily on some speed rail.
Testing the bearing on my old plywood design.
I made some quick cuts based on the previous design and just made sure everything comes together properly.
The wheel! Not as big as I wanted, but the max size for the T-molding I bought.
For the loaded aspect, I started thinking a lot about gears. Gear Generator
Smaller of spur gears.
Larger of the spur gear
Speed rail is my best friend!
MDF edging is a little ugly.
Slotting router bit and test T-molding.
I really want to wall mount this, so I spent a lot of time thinking about how to use speedrail to reinforce everything.*
Falling in Love with Speed Rail
Getting to the Final Assembly!
Testing a high gloss paint I got for cheap at ACE Hardware.
Splurged on T-Molding that can take neopixels!
Making sure I didn’t fuck up the T-Molding with the dowels being too close to the edge.
Rebecca helping me with Typography.
Shreiya helping me with marking up my acrylic logo.
Things I Learned
- dusty and bad for you
- gear generator
- difficulty of getting mechanical advantage
- wall mounting - omg too heavy
- finishing paint job
- lighter weight?
- gear testing