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Old 08-21-2016, 08:55 PM
 
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Default Anatomy of a Paddle Wheel

Here are a few shots of our not-so-secret recipe for making wheel stirrups. Stirrups (for anyone unfamiliar) are the hardware fastening the bucket planks to the wheel arms. We have the tools and equipment here on the Belle to make our own. The first pic shows our anvil (origins unknown) and some round stock threaded on our pipe threading machine (believe me, there is no fun in threading something like this by hand if it isn't necessary). With a decent torch you heat and bend it into the shape you see in the second picture. With a little paint to dress it up, you have a usable part to repair the paddle wheel. These pictures only show a small portion of what's needed for this wheel. We have 24 pieces here, but there are 192 of these total.
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