not logged in.
           forgot password?

Anatomy of a Paddle Wheel

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 08-21-2016, 08:55 PM
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 160
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.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	anvil and stirrups 2.jpg
Views:	134
Size:	51.8 KB
ID:	9823   Click image for larger version

Name:	painted stirrups.jpg
Views:	141
Size:	53.4 KB
ID:	9824  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Paddle Wheel Skiffs W.R. Dancey River Talk & Cruises 4 07-18-2012 01:34 PM
OK< so we all need a paddle wheel fix Richard Reiff River Talk & Cruises 21 07-31-2010 08:29 PM
Paddle Wheeler Scintillator Mark McCracken Steamboats & History 0 04-27-2010 05:37 PM
Louisville: Big Easy-style party to bid paddle wheeler goodbye Franz Neumeier Save the DELTA QUEEN 1 10-22-2008 10:52 AM
Big Wheel Keeps on Turning... Judy Patsch Steamboats & History 28 10-28-2007 02:17 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:37 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
All content on this site is copyright protected and may not be re-used without written permission.
Bookmark and Share