How to Restore Antique Spinning Wheels

Updated November 21, 2016

Spinning wheels have a long history of making clothes and other fabrics. However, most people buy their clothes through stores and no longer use spinning wheels. You can always restore one if you are inclined to spin your own fabrics. Finding a spinning wheel can sometimes be difficult, but you can locate them at antique stores, flea markets and auctions. For those who love antiques, a popular way to use spinning wheels is to display them around the house for decorative purposes.

Start by surmising damages to the wheel's finish. Take a fine-grade sandpaper and gently sand damaged areas. Find a wood finish that matches the wheel's original colour. Apply one to two coats and then allow time for it to dry.

Take a cloth rag with wax and coat the wheel. Using the wax will help both to preserve the wood and make a smooth spinning surface.

Use joint-tightening glue if the spinning wheel has a loose leg joint. You might have to sand off excess glue by removing the leg. Once you have done this, apply a thin layer of glue. If you find the joint is loose because the leg is too small, you can simply add packing material in the hole to help it fit. Then add the joint glue.

Look for cracks in the wood. Fill with glue and allow time to dry. Then sand down the area. You will also want to use wax on the area.

Replace the drive band by purchasing a new, adjustable one. They come in a variety of colours or clear. You can customise the drive band by fitting it around your wheel and flyer or the bobbin. Then simply snap it into the position the packaging directions recommends.

Check for missing, rusted or jagged hooks. Purchase replacement flyer hooks from a spinning wheel manufacturer.

Things You'll Need

  • Spinning wheel
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood finish
  • Wax
  • Wood glues
  • Drive band cord
  • Flyer hooks
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Krista Raye is a Steel Magnolia who began writing professionally in 2009 with eHow, Answerbag and Trails. She has 10 years teaching experience in middle and high schools. Raye holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Science in secondary English education and a Master of Arts in adolescent English education.