Category Archives: DIY

Building a Pottery Wheel


  1. One slightly used treadmill
  2. Netduino or Arduino
  3. Guitar volume pedal
  4. Wires and resistors
  5. Shaft – size 5/8″ or 3/4″?
  6. Bearings
  7. Pulleys


  1. Rip apart treadmill
  2. Pull out motor
  3. Pull out controller board
  4. Pull out console
  5. Wire up everything
  6. Figure out what type of shaft, pulleys and bearings to use


Obsession stage of DIY project

So I’ve been working on a DIY pottery wheel for my daughter and my brain is firmly in obsession stage.

As far as I can tell, here are my mental stages of a project like this:

  • Mild interest
  • Research
  • Initial purchases
  • Frustration
  • Dawning comprehension
  • Obsession
  • Exhaustion
  • Breather
  • Second wind
  • Completion

The last two steps are optional.