I see that there are a couple of threads on here about home-made wheels and thought I would take the opportunity to pick people's brains.
I'm fairly handy and creative (aren't we all!) so I've been considering making a wheel as an alternative to buying one. I've never spun by wheel, though, so I'd be flying a bit by the seat of my pants when it came to how things should work.
Has anyone ever built one of the upright styles of wheels, either from a kit or from plans? I'd like to go as small as I can because I'll be living in tight quarters for a while, and uprights look like they'll take up less space. I know that a bigger fly wheel allows more twist/finer yarn, and I'd love to be able to make fine yarn, but I simply don't have room so I'm thinking of a smaller wheel.
Also, I'm not really sure how the treadle runs the wheel - is the drive mechanism rigid or cord? a cord mechanism would be easier to build but I'm not sure how it would work - I can think my way through how a rigid mechanism would work but it would be awkward to build and implement.