How to Build a Water Wheel Pump

Knowing how to build a water wheel pump goes a long way towards helping you automate tasks like pumping water and pulverizing grain. Here are the things you’ll need.

Required Tools and Materials

  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Buckets
  • Sewing pins
  • Ruler
  • Wood planks
  • Saw
  • Pencil or pen
  • Protractor
  • Skewer (wood)

Create the Paddles

Use the ruler to draw a line on a wood plank. The line must be set a couple of inches from the edge of the board. Segregate this into ten equal parts.

Take the protractor and make a couple of circles. Make a note of the center as it will be the axle. Remember that the size must be in accordance with the wheel you’re making. If you build a water wheel pump without the right proportion, there will be no balance.

Create the Stand

Cut two triangular shapes from the wood boards. Add a wood beam for further support. Make sure that there are grooves in the stand to fit the wheel. The height is up to you.

Create the Sides and Wheels

Now take the wood board with the ten spaces you marked. Cut them with a saw. Cut the circles as well. Be certain they are cut as accurately as possible.

Put the Paddles in Place

Take the paddles and put them on the wheel. Set each one at 40 degrees in between the wheels. Before you continue to build a water wheel pump, you must stick the paddles first. Use wood glue. Now put the wood skewer at the center point of the wheels you just made.

Put the Stand and Wheels Together

Carry the wheels and put it on top of the stand you created. You can now put buckets there. The bucket size depends on how big the wheel is.

Tips and Warnings

Take careful note of the stand. If you are making a large wheel, the base must be robust enough to carry it. That is the reason for the support beams. Some would even create a separate foundation for the stand to be set on.

As always, you should be careful when you build a water wheel pump. Never hurry when cutting the wood boards. When nailing the stand, be careful not to hit your fingers. Although this isn’t as work intensive as other projects, it’s still a good idea to wear gloves.

Test the utility first before actually using it. Set the structure under a faucet. Turn it on. If the wheel spins when the water flows into it, you’ve done it right. To avoid problems, make sure you cut according to the measurements you made on the protractor.

You can make a handle if you like. Take a carton and makes holes on the top part. Put a string around it. Put the longer part on the axle. This handle is however, only optional.

From filtering water to pulverizing granules, you will get a lot of benefits when you build a water wheel pump. It isn’t even hard to do, as you can tell your friends when they ask how you made the object.