Ready to take your woodworking in a new direction? Try out this working weather vane. Simple woodworking, some turning, and a little metal work combine into a fun project.
While weathervanes aren’t used as much anymore, building one is still an adventure and a fun journey that blends woodworking and metalworking. Sprinkle in a little sculpture and you’ll end up with something like you see here —a creative, fun weathervane for your home, garden, or even your barn. One of my favorite things about this weathervane is the ability to change the design. Here, I’ll walk you through how we built this one. But, half of the enjoyment of woodworking is making something your own. So feel free to take liberties and customize your weathervane. As far as our weathervane goes, there are some great techniques here. The stars and directions are made from brass. They’re simple to do and you’ll get some soldering practice in. The arrow and moon involve some free-forming with hand tools. And maybe my favorite part is the sphere. It’s a blast to do on the lathe using either a jig, or a cool technique using a light and shadows. So sharpen your pencils, get your creative juices flowing, and let’s get started.
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What You Get:
- 23 pages of step-by-step instructions
- Over 60 full-color photos and illustrations and exploded views
- Hardware sources and materials list
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.
All of the information that you need to build our plans can be found in the standard plan. However, if you want even more granular detail to make your job easier, you should consider our premium plans. These come with additional shop diagrams that we drew when creating the prototypes. Shop drawings are not available for every plan.