how to make a wooden bearing

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  • Can you make a ball bearing out of wood?

  • This instructable will show you how to make a very cool looking ball bearing out of wood. I have always been interested in ball bearings, so I decided to make one my self, and I decided that making one out of metal would be too much like bearings that you can buy, so I chose to make one out of wood.

  • What are wood bearings made of?

  • Wood bearings are made from lubricant-filled maple wood to make it self-lubricating. Wood bearings absorb debris and are ideal for corrosive and abrasive applications where grit, fine contaminants and moisture are present.

  • How do Woodex bearings work?

  • The substance which typically destroys shafts becomes a benign part of the bearing! The wood releases lubricant when the shaft begins to spin and the journal interface heats; when the shaft stops and the journal cools, the natural capillary action of the wood retrieves the lubricant. Woodex bearings are thus permanently lubricated.

  • How important is the hardness of the wood when choosing bearings?

  • It is also worth noting that generally, the harder the wood, the greater its weight and the more difficult it is to work. The oiliness of the wood is a particularly important consideration when the bearings are unlikely (or not intended) to receive lubrication during their service.

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