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Old 02-03-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
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Cool I built a pickup winder







I decided to copy the Stewmac Schatten design. The design itself looks very efficient and useful, even if their winder gets poor reviews for the quality.

I wanted to do this cheap. I tore apart an old printer I had and wound up with 2 18v motors, a 1/4" steel rod, and a 1/2" metal tube(coated with plastic). I also got a gear and rubber pulley out of it. I still needed some parts, so I began to look around and I found them in various stores. I got:

*3 1/4" and 4 1/2" locking collars from HomeDepot.com
*2 1/4" flange bearing from ebay
*1 1/4"x6"x3" aluminum plate from eBay'
*10 normally-open magnet reed switches from eBay
*1 50 ohm pot, some reisistors(22 ohm and 40 ohm), and 1 power plug, 2 switches from Radio Shack.

I had the calculator, MDF, and various other things already. Except for the screws, bolts, and rubber feet, which I bought at Home Depot.

There is a guy on youtube who made a series of videos where he built his own winder based upon the Schatten design. I watched them and used some of his methods. And for the motor mounting plate, I used a Fender pickups baseplate I had lying aorund.

It works pretty great. I mean, I haven't wound anything yet, but I see no reason why it shouldn't work just fine. I modified a calculator I had to make it into a counter by wiring a 1/4" audio cord to the plus button contacts. Then I added a wheel with a magnet inside the winder on the shaft.

Everytime the shaft makes 1 full revolution, the magnet actuates a magnetic reed switch, which then presses the plus key on the calculator. All I have to do is press "1" and it adds 1 with each revolution. My only beef with that is that around 1,400 rpms, the switch fails and stays open, but it should still be fast enough to wind pickups.

For the controls, I have a potentiometer for variable speeds and switch for "high and low gear". I used that switch as a work around since I all I had was a 50 ohm pot, which wasn't enough resistance. It also has a switch for forward/off/reverse. And for the power, I used a 12v power supply I had from a broken external hard drive.

Overall, I'm very happy with this. I poured a good 3 days of work into this, but I also spent way too much time painting it. Probably could have been done in 2 days if I hadn't painted.

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And some pics of the build:








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Old 02-03-2013, 09:11 PM   #3
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:21 PM   #4
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Looks good, have you wound anything yet?
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:40 PM   #5
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Thats pretty cool, hope it works good when you finaly try it
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:41 PM   #6
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Looks good, have you wound anything yet?

No

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Thats pretty cool, hope it works good when you finaly try it

Thanks!
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:44 PM   #7
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What was the aproximate cost of building it? I know the StewMac are pretty expensive and the motors are soposedly pretty crap also.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:56 PM   #8
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What was the aproximate cost of building it? I know the StewMac are pretty expensive and the motors are soposedly pretty crap also.

I estimate that the cost of everything would be around $80. That's the cost of all the parts and the paint, but I didn't pay that much since I already had the MDF and some of the parts. I probably built it for about $50. I could have saved $15 if I didn't buy the paint and primer, but I wanted it to look good.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:07 PM   #9
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Hate it, hate everything about it. You should send it to me so I can properly dispose of it.
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Hate it, hate everything about it. You should send it to me so I can properly dispose of it.

Really, you do that for me? What a pal!

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Old 02-03-2013, 11:01 PM   #11
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Very pretty. I especially like the the brass corners.
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looks schweet!

Build me one?
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Nice indeed. Surprised you didn't find some way of housing that calculator though.
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Nice indeed. Surprised you didn't find some way of housing that calculator though.

He could've put corner protectors on it at the very least
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He could've put corner protectors on it at the very least
And sprayed its ass blue.
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Nice indeed. Surprised you didn't find some way of housing that calculator though.

I thought about it, but I think I might eventually buy a regular counter and mount it in the front, like the Schatten winder has.
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I might attempt this....
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:59 PM   #18
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That is just too cool man!
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warpig, have you thought about using a sewing machine type pedal so you can adjust speed with your foot and have both hands for the winding? Seems like a good idea to me
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warpig, have you thought about using a sewing machine type pedal so you can adjust speed with your foot and have both hands for the winding? Seems like a good idea to me

I have. It would be extremely easy to add something like that, but I'm kinda waiting to see how this setup works for me before spending any more money on it.

That might be pretty soon though, I just realized I took apart a GFS single coil at one point, so I might use the parts from that to test this baby out!
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