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A home-made clay slab roller from old Wettlaufer plans

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Uploaded on Oct 22, 2010

This is a newly completed tabletop clay slab roller from plans originally published in "Getting Into Pots: A basic pottery manual" by George Wettlaufer, and later in Ceramics Monthly (Feb. 1977). After extensive adjustments and fine-tuning of the cables, the slab roller just doesn't seem to function properly - I haven't even rolled a slab yet because it doesn't seem ready.

As others have mentioned, the incoming and outgoing cables tend to get hung up on each other. In addition, as the baseboard gets close to the roller at either edge, the tension from the cables actually pulls the board up toward the roller - this doesn't exactly fill me with confidence about getting even slabs!

Anyone else who's built this model, or is a mechanical whiz, and has some suggestions?

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