Wheel of Death

Have you ever seen the knife throwers that tie a person to a spinning wheel and then proceed to throw knives at them as they’re spinning around?  Ever wonder what happens when they’re not very accurate throwers?

The Wheel of Death prop created for The Haunted Driveway is a six foot diameter wheel that spins around with a skeleton, or whatever else you decide to tie to it.  If you make it heavy duty enough you can even strap an actor to it (warning: DO NOT throw knives at people!).  It’s an eye catching prop that will take a little bit of effort to create, but it has a gruesome potential that is limited only by your imagination.



Items needed to complete this include:

  • Two full size sheets of 1/2 inch plywood
  • (6) 2 X 4 boards that are eight feet long
  • (1) 8 X 6 board that is 8 feet long
  • (6) 3/8 X 4 inch Carriage bolts
  • (6) 3/8 inch nuts to fit the Carriage bolts
  • 6 inch lazy susan
  • (2) Ball bearings that fit a 5/8 inch rod and they should have tabs so you can attach them to the  face of the wood
  • 5/8 inch rod 16 inches long
  • (1) 6 inch diameter V-belt wheel that fits a 5/8 shaft
  • (1) 2 inch diameter V-belt wheel that fits a 5/8 shaft (this will fit on to the motor if the motor has a 5/8 shaft, if not get a different size that will fit)
  • V-belt around a foot long
  • (4) 1/4 inch bolts that are 2 inches long and washer and locking nuts for the blots
  • A gear motor around 35 RPM and 1/8 hp will do the trick