In your history textbook, you’ve probably read of Gandhi Ji and his charkha. Have you ever wished to be transported back in time? Or, in simple words, do you want to learn how to make a charkha working model?
Well, It’s now or never. Let’s go back in time and recreate Gandhi Ji’s renowned charkha, which served as the physical embodiment and emblem of Gandhi’s constructive mission. It symbolized Swadeshi, self-sufficiency, and dependency at the same time. Let’s get our hands dirty. If you want to discover more, continue to read.
If you have all of the essential materials at home, making a charkha functioning model is fairly straightforward. If you wish to create a charkha model at home, you will require the following materials:
- Hot glue gun
- Popsicle sticks
- Wooden base
- Wood pieces
- Nut bolt
- Long toothpick sticks
Steps To Make Charkha Working Model
Now that you have the supplies list let’s get started on making a charkha working model. If you adhere to the guidelines to the letter, making your charkha working model will be a breeze:
Step 1: Take three popsicle sticks and paste their centers so as to form a star-like shape. Create one more copy of this and make holes at the joined centers.
Join the popsicle sticks
Step 2: Then, take a small popsicle stick and make holes at both ends. Also, take a big stick and break it into two parts so that both the parts are equal. Shorten both parts and use sandpaper to straighten the ends.
Shorten the popsicle sticks
Step 3: Now, take a long toothpick stick and insert it into the hole made at the center of the star. Secure the star on the end side of the toothpick with the help of a glue gun.
Pass stick through the hole
Step 4: Take another star and paste it at a distance from the already joint star. Secure it as well.
Pass another star through it
Step 5: Use small sticks to join the ends of the two stars as shown in the picture.
Join the ends
Step 6: Now, take a wooden base and paste two small pieces of wood at distance from each other both at one end of the base. Paste popsicle sticks on both pieces so that the ends of the popsicle sticks match.
Paste wooden pieces
Step 7: Then, insert the charkha piece through the hole at the end of the stick. Repeat the process on the other side as well. Secure the charkha piece with glue.
Secure the charkha with glue
Step 8: Now, take the two small pieces of a popsicle stick and paste them at their front at a distance from one another. Pass a small stick with a nut bolt through the holes in the stick as shown in the picture.
Attach the small sticks to the base
Step 9: Fix a wooden handle at the extra stick coming out from the charkha piece. Pass a thread from both ends and join it.
Fix handle and thread
Step 10: Your Charkha working model is ready to go.
Charkha Working Model
- Be cautious of electric equipment: Keep your eyes open while working with electric equipment like hot glue guns etc. as carelessness can bring you injuries.
- Follow cutting steps carefully: Be attentive as not to cut yourself while using the cutter or scissors etc.
Now you’re free to attempt it on your own. Now is the time to get crafty and feel nostalgic about the olden days. These easy instructions will guide you on how to make a working charkha model. So put up the energy and see what unfolds.
An Indian nuclear physicist, founding director, and professor of physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.