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Toy Construction #160: New Set A Wheels

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Blog entry by htl posted 11-04-2017 10:48 PM 2596 reads 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got my two wheel making jigs made a week or so back but never got around to testing them so it’s time to build some wheels.

Will be making some 3” wheels so cut up some 3/4” & 1” lumber to 3 1/4”, then split the wood into 3/8” and 1/4”.
I use my table saw to split the lumber cutting 1 3/4 or there about then flip and finish splitting the wood, helps keep the hands way from the blade.
This comes out so smooth I don’t bother putting it through the plainer where snipe can get hold of it.
I thought I had pictures but?

Then on to the wheel jig for making the treads.

I want to add here that the straight cutting jig makes 5 treads at a time so way fast but when you start making the angled treads they have to be cut one at a time so way slower but as you can see the angled treads can really jass up at tire.
I just make one of these as a test the tire is really wide, so would need to thin them down for most models.

Making of the jig blog here.

Blog showing my splitting of the lumber and making wheels for the Mack truck.

Here's one of my wheel how to's.

So after all the wood gets shaped on the wheel jig it’s time to get organized.

Just putting them together to see how they match up.

I found that I need a little space between treads so made a jig to shape the edge.
I would usually use the table saw for this but wanted to try something a little different and safer.

I used my wheel shaping jig, just used the Shop Smith and a small sanding drum to get er done.

Next time I will use a finer grit paper for this but it did just fine for now.

I then had to sand all the grooves and then buffed them with this.
It cleans them up nicely.

Then it’s time to glue them up and I don’t show it but I glue up just one tread at a time to be sure to get the treads spaced just right.

Then off to the drill press for sanding and buffing.

We’re getting there.

Now we need to drill out for the rims.

To keep everything trued up I drilled a 1/4 hole in the table which is the same as the wheel axle holes, then place a dowel and tire over this so all my drilling will be center of the tire.

I don’t drill all the way through because I like to use the back to keep everything lined up which is harder once it’s drilled al the way through.

Now using the dowel again to keep everything lined up for drilling out the center.

Now I need to play around with making up some wheel hubs.
Here’s a couple ideas, we’ll see.

The funny thing is I don’t even know what kind of car truck or what these are for.

I should add that both Dutchy and I have other how toe’s on tire and wheel making just do a search and find some great blogs.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs here on Lumber Jocks.. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729



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robscastle

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#1 posted 11-04-2017 11:48 PM

Amazing stuff htl

Not a chip or chunk out of place anwhere, if you didn’t know any better it looks like a real tyre
Your stash reminds me of my mining days and the tyre stock pile at Peak Downs.

The tyres are for Cat coal haulers and are about 3.5m wide and cost about $90 to100K AUD each, so there is a “few” bucks lined up there.

I am off to check out all your blogs, so will report back soon.

-- Regards Rob

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crowie

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#2 posted 11-04-2017 11:49 PM

That’s a huge amount of work Bruce,

BUT WOW what a brilliant result!!!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 11-04-2017 11:52 PM

YES, fantastic job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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htl

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#4 posted 11-04-2017 11:58 PM

Crowie I’ve been trying to find ways to get a great looking wheel with out to much invested but to get the staggered treads you got to put in the time.
Castle they’re no way near perfect but with a new saw blade and take you time they can come out pretty good.
Poplar isn’t the best wood for tires [maple] but that’s what I had on hand and this was only a test but now that their done I need to figure out a project for them to go on. lol

Thanks Hunter!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs here on Lumber Jocks.. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 11-05-2017 12:53 AM

#4, Those staggered treads are the bees knees (in tyre speak).

The beauty of those wheels kept distracting me in the methodology, machinery and jig you used. Might have to come back and read it a few more times. Definitely filed away in my wheel making library.

You keep giving me excuses to envy that SS more and more…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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bushmaster

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#6 posted 11-05-2017 12:55 AM

Thanks for the posting and idea’s you share, will be making an indexed jig similar to yours when I have time to get back in the shop to get more accurate saw cuts.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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htl

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#7 posted 11-05-2017 01:02 AM

Bushmaster
I would have liked to have started out with a smaller saw blade but needed 36 teeth for the Toy and Joys models and had a dewalt blade [7 1/4”] so that was my pattern..
Will be on the out look for a smaller blade and would then use that as my indexer and not a driller out one of wood.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs here on Lumber Jocks.. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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oldrivers

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#8 posted 11-05-2017 01:09 AM

Very Good!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 11-05-2017 03:40 AM

Wow – they turned out great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 11-05-2017 05:42 AM

I believe I will be making your jig soon. The tires look amazing. What blade are you using to cut the kerfs?

-- Sean

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Dutchy

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#11 posted 11-05-2017 07:43 AM

Nice to see and nice to read. Great looking wheels.

A little idea for indexing other than 24 steps. Try to get some old different bicycle gears as supplement to your saw blades.

Another option is to use an old timebelt with is glued around a wooden circle plate.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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htl

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#12 posted 11-05-2017 08:11 AM

Dutchy that would work for sure.
If I was going to be building many more it would pay to get on Ebay and just buy the real thing but what fun is that. lol

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs here on Lumber Jocks.. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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htl

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#13 posted 11-05-2017 08:27 AM

As for the saw blade it was a Diablo 7-1/4 in. 24-Tooth Demo Demon Tracking Point Amped Saw Blade
from Home Depot super sharp and cuts a really flat bottom for such a cheap blade $15.

I usually buy Dewalt blades but this one was looking like it would cut a flat bottom, would have liked more teeth but it worked just fine.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs here on Lumber Jocks.. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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LittleBlackDuck

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#14 posted 11-05-2017 09:30 AM


..., would have liked more teeth but it would just fine.
- htl

Damn #4, How’d you find out about my upcoming full dentures????


... bicycle gears as supplement to your saw blades….

- Dutchy


Hey Dutchy... we in the Western world now have things we call cars....

But not a bad idea!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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htl

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#15 posted 11-05-2017 08:51 AM

Ducky We use the same dentist. :-}

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs here on Lumber Jocks.. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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