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Toy Construction #166: Mag Wheel Making Jig

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Blog entry by htl posted 12-16-2017 12:28 AM 3250 reads 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 165: 34 coupe frame and front end Part 166 of Toy Construction series Part 167: Tires for the Coupe »

After seeing Bushmasters jig making it got me wanting to rethink my mag wheel making jig and this is what I came up with, and I must say it’s much faster and safer to boot.

Using and indexer makes this job so much easier and really a no brainier from now on, just make up your mind how many spokes you want and jig it up.
For even # holes at least. LOL

First I made up some hole blanks, don’t cut them all the way through just enough to have a center hole and the out line for the wheels.
I could have drawn them out but this is faster for me.
I also didn’t drill the center holes all the way through for this project.
Doing it this way there’s no worry’s about them getting out of round ,which I would tend to do if I did this by hand. [Getting in a hurry]

That’s what I love about this jig, before I had to mark where the center hole would be and then for the spokes and the marks I made were not perfect, now mark them with the hole saw place on the jig and everything is just right.

Oo! and one more tip always make one extra of your parts [wheel hub in this case] so if and when you want to make some more you just place the part on the jig and use it to set the jig up for the new parts no measuring needed.

When mass producing something, anything you can do to have less steps or make simpler the better.

This is my indexer for 40 holes but I only need six and you can see where I put marks on the plywood for the holes I need.
I have a plywood base butted up to the fence , I drilled a 1/4” hole, some where near the center and add a 1/4” dowel, you can see it coming up throw the indexer.
Next I slide the indexer and base over till I can drill a hole in one of the 40 holes, this lines the two holes up. Not really needed to be in line but sometime down the road it could help with another project.
This hole will be used for finding you six spokes and needs to be where ever the indexer needs it.

Now we need to decide where we want the holed for the spokes to be and clamp down the base, and put the metal pin in our first of the six indexing holes.

Be sure to clamp the base to the table before you start drilling.

Place your blank over the 1/4” dowel and drill a 3/8” hole for your first hole, it doesn’t matter where it is on the blank.

I’m using a 3/8 drill bit for my spoke holes, you’ll see why later.

Place a 3/8” dowel in the first hole through the blank and into the indexer, this will keep everything lined up as you drill the next five holes using the index holes we marked.


Now we add some shape to the hole drilled with a router bit.

Figure out how deep you want you shape and lock the drill press .

I use a 3/8” bearing on the router bit so it goes in our pre drilled 3/8” holes and guides the bit.

[I guess you really don’t need to use a router bit with a bearing now that we have the indexer but old habits die hard. LOL]

I put the dowel back in to help hold the blank and then with the indexing pin removed route a hole and spin the indexer to the next hole.

Now over to the band saw and cut out the hub.
It doesn’t have to be round cause we’re going to sand it to round.

Now over to the disk sander jig and make the hub fit the tyre inserts.

Some sanding and.

Now hows that for a mag wheel?

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



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bruce317

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#1 posted 12-16-2017 12:45 AM

This is super COOL!!

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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Dutchy

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#2 posted 12-16-2017 12:58 AM

Wheels, wheels, wheels.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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htl

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#3 posted 12-16-2017 01:20 AM

The one thing I need to do is find a better way to sand them, or maybe use better wood.
Always before I use store bought wheels to make my centers but just used poplar for this test run.

One thing I could try is running the drill at a higher speed I had it let at it’s lowest setting.
Thanks Gr#8 you got my brain to working again.

I need to find a smaller brush thingy. LOL
You didn’t know I could read the future did you. GR#8

Here’s a not so good video on the jig.
I know I should shorten them but better this than nota me thinks. LOL

Drilling the holes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZpOk16KItg

Shaping the hub.
https://youtu.be/CBkP2MFPZos

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

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#4 posted 12-16-2017 01:33 AM

are you showing you mount a router bit into drill press ?
and can you clean them up a little better with that brush thingy mounted in DP ?
GREAT LOOK :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 12-16-2017 02:05 AM

Those are some really slick moves to get all that detail! Yes… maybe different wood might work better. Time to experiment!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Redoak49

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#6 posted 12-16-2017 02:17 AM

Absolutely Awesome wheels and jigs.

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GR8HUNTER

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#7 posted 12-16-2017 02:20 AM

sorry about brush thingy but seen it in your other wheel blog ? :<))
PLUS
i never thougth bout put router bit into DP great idea :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 12-16-2017 02:33 AM

very nice, great detail.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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htl

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#9 posted 12-16-2017 02:38 AM

I have never liked getting any closer to a shaper cutter or router bit than I have to GR#8, I guess that’s why I like using the bearing when routing the holes .
I knew exactly what you were talking about when you said brushy thing. 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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#10 posted 12-16-2017 02:45 AM


Those are some really slick moves to get all that detail! Yes… maybe different wood might work better. Time to experiment!
- woodshaver Tony C

Tony I thought that’s what I was doing, but I do like it when an experiment works the first time and I don’t have to make any more. LOL

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

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#11 posted 12-16-2017 03:05 AM

Those are great looking mags #4. You’ll do anything to avoid making tracks (train type).

May I suggest you try maple. A tad more expensive but the results are worth it.

I use a large 8” diameter flapper mounted on a slow speed grinder… while it is large, it’s incredible the tight spots it can get into,

Prior to that, I have used this ball sander (1/4” shank mounted on drill press),

and this make your own sander (also 1/4” shank mounted on drill press),

Another option might be these small sanders (to suit Dremels and such). I’ve never used them but have considered them many times.

PS. With these magical mags, it’s not too hard to imagine your next vehicle build….

-- 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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#12 posted 12-16-2017 03:13 AM

Ducky have you forgotten already the one I’m working on now!!! LOL
Starting the wheels tomorrow.

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

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woodshaver Tony C

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#13 posted 12-16-2017 03:21 AM

Sorry….Should have said… time for more experimenting!
I know you got this… it’s just a matter of time. Close spinning bit’s make me nervous also!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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htl

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#14 posted 12-16-2017 03:54 AM

Nothing to be sorry about Tony!!!
I know you meant well, Just me spouting off and having fun with you guys and gals and even a Duck or two.

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#15 posted 12-16-2017 04:53 AM



Ducky have you forgotten already the one I m working on now!!! LOL
Starting the wheels tomorrow.

- htl


Thought that buggy already had it’s wheels earmarked… gotta see those mags spinning real soon.

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

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