The spell checker says tire. LOL
Been holding my breath waiting for Dutchy to blog his wheels and the wait was not wasted a great post.
This will help me out when I start sawing out the treads but first I needed to cut out the wheels to round and so that’s what I did today.
Almost exactly like Jan did it but using different tools to accomplish the same exact thing.
The wheels will be 3” or just shy of that.
I had no idea what size to cut the two out sides and center for the wheels but figured 3/8” and 1/4” wheels felt right hoping Jan gives me a thumbs up on that.
So ripped the wood to 3 1/4” and then resawed them on the table saw.
Cut half way though then flip and cut the rest, then hit the planer to clean it up.
I love harbor freight’s $6 feather boards they really come in handy.
Clamp it down and that’s one part of the cut I don’t have to worry about while resawing.
Glued on the pattern for the tires, band saw close to round, drill a center hole and they’re ready to be sanded to round.
Here where the Shop Smith shines!!!
I made a jig to hold the wheels in place and used the SS’s drill press mod with the sanding disk to shape the tire.
I’m able to sand 4 at once to speed things up a little.
As you can see the jig is bolted to the table saw.
I have a bolt, bolted to the jig to hold the wheels down but loose enough to be able to turn them.
Now turn on the saw and with the drill press mod push the sanding disk as hard or softly as I need to safely sand the tires as I turn them.
This is made possible because the SS has a great depth stop for the drill.
So there they are waiting for the next half of Jans blog.
I was planing on making a jig to use the table saw to cut all the treads at once kinda like Jan did in his Hydraulic crane build but Jan’s using the band saw this time and I think I’ll follow his lead again and use the band saw..
-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.