Building wheels and tires is not a one day project, its really one of the biggest part of the build.
If you’ve got ugly tires you’ve got an ugly project, it’s strange how much the tires can make or break a project.
Still in the planing stage right now but can be building the wheel parts till I figure it out.
Now that I’ve got the tires to size it’s time to add the tread and like Jan I’ll be using the band saw.
I made a jig from some scrap 3/4 ply wood with a dowel to hold 5 tires at once.
The dowelwill keep the tires at the right place for the saw and I also am using a stop block to stop the jig at a consistent tread depth.
Like Jan I drilled a hole for a small dowel to keep the 5 wheels in line. [It is hide behind the center pivot dowel]
I thought of hot glue or two sided tape but there’s a lot of clean up going that way, plus when you take them apart there’s the chance of breaking the part.
I turn the wheels with the pattern glued to the top for 36 tread groves.
Since I band sawed the treads first I’m not going to route the shape on the corners this would bugger up the treads.
I will be using the Shop Smith again in drum sander mod to shape the out side edges.
Here again the SS gets er done with easy.
Now when I say with easy you have to remember there are 10 wheels and three parts to the tire so that makes 30 parts to be made and shapes and and and.LOL
I like a fatter tire look for this build that’s why I’m rounding the out side of the tires.
Now we need to notch the center tire part and we’ll use the table saw for this.
I’m using a feather board to keep the tire centered as I turn the part to make the notch.
Ps This is a very shallow notch so not afraid to do it this way.
Now I’m going to have to sand all those groves, want to help???
That’s about all for today but just had to put some tires together and see what different looks can be had with these parts.
I really like the 4 part tire it gives it a fatter look, wish I had made some extra center parts.
What do you all think?
-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.