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Toy costruction #85: Fat Wheels For The Low Boy Trailer

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Blog entry by htl posted 07-19-2016 09:19 PM 934 reads 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got it in my head to make the center wheels for the low boy.
I needed some 3/4” oak but found some nice 1”, so started making the wheels and as I was getting half way though it hit me I was not making the center wheels for the trailer but was making some fat boy tires I had been thinking about making.
So the tires may not fit the trailer but hey I like making tires so???

NOTE: There’s really nothing new here just what I did to make these wheels.

Here’s some tire making pictures, using some different shapes so well look just a tad different trying to get the sides looking a little rounder.

I used the hole saw to drill out the axle hole and this also marks the shape for the band saw.
I could have used the hole saw but will be sanding them round and to size so use the band saw it’s faster.


Just showing the axle hole.

Then to the band saw to cut things out.
There’s no need to get real close the sander will fix that.

Then of the the disk sander and the wheel jig.

Now over to the drill press to drill out the center.
I have some store bought 1 1/2” wheels that I use for the centers and found a hole saw blade that just cuts the perfect hole for them to fit without having to sand them, way cool.

Now drilling the shape for the mag wheel rims. 1/4” bit

Now drilling holes for the lug nuts.

I didn’t take any pictures of the shaping of the wheels took quite a bit a time figuring the look I want.
Playing with the idea of having the sides rounded just a little but that will be tomorrow’s project.

After routing them off to the table saw for some treads.
These are supposed to be for the trailer so a simple tread pattern.
The feather board keeps it from moving sideways and if you look close it also keeps it in place near the center of the blade.
The tire pushes against one tooth of the feather board.

So here’s the tires, then off to the black bath.
Is this where black Duckys come from???

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.



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crowie

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#1 posted 07-19-2016 10:00 PM

What a top tutorial Bruce, THANK YOU…...

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

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#2 posted 07-19-2016 11:07 PM

very nice tutorial …..... they some very cool mag looking wheels …..... GREAT JOB

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

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#3 posted 07-20-2016 02:31 AM

Great tute #4.

Nice shot of the SS. Fist time I’ve seen it in full view.. like the “moving sled”. Might consider something like that for my lathe…


So the tires may not fit the trailer but hey I like making tires so???

- htl

Why shouldn’t you like something you excel at?? (Not detracting from the rest of the build…)



Ingenious way of treading the tyres. Do you free hand rotate or is there a “pivot guide” hidden?
Is all the action at just one end of the feather board (filed tooth end) and the 2nd wheel used for spacing purposes?

PS.


Is this where black Duckys come from???

- htl


Yes. As we all know, enonizers are made with vinegar and iron… That’s why I drink a lot of vino waiting for it to turn to vinegar and I chew my nails… I was born a paleface…

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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htl

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#4 posted 07-20-2016 04:30 AM

Sorry the tire closest to us would not be there while cutting the grooves in the tire by the 3m tape.
You can see the line on the fence which shows where the center of the blade is.
I’m rolling the tire with my hands.
I’m putting pressure against the top of the tire and also keeping it against the fence. You have to remember I’m only cutting a 1/8” groove with a very narrow 40 tooth dewalt 71/2” blade.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#5 posted 07-20-2016 10:25 AM

Only part I don’t like is that hand rotation of the tire groves. More great ideas on tire making though.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 07-20-2016 10:59 AM

Sorry #4 (Bruce that is not the # of fingers), was gonna agree with h’71, however, carefully evaluating the chance of kickback (which was my initial concern in my previous query) would be probably zero with the 1/8” groove. But I accidentally hit post while I was considering what I typed and as we now know, post can’t be un-posted but fortunately revised.
I love the concept but would personally be much more comfortable rotating on a pivot if for no other reason than constant depth/displacement. I again cuss you cause it’s a bloody good idea and I will probably use it, but as I’ve said before, blade change out on my table saw is a pain. A thin kerf blade doesn’t make it any easier.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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htl

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#7 posted 07-20-2016 12:44 PM

The first time I used this idea I clamped a block in front of the wheels but it made it hard to hold the tire and spin it which really was not as comfortable as the way I do it now.
Whats funny to me is I see videos of wood workers routing small tires with their hands and are an inch away from the blade.
I think one other thing to keep in mind is the size of the fence, on my saw it’s quite short and thin so much easier to get hold of the part and can put the palm of my hand on the top of the fence..

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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htl

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#8 posted 07-20-2016 05:56 PM

Here’s a video of the tires tread being cut.
The table saw was still set up for it so not a problem.

I was going to set up the tripod but just tried it by hand first and it worked.

http://vid1273.photobucket.com/albums/y409/heretolearn7/MVI_3119_zpsialqq9nr.mp4

As you can see my hand never gets near the saw and the feather board is holding the wheel up against the fence and keeps it from moving forward.

Without flash.

With it.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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SouthavenToyMaker

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#9 posted 07-21-2016 02:34 AM

Wheels look great, they are going to make the trailer stand out. Thanks for sharing.

-- Is "Good Enough " really ever good enough?

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 07-21-2016 03:00 AM


Here s a video of the tires tread being cut.

- htl


Thx #4, great demo and certainly clears up any apprehensions I had. You do go to great level to please us Philistines… even the feathered aquatic ones…

BTW. I rescinded my thought about danger in the initial post… But camera in one hand and sawing with the other… that is flirting, even for a hand model. Bet your tri-pod had 4 legs… once…

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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htl

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#11 posted 07-21-2016 03:39 AM

Ducky the wheel had already been cut so there was no cutting, but there’s also no room for two hand in this operation.
I should add that I first did this without the feather board and it worked fine just wanted to be sure the tire stays next to the fence for a good tread.
Right after that I made a jig that had an axle running through the wheel but it just made thing extra complicated for this 1/8” cut.

Look at the video again and you see that I had to force the tire down between the fence and feather board.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Dutchy

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#12 posted 07-25-2016 08:42 PM

Wheels, wheels and wheels. Always time consumers. Nice black ones!

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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htl

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#13 posted 07-25-2016 08:53 PM

But we love making wheels don’t we Dutchy???

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#14 posted 07-25-2016 09:12 PM

I like the tires on James dunebuggy …....... you make some neat wheels Bruce

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

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htl

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#15 posted 07-25-2016 09:25 PM

Hunter give me a link I can’t seem to find it.
Did I miss it or what???

Are you talking about this?
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l150/jamest59/buggy%20003_zpsh1xhyvs9.jpg

Them wheels would really throw up some mud and sand. LOL
Now that is one cute and fun looking build.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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