Wagon wheels #1: The Spokes

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 06-08-2012 01:28 AM 7765 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was going to do this all in one, but realized it simply would be too long.

These are for a 28” wheel. You can adjust for any size. I use a 12 spoke wheel. Again by choice. The number of spokes used depended on the size & what they’ll be used for. Buggy wheels didn’t need to be as strong as freight wagons.

I use treated lumber. They can be made of wood. Again it’s what your using it for. I start with 14” pieces. Cut from a 1×8.

All of my spokes are cut on the table saw. I probably don’t need to remind you of safety, close cuts on the saw.

I use a metal jig. Always make sure it doesn’t make contact with blade.

Cut both sides of the point. No change in the jig needs to be made between cuts. These are a 15 degree cut.

first cut I set it to go from 0 to 1/2 off the side. Stack all parts in the same order. This makes it easier for the next cut.

Now reset the jig to 1 inch cut. Remember you have to compensate for the first cut. Be sure to cut on the opposite side from the last cut. Also check the pieces you cut off. It should be roughly the same from both sides.

Now I router them. I use a 3/8 round over bit.I go from the corner of the point to about 1-1/2 inches from the end. I’ll show the reason for this during assembly.

Any questions just holler!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 01:35 AM

Good blog and I am following with interest.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 06-08-2012 01:40 AM

I’m following along and you haven’t lost me so far but those angle jigs that are guided by the fence make me REALLY nervous. I replaced mine with a single runner sled and feel much safer.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 01:58 AM

Oh yes. This may come in handy. Cuz, sooner or later, we’ll be back to horse n buggy. Those rich (explitive) people can stick that fuel up, well, ya know where I’m goin with this

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 06-08-2012 02:59 AM

Curious as to what the end product will be. Guess I missed that part. I am interested in building a bench with wagon wheel on each end. I am definitely interested in your project.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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