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A friend of mine bought an old British car that has a laminated wooden steering wheel that needs replacing. It is made of laminated mahogany. It is 16 inches in diameter. Has anyone ever made one? Just the outer perimeter of the wheel…not the whole wheel! I could use some feedback….tks

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"



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spaids

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#1 posted 1863 days ago

I haven’t but there is a guy here in st louis who has but I can’t get him on lumberjocks. He is on woodnet and has no interest in adding another site to his bucket. (weird I know) There are several to be found on woodnet.

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lew

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#2 posted 1863 days ago

DaveR (The Sketchup Guy) made a boat steering wheel.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1863 days ago

I made one.I think the one I made was for a 1918 model T. I made the steering wheel by laminating the strips together so it would be large enough for the inside and outside diameter. I then glued some half lapped fir strips in the middle forming an x . Next I found the center and attached my trammel arm with router. after routing the outside circle , I then used round over bits to shape the outside edge. after the outside was to shape I then did a plunge on the inside diameter skipping over the cross members for the most part and then rounding over the the inside. after that I jig sawed the cross member of and then rasped and rounded over with my router table the areas were the cross members were connected.

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prez

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#4 posted 1862 days ago

Thanks guys….went to woodnet but couldn’t find anything (maybe not looking in right area)....
A1Jim…..good idea with the lapped fir….did you bend the laminated strips and if so, how?
I’m thinking I have to make a circular mold 16” in diameter….then build up strips from there….that make sense?? or is there an easier way….

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1862 days ago

Hey George
My approach was similar to what bentlyj shows and if I remember right I used 1/8” strips that each layer overlapped the previous layer. There’s nothing wrong with DaveR s method a little more time consuming and a little more difficult to clamp. Ultimately you will have a strong steering wheel ether way. It will depend on what surface you want the lamination’s to show. Having owned a antique auto restoration business I’ve seen a number of approaches to the wood steering wheels, segmented and joined together,steam bent . laminated, wood over metal frames.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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prez

344 posts in 2009 days


#6 posted 1862 days ago

A1Jim….the wheel is a “wood over metal frame”.....
but getting good ideas….
if I decide to build it…it’ll be a good “project” for LJ’s to enjoy…
pics will follow….

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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hootr

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#7 posted 1862 days ago

Don’t know if this will help but i made a bending frame on 3/4 baltic birch, 2” angle iron spaced 1” apart on a 36” dia circle, used 1/8 ” slats and c-clamps
i only did a half circle as they were for awnings, i’ll post them as a project cause i don’t know how to get pics here
i think you could down size it to work for the circle
don’t know about joining the halves

-- Ron, Missouri

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