|Project by kiefer||posted 09-23-2014 03:57 AM||6533 views||35 times favorited||19 comments|
This is an affordable hand wheel I came up with it is made from a 5lb weight lifting weight and a hardwood hub that is bolted to it ,found this source for you in the USA.http://www.walmart.com/search/?query=rubber%20olympic%20plates
The hardwood lamination that I used for this had some voids because I used hardwood flooring that I laminated and the grooves on the backside showed so I covered the hub with leather and it gave it a nice look and feel .
I include a bunch of pictures that should make it easy to follow the build process .
I made a thread cutter or tap from a piece of ACME rod and two counter locked nuts , it worked well producing a nice clean thread as you can see from the cut away picture .to start the cutter I used a block that is drilled to the same diameter of the Acme rod and guides the cutter to ensure that it is perpendicular to the hub face .
I simply drilled the wheel which is cast iron and transferred the hole pattern onto the hub with a bolt ground to a point and and used a socket to centre the rod to the bore in the wheel and drilled and tapped the holes in the hub .
The ACME rod that I will be using will have a slot cut in the end and a steel key will lock it in the slot cut into the hub giving it a solid connection ,this is something that I can make with the tools I have and don’t have to get done by a machinist .
I made a slightly larger wheel like this for my TAIL-GAP-END VISE that I posted recently and was so impressed with it that I decided to make these two for an upcoming project .
I included a picture of the vise at the end .
So here is the sequence of the build in pictures and if there are any questions let me know .
The guide block
The hub blank clamped in my Kiefer leg vise to start the cutter.
Nice perpendicular threads .
Cut away sample looking good spins good but not loose on the rod .
Using my disk sander and jig ( previous post ) to sand the hub after band sawing .
Making the bolt holes with the hub spun on the rod and the wheel centered with a socket that fits tight in the wheel hole and a bolt ground down to a tip to mark the hole centres.
Drilled and tapped hub.
The end of the rod slotted and the key which will fit into a corresponding slot in the huh and will be held down by the wheel when it gets bolted to the hub .
The complete assembly .
Total cost $7.00 plus some wood and leather scraps from the bin and a whole lot of fun .
The handwheel I made for the vise ,what an improvement and joy to use joy to use and way faster than the old stick handle .