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Project by kiefer posted 09-23-2014 03:57 AM 6323 views 35 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.
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 cutter

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 .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 09-23-2014 05:52 AM


You’re on a role. You should start patenting these inventions! Very slick.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 09-23-2014 09:44 AM

You have too much time on your hands! Amazing jig for any shop. Nice project.

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

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#3 posted 09-23-2014 11:58 AM

...I think you just reinvented the wheel. ;-)

Great Idea. – Grandpa Len.
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 09-23-2014 12:33 PM

Nice going ,Klaus!! it makes great threads!!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-23-2014 01:16 PM

Amazing, thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 09-23-2014 01:40 PM

Great job—looks like it would be a pure joy to use.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 09-23-2014 01:55 PM

The making of this wheel is very very interesting. I don’t see any weights around here that have the cut outs like a steering wheel like yours but I will keep a lookout. As I see all of your bench vise and ideas it makes me want to build one more and more. This is something that will be on my winter list. (I hope) Well executed Klaus. That has to have a good grip and feel to it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 09-23-2014 02:03 PM

That is AWESOME and really handy. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 09-23-2014 02:29 PM

Great idea. I have to find some similar weights.

-- Julian

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#10 posted 09-23-2014 03:02 PM

Dave and Julian
The weights came fro Canadian Tire here in Canada and are priced very low so it makes it affordable .
Here is a source in the USA I found with Google search


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 09-23-2014 03:09 PM

Man, you are the Energizer Bunny of shop innovation.
I’ve run out of new ways to express my appreciation of your creative mind.

This is so elegant.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#12 posted 09-23-2014 04:00 PM

That is genius.
I love the manly iron aspect of it too. I will be keeping my eye out for some of those myself.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#13 posted 09-23-2014 04:36 PM

Thanks Klaus. I just looked it up. I can get a 5# for about $7.00. Now I have to get the motivation. Winter time is shop cleaning time for me.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 09-23-2014 08:13 PM

i enjoy this

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#15 posted 09-23-2014 09:26 PM

wowie Klaus this sure gets the job done, always love your creartive posts :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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