Wheel tyre jig

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Project by diggerdelaney posted 07-15-2017 04:52 PM 16470 views 20 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am making a half track at the moment and needed jig to cut the treads on the tyres and finding one that someone had used on there’s thought that I needed one which also had adjustment for wheel size as well as be able to accommodate two different machines. The main carriage has to be turned 180deg depending on which machine was to be used as they protruded out of the clamping pieces by differing amounts. The little dark coloured knob is to set the amount it can be tilted. I also added a magnet from an old disc drive for somewhere to hold the spanner. You can see on the jig a trial piece before committing to the wheels and lastly the completed wheels for which it was made. It took a week to make and everything came out of “I’ll keep that just in case box” I feel it was worth the weeks work as it can also be used on other model/toy projects

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#1 posted 07-15-2017 05:34 PM

An excellent, well made jig.

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#2 posted 07-15-2017 06:00 PM

Having gone through this exercise far too many times then I choose to remember (even if I could), I appreciate any new take on wheel making jigs. The swinging tool holder is quite ingenious, however, in my opinion, your indexer takes the cake. I specifically like indexers that do not require dexterous manipulation of those bloody cumbersome clamps and knobs and rely on self setting at the next index.
Well done diggerd’.

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#3 posted 07-15-2017 06:05 PM

Nicely done and I have some ideas for using this jig. ;<]

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#4 posted 07-15-2017 06:53 PM

looking real cool there Derek, nice set up

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

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#5 posted 07-15-2017 07:14 PM

To use one of our old Southern USA sayings, “That’s slicker than deer guts on a door knob!” : )

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#6 posted 07-15-2017 07:19 PM

Some of you guys absolutely amaze me with innovative solutions. This is awesome

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#7 posted 07-15-2017 07:56 PM

Making me crazy. What you did. Thanks for this wonderful concept.

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#8 posted 07-15-2017 10:01 PM

Superb Derek, It’s come up a treat sir…very well done…

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#9 posted 07-15-2017 10:54 PM

Be proud! This is a great jig you made and it even looks nice!

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#10 posted 07-15-2017 11:03 PM

this deserves a :

sure looks like it makes it really easy to do


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#11 posted 07-15-2017 11:52 PM

That is very clever.

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#12 posted 07-16-2017 12:12 AM

That’s some gnarly looking wheels.
I bet any kid getting one of your toys wears a big grin.

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#13 posted 07-16-2017 12:33 AM

very nicely made. superb engineering and craftsmanship

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#14 posted 07-16-2017 12:56 AM

Hey thats a wheely good Jig I like it!!

A question I see the tyre is two halves, why not just flip the wheel blank and off set the tread pattern and do it in one piece?

Look forward to seeing the half track… Is it a Bren Gun Carrier or a German bike?

-- Regards Robert

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#15 posted 07-16-2017 02:18 AM

Good thinking ,COOL!

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