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Project by bushmaster posted 12-08-2017 06:08 AM 62771 views 35 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the first wood project I worked on when I returned from summer vacation this fall. NOVEMBER.I had lot of time to think about it and was anxious to build it, after I made the wood lathe indexing disc, that you have seen. While I had the rotating table I made a series of wood discs with indents in them of various degrees apart.

the purpose of the jig was to be able to cut grooves in a disc, mainly to cut treads, for toy wheels, accurately and quickly. these indent discs could also be used for other applications. This was the jig I came up with. Very simple but versatile. Picture shows the basic shape, attacked to a base that has runners that fit the grooves in table saw, I can be adjusted to any angle by just re positioning it with two screws

I made the unit with four holes to cut discs up to 6 inches

Ready rod was used for the shaft. I reduced the end where the wheel disc goes to 1/4 inch. two 1/2 nut secure the indent discs.

The spring for the indexing was just a strip if wood, the head of a roofing screw ground to a point on one end, It is just moved to a appropriate height depending which hole the indexing disk is placed

After that, just turn to an indent hole, slide the unit over the saw, and before you know it you are back where you started. Cutting two thin discs here

Cut discs at different angles, put them together to make up a fancy tire design.

This wheel was my first attempt using it, quick and accurate and sure beat the paper template I used before.

For more information and to see it in operation view the following video

I guess the only difficult thing is to make the indexing discs, but where there is a will there is a way. I borrowed a indexing rotating table.

The next post will be of another jig to use these indent discs to do another job.

Thanks for looking, hope this is helpful to the many professional toy makers out there. Wheels make the model.
Comment appreciated

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 12-08-2017 07:18 AM

Great project Brian. I can see lots of other applications for a set of disks like these.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 12-08-2017 07:48 AM

I’m still working with a paper template and I like this idea. Thanks.


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#3 posted 12-08-2017 07:54 AM

Very geniuos invention. I’m always amaized what woodworker would invent to ease and improve it’s work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 12-08-2017 09:18 AM

Now that is cool!

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#5 posted 12-08-2017 11:23 AM

belowand straight between the eyes

-- Regards Robert

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#6 posted 12-08-2017 12:10 PM

Well done, another way to show ’’human skills to make tools
keep on the nice work.

-- andrek

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#7 posted 12-08-2017 12:16 PM

Thank you for a great well thought out jig…..on my list to make

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#8 posted 12-08-2017 12:36 PM

Fantastic idea. Simple and clean. I just might steal your idea, with your approval of course. A long way since my first jigs for making tractor tires. There WAS a lot of hand sanding back then. Great job, my friend.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 12-08-2017 12:51 PM

You’re the man.
Great idea.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 12-08-2017 01:02 PM

Great idea, I might have to try something similar. It would be nice not using the paper version where if I’m not dead on with each cut, I have ruined a decent amount of time. Thanks for sharing!

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#11 posted 12-08-2017 01:37 PM

Very cleaver idea. You just took wheel making to the next level.

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

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#12 posted 12-08-2017 01:49 PM

Wow! This is such a creative jig. You did a wonderful job on this jig and it will payoff in your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 12-08-2017 02:27 PM

Wow! What an Awesome jig! Well done! Hat tip to you!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 12-08-2017 02:28 PM

Ah ha! So that is the plan for the index wheels. That is ingenious, Brian!!!!! Hats off to you on this jig. It is one of the best and most accurate jigs I’ve seen .

Cheers,, Jim

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

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#15 posted 12-08-2017 02:57 PM

Nice jig well thought out and made .
Now I will watch the video .


-- Kiefer

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