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Project by LarryN posted 02-11-2011 12:14 PM 2187 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

needed 16 wheels for this one, cut them out with a circle cutter on my drill press then placed all on a threaded rod chucked in the lathe to sand and keep all the same size. cut groves on table saw then offset the groves when i glued them together. Back in the lathe to sand the treads uniform.

-- Larry, North Carolina





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RandyMorter

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 01:54 PM

Amazing!

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 02:30 PM

This is a wonderful miniature reproduction and very well done.

-- 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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steliart

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#3 posted 02-11-2011 03:04 PM

nice

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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wiswood2

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#4 posted 02-11-2011 08:22 PM

Great job Larry I have sold 3 of them . making the wheels takes as much time as the rest of the tracktor.
KEEP Them Comeing.Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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davegalesr

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 12:28 AM

You’re going to need a bigger one for your new lot – got to move some serious dirt for the house and barn.

-- Dave Gale, Grover, NC

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LarryN

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#6 posted 02-12-2011 01:18 AM

Wheels sure do take awhile to make on this one, hope your geting a good price because those wheels are a pain in the butt hehehe Your right Dave either a bigger one or its going to take a looooong time with this one.

-- Larry, North Carolina

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DYNO360

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#7 posted 02-12-2011 04:36 PM

Great model. Tell me you didn’t “free hand” the cuts on the circular saw. (Just kidding) What kind of jig did you use? Any pictures of it?

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LarryN

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#8 posted 02-12-2011 09:53 PM

The only jig i made for this wad a board i drilled a 5/16 hole in for a dowel to hold the wheel flush with the bottom of the board Dyn0360, then screwed the board to an incra slide i have for the table saw. put pencil marks evenly around the wheel and 1 on the board then just held the wheel tight against board and ran it threw the table saw, moved to the next mark and continued till all 16 wheels were grooved

-- Larry, North Carolina

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devann

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#9 posted 04-18-2011 04:18 PM

A real nice tractor. Thanks for the post and telling how the wheels were done.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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LarryN

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#10 posted 04-18-2011 07:51 PM

Thanks Devann, wheels on this one did take a bit of time, got out my circle cutter and cut 18 circles out of some pine, center drilled them to fit on a 5/16 dowel (i think it was a 5/16 dowel) then made a jig up for the table saw to hold it, nothing more than a board clamped to the miter gage with a hole in it for the dowel that holds the circle flush with table saw top, put marks every 10 degrees set miter gauge at 50 degrees and ran them thru.
then glued slats in the groves, glued 2 of the circles together with slats off set, put them all on a threaded rod and clamped them on the lathe so i could sand the slats down at the same time just a bit to make sure they would all be the same. then drilled half way through each wheel to allow the rim to be inserted.

-- Larry, North Carolina

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