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Project by bushmaster posted 01-16-2014 03:36 AM 1422 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Modification of simple toy wheel, to where I think they look allot better. I carried it one step further than my last toy post. Painting black before. I machined the center rim and hub. I made a simple jig to drill the hole more accurate but after ruining several wheels I wondered about that. The first set I spaced by eye. I am not sure whether they look better on the models that the unpainted ones. Any opinions.

Now I am confused, don’t know which way to go. Maybe I should try and compromise, try a wood stain.That still qualifies for the all wood look but yet looks like a tire. Thanks for the opinions and the idea.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia





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jbschutz

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 04:08 AM

I really like the improved wheels, but I vote for the unpainted version; they look great with your cars.

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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bushmaster

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 04:12 AM

I kinda thought the that too. Saves work too. paint get messy.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Hawaiilad

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 05:31 AM

Great idea, but I go for the nat’l look. For some reason the raw wheel car looks very rich.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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lanwater

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 05:44 AM

When I saw the project picture I thought why on earth someone is posting plastic wheel.

Man those look real!!!

I would go for the black ones.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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JanKrompan1

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 09:13 AM

You gave me a good idea to make my own wheels Brian. I am going to make my grandson a truck out of 3 mm wire and will use a set of wheels like yours. Thank you for sharing.

-- Jan, Free State Province, South Africa

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hunter71

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#6 posted 01-16-2014 11:54 AM

I have made wheels and re-made off the shelf wheels for years. The wheel / tire adds so much to the finished project I think. Thanks for sharing.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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hunter71

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#7 posted 01-16-2014 11:56 AM

I have made wheels and re-made off the shelf wheels for years. The wheel / tire adds so much to the finished project I think. Thanks for sharing.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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rtbrmb

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#8 posted 01-16-2014 11:58 AM

Very creative but I actually think both look great. It really dresses up the vehicles & sets them apart from the others.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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nayo

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#9 posted 01-16-2014 01:48 PM

tough i dont like when clients asked me for paint in their commissions, i think i will go for the painted wheels. to me they work better and as they are not completely covered, you still can tell that are wooden wheels.

one thing, i will keep the jig but just for the marking, like using with a 1/16 or 1/8 drill bit jut to mark the spaces, then i will use a forstner bit to drill the actual hole. i will try that and see if it works.

thank you for putting our little brains to keep improving our toys!

N.

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bushmaster

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#10 posted 01-16-2014 03:29 PM

nayo I am not sure I understand your method or idea. I used 5/64 drill for the holes. forester bits are not that small. Next ones I will use 3/16. The other bit was just in drill press when I was experimiting. I lathe the rim of the wheel and then drill the small holes. It takes about 30 sec. to modify the wheel on the metal lathe and a minute to drill the holes.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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bushmaster

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#11 posted 01-16-2014 03:34 PM

These wheels look abit dirty. I used just regular spray paint I had, then used wipe on poly. Black rubbed off on rim. I will try fast drying lacquer and clear spray. I think this would brighten future ones up. I like the wipe on poly for the body, easy and one can goes along way.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Gary

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#12 posted 01-16-2014 04:28 PM

Great wheels. I like the painted wheel; it seems to add even more realism.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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ralbuck

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#13 posted 01-16-2014 05:23 PM

Well, I am of the group that like your beautiful toy vehicles—just all wood look!

Now some of mine NEED paint!

I thnk that the painted ones should go on colored toys and leave plain wood on plain wood!

Your work is fantastic either way.

I really like the pickup.

-- just rjR

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HillbillyShooter

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#14 posted 01-16-2014 05:41 PM

Your improved wheels are really neat; but, for the natural, all wood grain models you build, I definitely like the unpainted version the best.

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

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sweetsaw

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#15 posted 01-16-2014 09:44 PM

Thanks for sharing ,you got me thinking.

-- Doyle, OHIO

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