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Forum topic by HuntleyBill posted 11-28-2010 05:11 AM 6959 views 1 time favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HuntleyBill

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11-28-2010 05:11 AM

The other day I submitted a post asking for help on how to make wooden wheels for toys using a router. I got a lot of responses from several people. You guys are just the best! After reading through all the responses, I realized that I really was not clear on what I wanted to make.

I know that one way to make wheels is with a hole saw, but I wanted something a little more substantial so I am attaching some pictures of what I wanted to do.

PLEASE …if there is a better way to do this, PLEASE tell me. As always, your feedback is most welcome.

Here is a rough sample of what I want to do. This example is a 4 inch wheel. This is just a test wheel using a peice of scrap.

So…I made a jig! All out of scrap wood. I put a 1/4” dowel in the center and slide a 4” square blank on the dowel. Sorry, I used my test wheel instead of a 4” block. I made this wheel using this jig.

I made a center round piece to size the hub and a template with a large hole sized to fit the outer part of the recessed area. The 4 dowels sticking up are to align the top template.

Now, with a straight bit in my router, I set the depth I want, rout all material between template stops, then flip the wheel blank over and repeat for the other side.

I then drilled out the 5 holes in the recessed area. At this point I could round over all the corners…or not..then sand and finish. With this jig, I can make up to a 5 inch wheel. All I need to do is cut more templates with different hole sizes.

Please let me know what you think. If you have a better way, I’d love to hear it. Ideally, I’d like to be able to make consistent wheels as easy as possible.

My next post, hopefully, will be what I’m making with the wheels!

Thanks
Bill

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 03:33 PM

That’s a neat jig for larger wheels. Neat wheel, too.
How do you guide the router in the template? Do you use a collar?
How is the outside diameter achieved?
Thanks,

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 04:07 PM

Looks like a good solution to me. Thanks for posting this!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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HuntleyBill

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 11:50 PM

Hey Gene:
Yes, I use a collar in the router and then use my disk sander to round out the wheel.

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!

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#4 posted 11-29-2010 12:05 AM

why dont you use a circle cutter…do you have a drill press…if so…ive made wheels that way, and they have turned out really nice , perfect for what i wanted…..just my 2 cents…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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HuntleyBill

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#5 posted 11-29-2010 01:11 AM

Yes, I have a circle cutter. How do you cut the inner recessed area with a circle cutter?

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#6 posted 11-29-2010 02:23 AM

yea i forgot about that…i was thinking of using the cuter but the area to be cut out is large…i was just thinking of a single cut..does it do any good to use both..is it any faster to cut out the circles with a circle cutter , then do the rest with your router…maybe not..just an idea not thought all the way through…:)..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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HuntleyBill

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#7 posted 11-29-2010 03:17 AM

I know Grizz. I tried several ways to set up a jig to be able to make these wheels straight and consistent. That is one of the reasons I posted it here. To see if there is a better way.

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!

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grizzman

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#8 posted 11-29-2010 05:34 AM

ok..if your not making a lot of them all at once, could you use the cuter and just keep moving it in closer to take out what you want gone…..but if your wanting to make a bunch that process would be to involving…i wonder if you were going to always make the same size wheel, could you get a custom cutter made for the drill press…, but if your wanting to make all different sizes, then i guess the right jig with the router is probably the right way….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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twokidsnosleep

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#9 posted 11-29-2010 06:53 AM

Ok, wow that is awesome!
I think we should be asking you to do a video and show us that jig in action

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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john

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#10 posted 11-29-2010 03:00 PM

I use a jig from Oak Park to make my wheels . These wheels are 12” diameter . The jig is very easy to use even for me :-) Made in Canada too EH !

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , https://www.facebook.com/groups/extremebirdhouses/

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HuntleyBill

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#11 posted 11-29-2010 04:17 PM

John:
I went to their website. I find NO jig for this application. Do you have more info?

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!

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#12 posted 11-29-2010 05:35 PM

I went and looked it up and no luck so far . It looks like they may of stopped selling them .I am looking into it here !! http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fixtures/12287-oak-park-wheel-jig.html
I guess they had 10 different ones .I have 2 of them

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , https://www.facebook.com/groups/extremebirdhouses/

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Bluepine38

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#13 posted 11-29-2010 05:46 PM

The copyright date on this, if I read it correctly, is in the 1900s, they may have dropped it from their catalog. I notice they still have several circle cutting jigs.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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john

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#14 posted 11-29-2010 05:53 PM

Ya the copyright on mine say 1992 , I got these jigs about 5 years ago from Oak Park in a contest . I would of ordered them all if i knew there were going to discontinue them .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , https://www.facebook.com/groups/extremebirdhouses/

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#15 posted 11-29-2010 06:07 PM

I just talked with someone at Oak Park and i guess they have stopped making them . They did have 12 different designs and sizes but they weren,t getting enough orders and the people making them only wanted to sell them in bulk to Oak Park .
At least i managed to get 2 of them ;-)

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , https://www.facebook.com/groups/extremebirdhouses/

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