|Forum topic by HuntleyBill||posted 11-28-2010 05:11 AM||6959 views||1 time favorited||15 replies|
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!
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