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Forum topic by ClayandNancy posted 02-24-2012 03:28 PM 1413 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2012 03:28 PM

I am building a wagon for my daughters wedding. douginaz built a beauty and is where this inspiration comes from. Thanks Doug. Unfortunately the company I got the kit from lost their supplier for the wheels. After some searching to no avail I have decided to make them out of wood.

The wheels are 8” and 10”. I thought I could laminate 3 layers of 1/2” – center piece 1/2” ply and 2 at 1/2” oak at 90 degrees to each other. Circle cut them and cut out for the spokes. Use my router and some profile bit to shape the spokes.

I’ve searched LJ’s and have seen where some have made their own and wondered how they turned out. Any suggestions from the well skilled masses?

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 04:51 AM

Make your wheels as you planned. 3 pieces of 1/2” laminated. Cut the outer diameter, then also make the hub. I would use 5 pieces laminated for the hub. I would also go tho lumber yard and buy 1/2 dowels. They are cheap and save you a lot of work. Drill holes right through the outer ring and slide the dowel through into the hub. cut the dowel flush on outside of wheel. You may be able to find a brass band to go around outside of wheel, this will cover your dowel holes…...
This is just my thoughts….................Happy trails !
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#2 posted 02-28-2012 04:24 PM

Thanks that just might work. I’m not necessarily looking for this to carry a lot of weight or to even be used outside.

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