How to make small wooden wheels for a wooden locomotive and tender

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07-19-2012 05:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: turning wooden wheels toy locomotive lathe carving arts and crafts question

I’m looking for any suggestions for turning small railroad wheels (~1” dia and 1/7” thick) for the tender of a wooden locomotive model that I am building.

I turned wheels of a similar size for the front truck of the locomotive but only got 2 good ones for every 3 or so I turned. Here’s a picture of the front truck of the locomotive.

I need to turn 8 more of for the 2 trucks of the tender but I’m not looking forward to spending 5 or 6 hours making them. It is not so important that they have a particular shape as it is that they all have the same shape.

The first ones were all of basswood, like the rest of the model, but I could use something harder. For strength, the grain has to go across the wheels.

Does anyone have any suggestions for mass producing them?

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