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MrRon

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06-01-2013 10:36 PM

I want to make these wheels from wood. They will be 5-1/2” diameter x 3/4” thick. I need a wood that is hard and won’t warp. The grain needs to be tight so thin sections won’t break.


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dhazelton

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#1 posted 06-01-2013 10:42 PM

” The grain needs to be tight so thin sections won’t break.”

That’s pretty much your answer. You’ll need to find some slow growth ash or oak or maple or any hardwood. I don’t know how many wheels you have to make but you may find some junky antique piece somewhere that you could steal a panel off of. Or laminated wood like some kind of ply would be strong and probably more stable.

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Shawn Masterson

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#2 posted 06-01-2013 10:49 PM

I think I would go for the lam or some B-Birch plywood. What are you intending to do with what looks like a BS drive wheel??

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Buckethead

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#3 posted 06-01-2013 11:21 PM

I have heard that wagon wheels are made from Live Oak. Tight grain…. Haaaard. Durable. Plentiful in Florida. In fact, most downed trees end up in the dump rather than being milled.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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MrRon

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#4 posted 06-01-2013 11:41 PM

I have made them from Baltic Birch in the past. They turned out fine. Just wondering if there was something else that is better. I tried Poplar and they warped (cupped).

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OnlyJustME

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#5 posted 06-01-2013 11:49 PM

could try one of those super dense exotic hardwoods like Ipe or Teak or Ironwood.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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MrRon

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#6 posted 06-02-2013 09:30 PM

If I were to get some tree limbs around 6-8” in diameter and slice off 3/4” thick slabs (bologna style), how stable would the pieces be?

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Lee Barker

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#7 posted 06-02-2013 09:36 PM

They would be stable relative to their moisture content.

The spokes would all be cross grain instead of long grain. Sounds like a dicey result to me. Ply appears to be the answer, whether you glue up your own or go Baltic.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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madts

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#8 posted 06-02-2013 10:25 PM

Plywood, plywood, plywood.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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bondogaposis

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#9 posted 06-02-2013 11:10 PM

I think plywood is the only way to go w/ that design. In order to use solid wood you would have to make individual spokes in the design of old wagon wheels, where the spokes are all long grain.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 06-03-2013 01:14 AM

Those crosscut tree limbs will split, warp, and self destruct!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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MrRon

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#11 posted 06-03-2013 03:49 PM

Baltic Birch it is.

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Cole Tallerman

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#12 posted 06-03-2013 05:17 PM

Glue together a few layers of plywood

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MrRon

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#13 posted 06-04-2013 09:23 PM

Cole Tallerman: I thought about gluing up a few layers. What do you think about this? 3/4” BB has 13 plies. If I take 1/8” BB, which is 3 ply and laminate 6 pieces together, I will end up with 18 plies. 13 ply is already pretty good. Would 18 ply be better?

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OnlyJustME

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#14 posted 06-05-2013 06:14 AM

Try appleply

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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