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Forum topic by Cam posted 03-04-2009 04:55 AM 1750 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2009 04:55 AM

I walk to build a baby’s walking wagon for my daughter. I’m just trying to think of how I could make wheels out of wood. I want a pinch free setup that will be made to last for generations. I have maple. I was thinking a hole saw might work. Plane ole round cut outs would work but flashy ideas are much appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-04-2009 05:25 AM

How about a simple jig with a router? Do it half way from both sides with a roundover bit and get a wheel with a rounded tread.

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#2 posted 03-04-2009 08:58 AM

I would think the cross grain area might be trouble lasting generations if it’s for outdoor heavy duty use.

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#3 posted 03-04-2009 05:37 PM

You could always laminate a couple pieces and make the grain perpendicular, make your own plywood sort of thing. Then cut the wheels from that.

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#4 posted 03-04-2009 08:04 PM

I thought of laminating 90 degrees off, but how is that going to stand up in humidity changes? The wood needs to move sideways, doesn’t it?

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#5 posted 03-05-2009 01:08 AM

If you are worried about cracking or chipping the wheels, then you could buy some copper (or thicker aluminium flashing) and band the wheels. Getting the metal a bit smaller would allow you to still shape the outside of the wheels and mostly hide metal. Just chisel out little bit for where the band overlaps so it lays flat and nail the seam. The alternative is to notch the wheel and bend the metal so no sharp edges stick out (still nail it secure).

Depending on how smooth it turns out might affect the use of the walker inside. Good luck.

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