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Forum topic by edwood1975 posted 01-24-2015 08:53 PM 1199 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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edwood1975

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01-24-2015 08:53 PM

So I have decided to try and make a wooden toy for my 2 year old son. Obviously I don’t want small parts coming loose.

I am at the stage of fixing the wheel and axel(Below):-

to the main toy body:-

and I don’t want the wheels to fall off and I don’t want any metal and obviously I need the wheels to stay on the axl..

Does anyone have any suggestions???

-- Ed


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jerryminer

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#1 posted 01-24-2015 09:13 PM

Glue?

Axle pins:

axle pins

you may be interested in this discussion:

Axle pins vs. dowels

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#2 posted 01-24-2015 09:39 PM

How about taking a larger dowel and drilling a non through hole diameter of axle dowel and gluing it on to form an axle pin?

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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edwood1975

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#3 posted 01-24-2015 09:45 PM



How about taking a larger dowel and drilling a non through hole diameter of axle dowel and gluing it on to form an axle pin?

- ElChe


That’s a great idea… I have 3/4” dowel and a drill press!!! Disco thanks

-- Ed

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#4 posted 01-24-2015 10:34 PM

Another option is to drill into the side (tread) of the wheel into the axle with an 1/8” bit then tap in and glue in a piece of 1/8” dowel. Sort of like a wood nail. Sand the edge smooth at the wheel and it will never come off. I’ve made dozens of toys this way without a lost tire.

Ron

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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#5 posted 01-24-2015 10:57 PM

You could saw a thin kerf in the end of the axle before installing it in the wheel and then do so with a good quality glue (I like polyurethane glue for this type of work), then hammer in a wooden wedge (perpendicular to the wheels’ grain). Much like hanging a hammer or axe head.

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#6 posted 01-25-2015 02:39 AM

I use the method bigblockyeti suggests. Works well and every time

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#7 posted 01-25-2015 02:42 AM

I am where bigblockyeti is at. Thin kerf, glue it into place, the whole axle and wheel assembly turns. The gallery that I show in, there is a guy who builds childrens toys with a lot of wheels, and that is his standard method, cause I looked trying to knock him off. I decided it was too much work and let him have the business, but that is the successful method he uses.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#8 posted 01-25-2015 02:59 AM

Well I ended drilling a 3/8” hole in a wooden decorative dowel and glued it to the end of the axl… I must say I wasnt sure what it would look like .. But it looks ok

-- Ed

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