Peterbilt truck #1: Wheels

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Blog entry by Dutchy posted 02-03-2015 04:36 PM 6364 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I could have bought the wheels for my new T and J project, but decided to make my own. I prefer wheels from oak (a bought wheel is from beech) because ebonizing and I also I prefer a rim that is separate from the tire. Her you can see how I did it:

First wood selected and signed wheels:

Bandsaw work:

Drilling a hole 35 mm, 11 mm deep:

Turning the wheels a little oversized:

Made a hole 8mm for the axle pegs:

Putting about 10 wheels on a rod for final diameter turning;

Than made with an angle grinder out of HSS steel a wheel profile maker. I have the benefit of a crossing table on my lathe. As you can see below the HSS blanc is mounted in the lathe:

After profiling and sanding 10 fixed wheels:


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#1 posted 02-03-2015 07:48 PM

Very interesting Jan. Your tire making jigs are brilliant. Can’t wait to see your next blog in this series.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 08:23 PM

Thank you Mike.


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#3 posted 02-04-2015 10:20 AM

I like the way you are attacking this. Well done.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 12:00 PM

Thank you Brian.


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#5 posted 08-13-2016 08:02 AM

Sometimes I wish I had room for a wood lathe when I see how easy folk can make things like these beaut wheels…well done “dutchy”.....

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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