An adventure in making toys - Old Time Farm Truck #7: Wheels

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Blog entry by George_SA posted 05-25-2015 08:05 PM 32116 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Making the wheels was a bit of a head scratcher. Since I have a lathe I thought about turning the wheels on the lathe. I had a problem however, because I don’t have a chuck for the lathe and I wanted to do some face turning on the wheels just to make them a bit more interesting.

I thought about making a homemade chuck and seeked some advise in the Woodturning forum. I again experienced the brotherhood of LJ’s with quite a bit of good advise. In the end I decided to leave the lathe for another project and attack the problem from another angle and the idea for the Drill Powered Toy Wheel making Lathe was born.

I made two test wheels to see if it would work.

It worked quite well

I cut the wheel blanks with a hole saw and then mounted them to Toy making lathe with a nut and bolt.

I am quite happy with the results.

Test fit to the chassis

I plan to use a wedge in the axle to secure the wheels

The wheels after painting

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#1 posted 05-25-2015 08:11 PM

Ziet er goed uit. Goed gelukt.

Ik heb zaterdag nog een paar (5) wielen gemaakt voor een Jeep zonder draaibank en zonder boormachine. En ook dat ging prima. Dus voor het maken van wielen kun je zonder een draaibank.


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#2 posted 05-25-2015 08:13 PM

In the end making the wheels was much simpler than I thought it would be.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#3 posted 11-01-2016 03:48 AM

A very good idea, that I am going to look into as I need to make a lot of wheels for toy trucks etc and have also been thinking about making a jig so as to get all the wheels looking the same (size & shape)

-- Michael, Timaru - New Zealand

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