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Blog entry by Redoak49 posted 04-25-2021 02:12 PM 323 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just read the Blog entry by HTL and it was very informative. I just finished making 8 new spoked wheels and wanted to show my method. I got my start by studying HTL’s previous blogs and then doing a few things differently. My thanks to HTL for his great contributions with informative blogs.

My spoked wheels are made from Maple with Bamboo toothpicks for spokes. The tire portion is stained with a dark brown and the rim and spokes natural.

I follow HTL’s example and make the rim and hub from a single piece of maple by using several different sizes of hole saws and leave the back 1/8” is left on the blank.

The main difference in my method is that HTL drills his spoke holes by hand. I tried doing this but did not have the skill to get them uniform. So, I built a jig to index the blank and get the uniform spacing. The initial set of spokes is drilled with the jig tilted slightly front to back to get spokes to cross. The indexing wheel for this one was set for every 45 degrees. I had some issues with the drill bit sliding on the round surface of the wheel blank and now use a bit that I have sharpened to a point. To help with alignment a slight groove was turned where I want the spoke holes. The bamboo toothpicks are glued using superglue.

To drill the last set of angled spokes, the jig is tilted 20 degrees and holes drilled every 45 degrees.

After all the spokes are glued in place, the blank with spokes is mounted on the lathe and the outside is turned smooth. It is then mounted in a Nova G3 chuck so that the back 1/8”s of the blank can be removed.

I made a total of 8 spoked wheels this time and will choose the best ones for the Model A Ford that I am building.



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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 04-25-2021 02:17 PM

very nice ….. what are they going on ? curious :<)))))

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#2 posted 04-25-2021 02:54 PM

They are going on a Model A Ford Sedan.

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#3 posted 04-25-2021 02:59 PM

Wow, full production ready!

Neat way to make those spoke wheels, old car models just don’t look right without them 8^)

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htl

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#4 posted 04-25-2021 05:46 PM

Nicely done #49
I tried using my wheel jig at an angle on my last set of wheels and the drill bit just had a mind of it’s own and went where it pleased, so gave up and did it the way I know would work but loss the massed producing abilities of the jig. ;-[
Part of this could be because I was using tooth pick which need a smaller bit if I see it right.
And thanks for the acknowledgement much appreciated.

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#5 posted 04-25-2021 07:33 PM



Nicely done #49
I tried using my wheel jig at an angle on my last set of wheels and the drill bit just had a mind of it s own and went where it pleased, so gave up and did it the way I know would work but loss the massed producing abilities of the jig. ;-[
Part of this could be because I was using tooth pick which need a smaller bit if I see it right.
And thanks for the acknowledgement much appreciated.

- htl

The solution for your drill bit is what Redoak did by making the drill bit with a very sharp point. And before you drill the hub and rim you can drill the spoke holes.

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Dutchy

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#6 posted 04-25-2021 07:34 PM

Thanks Redeok for your contribution.

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