Toy Construction #158: New Wheel Making Jig #2 For Angled Treads

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Blog entry by htl posted 10-21-2017 01:04 AM 4763 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After posting my last wheel making jig Duchy posted.

A nice jig, not that sophisticated as Ducky s one, but perfect for his task. Great idea of that saw blade.

How about tractor wheels?
- Dutchy

Here's the first wheel jig blog.
Well here’s another jig pretty close to the other straight tread jig but able to be moved around for different angle treads.

I make a lot more straight treads so will leave the first jig on the wall and build a new one.

Here’s a picture of the type of tread we’re making.

And what it will look like when done.

I should add the whole benefit of these jigs is to be able to just put the jig on the saw and make treads with out having to do a lot of setting things up.
If all your making is one set a wheels the way Toys and Joys will do just fine.

As the pictures will show I set it to an angle I want [Hummer treads] for the left side tread.
I then clamp it down drive in two screws and then drill a couple a 1/4” holes and place some dowels in them so now I will be able to find this angle setting again in seconds.

Then by taking out the screws and doing the same for the right angle I’m all set to make the angled treads for the Hummer and many other treads.

Once the dowel holes are made I can switch from one angle to another in the time it takes to take out 4 screws take out the dowels and then place them in the new hole settings and screw them down.

So the biggest difference from the first jig is adding the wings to the sides, so you have some where to add the dowels and the screws.

The biggest trick to using this jig is getting the center of the tire set with the cut of the saw blade.

Set to make right side treads.

Set to make left side treads.

And here’s the straight cutter jig on the wall.

I didn’t make this big enough for tractor wheels as I’m not planning on building any in the near future but hey you never know, I hadn’t planned on a sub either. LOL

Here's some wheels made with the jig.

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#1 posted 10-21-2017 07:28 AM

You have made this for me? Superb? But I hope others will like it to. Great idea to make the skew adjustment on the outside. In my brain it always has been on the inside. So you can say this idea is out of the box for me. Am I now obligated to do it the same way? I like my own jig very much ;)

Thanks Bruce!


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#2 posted 10-21-2017 10:09 AM

Slick trick looks GOOD!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 10-21-2017 10:28 AM

Neat, I dedicated a small 10” saw just for wheels. Pick on up cheap at trade day. Not building trucks much these days though. For my tractor tires I have other blades.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 10-21-2017 03:01 PM

Didn’t do it for you Dutchy but you did ask.
Been needing a new jig and can’t seem to get up the gumption to start a new truck, car,boat, or what ever so got playing with this here jig.
It’s been in the back of my mind for a while so build it and make room for something else. lol
In my small and I mean small shop there’s only room for one small contractors saw so have to make do, but I love my Dewalt contractors saw so all is good!!!

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#5 posted 10-21-2017 05:37 PM

Really a great jig, very creative thinking. Thanks for sharing. Still working at playing the guitar?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 10-22-2017 01:13 AM

Saw the earlier on and was very interested, will have give it a try as I have did Tremendous Toy trucks templates and it works Ok but this would be much more uniform and easy. Thanks for engineering this device

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 10-22-2017 08:13 PM

Thank you Bruce

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

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