Shop jigs #3: Wheel making jig Setting it up

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Blog entry by htl posted 10-29-2018 11:47 PM 2088 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A helper post for the tread making jig.

Here is the jig in straight mod but I need angle tire treads so!

Take out the two screws holding the base down, then pull up and turn the frame for angled mod, using the dowels to line everything up, them screw it down so everything stays in place.

I cut off the corner so the fence could get in closer.

I added a stop block at the back of the table saw so i wouldn’t have to think about stopping ,just hit the stop and on we go.

Then we add a screw near the front of the fence for the other stopping point.

Then clamp a board to the fence so the jig will stop just past cutting the groove.

Now it will be stopped both at the front and back swing.

Here are the two types of nobs I use to hold the wheel blanks in place.
The black needs to be screwed all the way the other is way cool and will slip on till it hits the wheel blank then grip the threads. [Thanks Ducky for turning me on to these.] {I think their a ROCKLER part}

Now get an idea where the blade will hit the tire and get it close, but you can fine tune it by making your first cut and raise the blade as needed till you get it right.

Now add a blank, [one at a time in angled mod] I needed to add a spacer at the back so the blade wouldn’t eat up the nob as it came around.

Now add the spacer block at the back to help hold the rod in place, just a quick clamp for this.
Be sure the all thread is level.

The wheel is done.
And you can see why the backer board gets all chewed up.

These tire are for my Bob Cat and the jig has 36 holes on the indicator, as the wheels are so small and I wanted a different look, so just used every other hole to add more space and less tread.
[Most Toys and Joys trucks and the like use the 36 tread grooves.]

Then after you make the right side treads you need to make the lefts, so switch the jig on the base and you’ll need to make some adjustments to the stop blocks.

Your table saw is probable different so you’ll need to figure out what will work for you.
I would guess you could do it with out the stop blocks but you’ll be making many , many cuts so it safer and just easier to use the blocks to me, turns it in to a no brainier for the cuts.

I hope this is helpful and clears up some questions you may have had.

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#1 posted 10-30-2018 01:49 AM

Thank you Bruce

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#2 posted 10-30-2018 03:42 AM

No problem Crowie just trying to be helpful.

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#3 posted 10-30-2018 12:04 PM

I really appreciate you posting the jigs that you use. There are well done blogs and will be very helpful. Next on my project list is a model and learning to make wheels.

I am getting close to completing a Maloof style rocker and wheels are my next.

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#4 posted 10-30-2018 09:13 PM

Here’s a look at my first wheels made with the new jig.
These are 1 1/2” store bought wheels that i cut up for this project.

I would not have been able to make these with my last jig as they were to small.
I used two saw blades to get a thicker groove for the treads.

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#5 posted 11-01-2018 08:35 PM

Ir is looking a lot like the ones I used to operate.

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