Shop jigs #7: Wheel Making Part 3 Making the rim hole.

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Blog entry by htl posted 02-10-2019 10:06 PM 2274 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Part 3 of our wheel making project.

Having trouble finding the center of the wheel to drill the rim hole?
Here’s the way I get er done.

Have a 3/4 plywood base clamped to the drill press table.
Now drill a 1/4” hole almost through the base and glue in a short wood dowel.
The wheel blanks you have made in another of these blogs will fit over the dowel and be centered.
You can now change the bit to a hole saw or Forstner bit and it will be center of the tire, do not drill all the way through at this time, need to save that dowel center.
A wood clamp works great for holding the tires, some sand paper on the base would help keep the tire from spinning.
Home Depot has a Ryobi Forstner bit set that is just right for our projects $20 or so, it’s biggest bit is a 1 1/8” which works great for the center hole. They do have a bigger bit set but it’s getting up there $$$

Doing it this way your tires can already be treaded.
Sorry no good pictures of this.

If you leave this little bit a wood on the back of the wheel it can be used to drill out the axle hole after the rim is added.

We can now take the rims we made in part one of our wheel making blog and sand them down to fit in the 1 1/8” holes, just be sure you make you rims larger than the holes, need I say more. lol

If you were to add just a bit of and angle while sanding the centers they could be wedged in for a super tight fit I would think, as I’ve never needed to try this.

Now we need the grooves for the tread going the other way.
I use the table saw again and have it set so the treads match up, this will be maybe 1/8 or so so not going to be cutting much wood are we?
I mark on the table saw fence where the center of the blade is then placing a wheel centered to this mark, I will now know where to clamp a stop block behind the wheel.

See those tooth picks for lug nuts, this is done with the jig in part one of our how2’s, remember those extra jig holes we didn’t use well there they are.

Hope this helps and maybe some can add even more help.

There’s a hundred ways to get it done you just need to figure out which one will work for you and the tools at hand.

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#1 posted 02-11-2019 12:53 AM

Great tutorial!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-11-2019 03:33 AM

It’s amazing the detail you make with this procedure. Excellent.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 02-11-2019 12:41 PM

Looking gook I like the pictorial guide.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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