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Blog entry by htl posted 07-26-2019 11:08 PM 569 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before I glue up the wheel wells I figured it would be a good idea to have the wheels so every thing lines up just right, so it’s wheel making time again.

Here is where I got all my info for making spoke wheels, I do it a little different but this will give you all the info needed, I watched it 10 or more times before it all started to come together.

There’s a hundred ways to do any thing but here’s what’s working for me right now for building spoke wheels.

Drilling out the tires and rims.
I left a 1/16 or so on the bottom to hold it all together as I drill out the spokes.


I did flip it over and cut the rims out of the wood block.

Here’s my marking jig for the spokes, has 60 angles but just need 30 for this project, so mark every other one.

Marking center of rim.

Simple jig to hold the rim as I drill the holes free hand.

Marking which angles get a hole drilled,inside and out.

Then on with the drilling and glue up.

I really love drilling out all the odd angled holes for the tooth picks.

I again used tooth picks for my spokes.
I first drilled the out side rim with a size smaller drill bit than the tooth picks, made it easier to get the holes started and going in the right direction then used a drill bit that was tight for the tooth picks and taped them into place after gluing.

Here are my hole saw drill bit sizes used to make this 2 7/8 wheel.

Making the tire.

I used a 3” and 2 1/8” hole saws to make the tire.

Making the rim.

I didn’t drill all the way throw left about a 1/16” holding the rim together till all the spokes are glued up to hold it together.

I used a 1”OD hole saw to cut out the center this will give me a 7/8 center hub.

For the outer rim I used a 2 1/2”OD and a 1 3/4OD , leave the wood between the cuts for the rim.
The rim is just a tad bigger than the tires inside hole so you can disk sand the rim down to fit in the tire for a great fit.

I then used the hole saw bits larger that the hub to hog out the space between, from 1” to 1 3/4OD.

I hope this will help others make some nice spoke wheels. #4 over and out.

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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 07-27-2019 12:54 AM

the only thing i understand in this blog is making the tire but it is not your fault imma noobienoob :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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htl

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#2 posted 07-27-2019 03:10 AM

Sorry Tony I’m not very good at explaining things with this many steps.
I thought I had taken enough pictures to make it clear.
I guess I leave to many unanswered parts, that’s why I say check out the video with all the steps, and use my picture to fill in some of the things he goes over way to quickly.

Here’s a list of my other spoke blogs.
May help someone wanting to give it a try.

#1 First set a wheels building blog.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/86066

#2 Second set wheels I made.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/123873

#3 My third set but the blog doesn’t tell much about them.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/129542

And Tony I’ve seen to much of your work to ever have imma noobienoob connected with you or your projects!!!

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#3 posted 07-27-2019 10:28 AM

They look fantastic Bruce..well done sir, top job!

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

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#4 posted 07-27-2019 10:46 AM

Great blog and pictures

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#5 posted 07-27-2019 01:47 PM



Sorry Tony I m not very good at explaining things with this many steps.
I thought I had taken enough pictures to make it clear.
I guess I leave to many unanswered parts, that s why I say check out the video with all the steps, and use my picture to fill in some of the things he goes over way to quickly.

Here s a list of my other spoke blogs.
May help someone wanting to give it a try.

#1 First set a wheels building blog.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/86066

#2 Second set wheels I made.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/123873

#3 My third set but the blog doesn t tell much about them.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/129542

And Tony I ve seen to much of your work to ever have imma noobienoob connected with you or your projects!!!

- htl

#4 there is NO reason for you to be sorry I am just a very bad student you are certainly a VERY EXCELLENT TEACHER I just meant my brain cannot comprehend this level of perfection #2 is very clear to me I just dont see myself taking this much time on wheels :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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htl

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#6 posted 07-27-2019 09:45 PM

I just meant my brain cannot comprehend this level of perfection #2 is very clear to me I just dont see myself taking this much time on wheels :<)))))
I see what your getting at, not wanting to put this much time in to making wheels, and I have the same problem when it comes to mirrors and door handles and the like, I’m just not in to them, and that’s fine everyone likes different parts of this addiction.

I have ten hours in to the six wheels and probable 2 more to get them close to done but enjoy the challenge and to me they’re really a pretty quick wheel to make now that I’ve got it figured out.

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htl

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#7 posted 07-27-2019 09:48 PM

Here’s how far I got today.

Just need to disk sand the rims down so they will fit in the tires and I think I’ll flatten out the hub caps a little, then shape shape shape and sand sand sand, and then they should be close to ready.

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#8 posted 07-28-2019 01:03 PM

these are perfect just the way they are your done in my book LOL :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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htl

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#9 posted 07-28-2019 02:33 PM

But1 But!! But!!!
They haven’t even been in the oven yet!!! :<}}}

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#10 posted 07-29-2019 01:01 AM



But1 But!! But!!!
They haven t even been in the oven yet!!! :<}}}

- htl

In the oven Bruce??
What are you cooking up here????

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

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htl

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#11 posted 07-29-2019 02:07 AM

Dinner ain’t done till it’s been cooked.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs https://www.lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/130264

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