Wooden Models #285: Indy Car Scratch build Fair weather tires

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Blog entry by htl posted 05-29-2020 09:21 PM 507 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was told my knobby tires just wouldn’t do so today I made the tires I should have made to start with but just wasn’t sure if this car was going to be worth the extra effort.

So here’s my step by step for making the fair weather tires or slicks.
Scraps of walnut, now I know why I’ve been saving all those useless chunks a wood.

My 2” hole saw makes quick work for the shape, see how I drilled the holes right at the edge of the wood so the saw dust could get out and not bind up the drill.
The block was to thick for the drill so had to drill it out from both ends.

Then off to the disk sander to clean up the edges and make sure their all the same size.

Then needed to cut the blanks all the same length, after figuring out what I needed.
Cutting round stuff can be dangerous so used the band saw with jigs to hold the parts fast as I cut them..
I also use a stop block to keep everything the same.

Next need to drill out the front and back of the tires.
The front will be 1” and the back 7/8”.
I used fastener bits for this as they are the only bits I have this size.
Ryobi has a great bit set at Home Depot for this work.

I need to center the fastener bit to the axle hole so make a jig to hold the tires in place for drilling.

Here I’m centering the jig using a 1/4” drill that fits in the axle holes.

Now I can use the bigger bit as it’s center to the hole.
I use the pliers so the wood doesn’t spin out of my hand.

Then needed a new jig to do the other side as the dowel was to short with the first jig.

I forgot to take pictures of the sanding steps but if you check a couple a blogs back I think I show this being done.

There are a hundred way to get this work done but this is what I use with the tools at hand.
If you have found a better way would love to hear it, so post away. :-]

Well will these tires work for the car now??? lol

#4 over and out!!!

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#1 posted 05-29-2020 09:53 PM

Very nice!

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#2 posted 05-30-2020 06:00 AM

Much nicer tyres.


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