Wooden Models #289: Playing with the wheels

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by htl posted 04-22-2021 10:12 PM 1324 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 288: grill bonnet and fenders Part 289 of Wooden Models series Part 290: We got 5 wheels »

Playing with some wheels.

I didn’t have anything wide enough so here’s a how2 on what I do for it.
Here I’m gluing up the wood.
After spreading the glue I C clamp it side ways to be sure its flat and matches up then bar clamp at both ends.
The c clamp holds it all in place as the bar clamps get clamped on.

Here using a 3” hole saw to make the out side rubber.

Next drilling out for the wheel rim and axle.
I leave 1/8” at the base to hold the rim and axle together as I drill out for the spokes.
This keeps everything lined up till it’s all glued together.
There’s more info about this in my last spoke wheel build.

On to the marking jig, I am marking out and testing for 18 spokes but we’ll see what happens down the road.

After marking where the spokes will go I center punch the spots and then drill out the holes with a drill bit 2 sizes smaller than the spokes.
This helps to line up ever thing for the bigger bit with out as much wandering bit wise.
You also see where I used one of the cut outs to make a backer so I have some thing to hold the wheel in place for drilling.

Eight holes drilled down and then in the next picture drilling the other angle.

Then nipped off the tooth picks and we get an idea where I’m going with this.

One down 7 more to go. ;-]]]

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

9 comments so far

View crowie's profile


4585 posts in 3035 days

#1 posted 04-23-2021 10:45 AM

Pains taking precision craftsmanship by a master wheel maker, yes, first class Bruce!

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

View edleblanc257's profile


32 posts in 151 days

#2 posted 04-23-2021 12:23 PM

Amazing work!

-- You can lead a horse to water, but don’t look in his mouth! - “Archie Bunker”

View Rich1955's profile


367 posts in 475 days

#3 posted 04-23-2021 01:11 PM

wow, Nice work!

-- Rich

View GR8HUNTER's profile


8423 posts in 1797 days

#4 posted 04-23-2021 04:30 PM

you are the master wheel maker here #4 nice looking wheels :<))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

View htl's profile


5433 posts in 2243 days

#5 posted 04-23-2021 09:30 PM

The spokes are only half way done in these pictures, will look something like this when done, but a ton a work.
They won’t be perfect but will add some interest to an already interesting project.
I spent the day adding 18 more spokes to each rim. lol

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

View crowie's profile


4585 posts in 3035 days

#6 posted 04-23-2021 09:58 PM

Man they look good Bruce but how did you get them chromed so quickly

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

View Dutchy's profile


4099 posts in 3252 days

#7 posted 04-24-2021 08:28 AM

I thought I already had given a comment, but when I went back I saw I didn’t.

I like the way you are making this spokes! Very clever, and I like them.


View toyguy's profile


1758 posts in 4921 days

#8 posted 04-24-2021 11:39 AM

Nice explanation of your technique of spoke wheel making. Well done.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

View htl's profile


5433 posts in 2243 days

#9 posted 04-24-2021 03:02 PM

Yes these are a little different from my last spoked wheels [ they were cross over spoke pattern] as they were for the old fords these I’m trying to make to look more modern with a side by side with a wave to them.
I just counted up the steps for drilling and gluing not counting layout and there’s 262 steps that must be made for one wheel.
Where’s my nerve pills???

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics