Toy Construction #5: Crane Tower day 3&4

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Blog entry by htl posted 12-17-2015 02:03 AM 3538 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Making wheels
I’ve never really took time to make any wheels for my toys so it’s a great time to learn what I can do with the few tool I have.
I cut out the wheels with a hole saw then made a jig to sand them smooth and round.
I made a jig to cut out the tread and used the router but the treads would need a ton a sanding so using the same jig I tried it on the table saw and with a skill saw thin cut blade they turned out with a much cleaner tread.

Drilled out the center of the wheel for axle cover and lug bolts.
I first drilled the lug bolts into the wheel it self but there was no way to get the center of the hole sanded good enough and the small lug bolts all the same so drilled it out deeper and put an insert with the bolts on it. Much cleaner look.

I found this pattern on the web and set my printer to put 12 or more pages on the same paper and got just the size I needed for the wheels.
Drilling out for the lug bolts on the wheel.
I made the first one I made a pattern and used tooth picks to keep them aligned as I drilled, double side tape would have been better but didn’t have any.

I made 17 wheels in all. 4 I used for testing out my different jigs and ended up with 13 usable wheels.

When I was building doll houses I asked my wife to buy me a box a tooth picks and she brought home 4 boxes, well she done good cause I’ve found a use for them, they make great lug bolts.

Well here’s what two days of playing with wheel parts got done.
I guess I should say 3 days cause that’s just one wheel near finished still have to get the rest up to snuff.
Had a ball figuring these out.

Here’s the difference between home made and store bought.
Bigger badder and Heavy Duty for the tower crane. lol
Well have 4 extra wheel for some other project???

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#1 posted 12-17-2015 02:37 AM

With the tooth picks in there they look like torture devices. Nice job, makes me wish I was a kid again.

-- Brian Noel

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#2 posted 12-17-2015 02:46 AM

bearkatwood it was torture drilling all them little bitty holes then gluing it all up with out getting glue all over every thing. lol
Thank for looking in.

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#3 posted 12-17-2015 07:58 AM

How long is the brake stopping distance?


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#4 posted 12-17-2015 02:01 PM

I would guess till you smell wood burning. lol

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#5 posted 12-18-2015 02:43 AM

Some great Ideas there looking good I wish I was more computer savvy
I would wonder if you could glue some sandpaper on a disc and sand all the toothpics at one time before gluing in the center hub?

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#6 posted 12-18-2015 04:08 AM

Dee1 you got it right I nipped off the long tooth picks then used a disk sander to get them just right.
Thanks for checking it out.

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#7 posted 12-19-2015 09:16 PM

Getting close to being done.
But it’s to cooled in the shop today. :[

And here’s the lumber for my next toy.
Toys and Joys Excavator, walnut and sassafras, I can smell the root beer already. yahoo!!!

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