Toy Construction #26: Tires day 2.

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Blog entry by htl posted 03-14-2016 12:59 AM 2685 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 25: Making Tires or is it Tyres. LOL Part 26 of Toy Construction series Part 27: Tires time 3 »

Building wheels and tires is not a one day project, its really one of the biggest part of the build.
If you’ve got ugly tires you’ve got an ugly project, it’s strange how much the tires can make or break a project.
Still in the planing stage right now but can be building the wheel parts till I figure it out.

Now that I’ve got the tires to size it’s time to add the tread and like Jan I’ll be using the band saw.
I made a jig from some scrap 3/4 ply wood with a dowel to hold 5 tires at once.
The dowelwill keep the tires at the right place for the saw and I also am using a stop block to stop the jig at a consistent tread depth.
Like Jan I drilled a hole for a small dowel to keep the 5 wheels in line. [It is hide behind the center pivot dowel]
I thought of hot glue or two sided tape but there’s a lot of clean up going that way, plus when you take them apart there’s the chance of breaking the part.
I turn the wheels with the pattern glued to the top for 36 tread groves.

Since I band sawed the treads first I’m not going to route the shape on the corners this would bugger up the treads.
I will be using the Shop Smith again in drum sander mod to shape the out side edges.
Here again the SS gets er done with easy.
Now when I say with easy you have to remember there are 10 wheels and three parts to the tire so that makes 30 parts to be made and shapes and and and.LOL
I like a fatter tire look for this build that’s why I’m rounding the out side of the tires.

Now we need to notch the center tire part and we’ll use the table saw for this.
I’m using a feather board to keep the tire centered as I turn the part to make the notch.
Ps This is a very shallow notch so not afraid to do it this way.

Now I’m going to have to sand all those groves, want to help???

That’s about all for today but just had to put some tires together and see what different looks can be had with these parts.
I really like the 4 part tire it gives it a fatter look, wish I had made some extra center parts.

What do you all think?

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#1 posted 03-14-2016 12:04 PM

I like the look of the 4-part ones also. So why mot make some more centers? It’s not like you’re on a schedule and have to meet a deadline.

Oh, and if you ever build a “Monster truck” those 6-part ones would work great. ( I got to stand next to this one at the Ford Plant when we lived in St Louis )

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 01:52 PM

Joe because I’m cross eyed from making the few I have. LOL
Tire making is all most as monotonous as making tracks for the excavator.
You are right! that 4 part wheel really would set the look of this project. HMMMMMMM

Here’s some fat tires I made for my crane.
Being just groved made these much easier to build.

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#3 posted 03-14-2016 03:09 PM

A lot of work isn’t it? Looks good.


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#4 posted 03-14-2016 10:40 PM

Jan I’d rather make tracks then these stinking wheels any time.LOL
One thing I will say the Shop smith Is a wheel making monster for sure.
I might just have backed out of making them this complicated if I hadn’t had the SS, NO JOKE!!!
A little hint [I’m going 4 in the front and 5 in the back], monster wheels!!!

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#5 posted 03-15-2016 11:50 PM

Patience of a saint Bruce to do all that detailed work….top job sir

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#6 posted 03-28-2016 12:00 PM

Htl and Dutchy, you should combine to make a training video or slideshow for making these truck wheels and “sell” them to T&J. The price of the pre-fab wheels are very cost affective, however, these creations of yours’ raise the bar in tyre making.

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