Toy Construction #99: WS Tractor Semi Making wheels

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Blog entry by htl posted 09-09-2016 08:09 PM 13840 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Before I go any farther with my truck I figured I better get some wheels made so I can build the back fenders to fit since I’m going to make some slightly over sized wheels to fill in some of the space between the wheels and fenders.

I’ve done tire how to’s before so just some pictures showing how I’ve change thinks up a bit.
I added a longer bolt so I can now cut treads on 3 tires at once and if I would have had a longer all thread I would have made it longer.

Thursday I cut up a board of walnut for the wheels, the funny thing here is that morning my neighbor came over and wanted to know if I wanted a shelving board he was getting out of his way and of course I said sure need me to bring my truck?
Well he come back over and it’s a bowed up board[8’long] well I was working on my air filters for the model truck so just took a quick look at it and saying thanks for it thinking it was Mahogany so really!!! thanks!!,
HuMMM wasn’t really wanting mahogany wheels but hey you use what you got right!.
So yesterday I start cutting into it around the nots and splits and it hits me this doesn’t smell like Mahogany this is walnut so dirty and old I didn’t recognize it till I took a better look at it.

So I’m thrilled to death for this timely wood which will be just perfect for the truck wheels.

So yesterday I started cutting it up for the wheels it was so cuped I split it down the middle to help flatten it out and cut around the bad places but for model work it’s just perfect once I planed it.

Used the band saw and made some wheel blanks, then to the SS to sand them round and route the outside.

So today I dug out the wheel jig and changed it around a little and off to making treads.
This jig was made for the Hummer which has much bigger wheels but just needed to raise the blade up to adjust for that.

I think I need to make a new jig.

Here's the Hummer how to for the tire jig.

I know this isn’t a fancy tread pattern but with only a couple a hours invested [in making the treads] it turned out just right, plus it will match up with the lowboy trailer and that’s what I wanted in the first place.

Here’s the steel wool vinegar stain on the new wheels, still wet.
There so black they don’t even show up very well.

Notice the toothpick, tried one to see if it would stain and it do’s get some what darker.
I need to stain a box for my spokes and lug nuts for next time .

After I cut up the walnut I was kind of upset with myself for using up the walnut for this but after seeing how dark they are walnut is the wood to use my last wheels using oak didn’t come out this black.

And here they are ready for the dutch oil finish.

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#1 posted 09-09-2016 08:13 PM

Very nicely done!

They sure look better than purchased wheels do!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 09-09-2016 08:38 PM

Very nice….appreciate you taking the effort to show how you made the wheels.

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#3 posted 09-09-2016 08:56 PM

awesome as always ….. and your like a production line …..... cant wait to see them on truck with finish …..... GREAT JOB

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

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#4 posted 09-10-2016 12:42 AM

Nice score on the walnut, tires look good. Do you really spin the wheel over ylthe table blade freehand? How do keep it from being thrown at you?

-- Sean

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#5 posted 09-10-2016 02:55 AM

STM Remember I’m only cutting less than an 1/8” so not much being cut, plus look at the featherboard 3 fingers are holding the wheel against the fence plus there’s one finger that the wheel is pushing against to keep it from moving forward.
I really don’t need that last finger but it helps keep the wheel centered over the blade.
I have used a stop block with that finger in the past but feel comfortable without it.
The palm of my hand rests on the top of the fence at all times.
Plus i’m using a dewalt circular saw blade with 40 teeth that is really thin so not removing much wood.

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#6 posted 09-10-2016 04:41 AM

One more thought STM I feel much more comfortable cutting the treads on the table saw than I did shaping the side of the wheels with the router.

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#7 posted 09-10-2016 03:06 PM

I KNOW what you saying Bruce

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

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#8 posted 09-10-2016 09:09 PM

Wheels, wheels, wheels.

Nice wheels and smart made.


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#9 posted 09-11-2016 12:46 AM

Don’t you be talking about my wheels!!! LOL

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