Oak 'washi wheel' replica

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Project by TroytownWoodwork posted 05-23-2014 06:27 AM 2044 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of two oak washi wheel replicas, (washi wheels being used to hold washi tapes for card making)
These were quite fun to make, I used a bearing guided router cutter In the router table to make the end discs….with varying results, I think I made 10 in order to get 4 useable ones.

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#1 posted 05-23-2014 11:50 AM

Did you use a template to help you make the end disks? If you did, you would get a perfect disc every time.

Once you make a template (out of 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch stock) all you have to do is attach it with double sided tape to the board you want to cut. If you don’t mind little screw holes, you can also use two countersink screws to attach the template to your stock,

Then (if you have a band saw or jig saw) cut the board about 1/16 – 1/8 inch larger than your template. Then all you have to do is use a flush trim router bit (which is bearing guided) to make your disk to match your template. The bearing will use your template to guide the cut.

The trick is to make your template as perfect as you can. You can even drill holes in your template for the rods that join the two end discs. After you router the outside of the disk, take your piece to the drill press and use a forstner bit to drill the holes in the disc.The holes in the template will accurately guide the forstner bit to the correct locations provided your template is accurate.

Hope this helps. If you have any questions, PM me.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 05-23-2014 12:15 PM

Yeah I did it pretty much exactly how you said. The only issues I had was a was using character grade oak which I get a offcuts from my work but it means it’s not the best quality wise and imperfections that weren’t visible when it was a whole piece, were once I’d routered them. Had one or two with hidden cracks so broke apart, also chunks came off. And one because the middle rod was slightly too wide so caused it to split luckily I have an abundance of this oak to use

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#3 posted 05-25-2014 01:21 AM

You did a wonderful job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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