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Project by bushmaster posted 12-09-2017 04:47 AM 19895 views 17 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was surprised at the interest in the jig that I made to cut tire treads for model toys and other things. I have an idea to make the indented indexing discs with out a indexing rotating table, will work on it and post it next week. With this jig I am again using the indexing discs, to drill holes in a sequence on the drill press
In the past I made a simple jig with one pin, it was not to successful because if the pin was not set up super accurate, each time you drilled a hole it would start compounding any error. I found it more successful to just do it by eye. With this jig there is no error.
The first thing I did was to spray paint the wheel black as I like the contrast of a black


The next step to the counter bore the wheel for rim and lathe a small lip where the tire meet the tire. The jig is very simple, a shaft that I can attach the indexing disc and the toy wheel to be drilled. I used the same wood spring that I used on the previous jig.

Then a large washer, then the wheel to be drilled, followed by a small washer and nut. The unit rotates in a hole on the base board.

Then position the unit on the drill press with the drill bit where you want the first hole drilled, tighten the table to the column and clamp the base board to the table and you are ready to start drilling, just rotate the indexing disc to each indent.

Before you know it you will be all done. Guess I was so excited to try it out I forgot to take a picture assembling it befor I drilled the first hole.

Then you are ready to have more fun drilling the rims for that 18 wheeler you always wanted to build.

The following video will explain this jig more fully, and you will get to see it in action. You can even drill the holes with your eyes shut, as you will see in the video you might as well shut them anyway.

There are other ways to make the rotating shaft than I did, Just sharing the idea, go with it and improve it. There are also other application for a type of jig as this. Use your imagination.

Thanks for looking, comments are appreciated.

Next posting will be another way to use the first jig. I am on a roll.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 12-09-2017 04:55 AM

Wheels turned out realy great!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 12-09-2017 05:37 AM

Love this idea. Can be used for many things. On my to do list for sure. Thanks

-- John T.

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#3 posted 12-09-2017 06:18 AM

The wheels look fabulous Brian.

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

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#4 posted 12-09-2017 08:22 AM

A lot of “toy” makers here and that is why we all have interest in your JIG. But a question to you. Are you already addicted now you have made these wheels?

I,m always wondering if there are Lumberjockers who are able to make a (simple) jig for this wheels. Especially the tyres. You maybe? I did not succeed.


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#5 posted 12-09-2017 12:18 PM

bravo, another trick in the hat, well done , now you must continue the nice work.

-- andrek

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#6 posted 12-09-2017 12:45 PM

A BIG THANKS for these jigs and ideas

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#7 posted 12-09-2017 01:10 PM

And they look just like new Goodyears!!!!!!! Nice going Brian. You sure think ahead of where you are but know how to get there.

Great concept and execution of it!! I wish we could have spent more time together when you came down so some of that brain power might be transferred!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 12-09-2017 01:35 PM

Another great tip that you have detailed well.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 12-09-2017 02:06 PM

A set of 33×12.50’s for me please 8^)

Great to see how people find ways to turn difficult/repetitive tasks into something that just flows and seems so easy. Very creative!

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#10 posted 12-09-2017 04:34 PM

I’m enjoying your jigs. I have made models and really enjoy doing it. The wheels are always challenging and to me the most enjoyable part to figure out. Great jigs you have come up with. A person can’t have too many jigs….

Thank you for sharing.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#11 posted 12-09-2017 04:40 PM

ANOTHER very nice jig on my list also LMAO :<))
JUST 1 question for ya Brain ….how do you do the indexing of the wheels for the jig ?
Thanks :<))

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

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#12 posted 12-09-2017 04:48 PM

ANOTHER very nice jig on my list also LMAO :<))
JUST 1 question for ya Brain ….how do you do the indexing of the wheels for the jig ?
Thanks :<))


I did them on a indexing rotating table on the milling machine, check back to machining of the indexing wheel for the wood lathe back a few posts. I know that is not available to most of you so stand by, I have in my head an idea to do it simply with the tools and machines you have. Will try it out and Post next week.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 12-09-2017 06:18 PM

Nice indexing jig and it works!
Clean holes evenly spaced.

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#14 posted 12-09-2017 06:51 PM

Thanks for sharing your process – very helpful information.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#15 posted 12-09-2017 10:15 PM

nice jig Brian!
Now I will watch the video .


-- Kiefer

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