Wagon wheel for Tevye’s wagon in Fiddler on the Roof

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Project by FraidKnot posted 10-20-2018 12:12 PM 2712 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I make props each year for a High school summer musical program. This year was Fiddler on the Roof and we needed a cart for Tevye. I asked for a bit of geometry help from an architect friend (see the Furnicular project I posted earlier) for the exact measurements.

Cutting 2×4’s to 14 29/32” length with a 22.5° angle on each side provided me with eight wheel rim arcs. Diameter of finished wheel is 36”. I glued up Baltic birch plywood to make a hub an inch and a half thick to match the 2×4 dimension. I used Kreg pocket screws to strengthen the rim glue joints, and a ratchet strap around the entire rim to clamp the assembly. Notching the 1” dowels at each end made it easier to disassemble after dry fitting (and believe me, despite the hassle the dry fit was crucial!)

I made 4 more (not shown) for a hay cart on stage, and while I had all my tools set for the project I made one to hang in my workshop. As long as I can bring my workshop, I’m ready to be a Wild West homesteader!

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#1 posted 10-20-2018 05:59 PM

Nice job!!!
And thanks for posting these interesting projects, and a little of the story behind them.

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#2 posted 10-20-2018 09:18 PM

A writer and a sawduster too.

Great project!

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#3 posted 10-30-2018 02:55 PM

very cool! Happy to see someone else is building the occasional stage prop too!

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