Segmented Steering Wheel

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Project by loupitou06 posted 01-22-2020 06:15 AM 1608 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love a new challenge and when my co-worker asked for help to build a steering wheel for his amazing VW but “shorty” build I couldn’t resist

We took the original steering wheel hub, welded a “VW” shape arms, segmented birds eyes maple and walnut layers, embedded LEDs and clear acrylic in the center of the lamination and turned the hole thing round on the lathe.

The LEDs are activated by the turn signal buttons you see on each side of the wheel.

I then turned a walnut hub to hide the center steel and milled a horn cover in aluminum on my CNC machine.

We added brushed aluminum strips on top and at each lamination joint a VW aluminum insert just in case people forgot the make of the car…

This was a really fun project – definitely many first for me :
- first segmented steering wheel
- largest outboard tuning

The finish is many coats of oil based polyurethane.

To accompany the steering wheel I later laminated custom fitted bird’s eye maple side panels for the doors and I am looking forward to build him a better looking bed rails (the bed floor metal strip were also cut on my CNC machine BTW).

Most importantly my friend was happy with the result and the car is on track to win many car shows I’m sure.

Thanks for watching

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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#1 posted 01-22-2020 06:18 AM

That is amazing. Beautiful work. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- - I learn more from my failures than my successes.

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#2 posted 01-22-2020 10:54 AM

Cool little truck and the new steering wheel is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-22-2020 11:28 AM

Wow that is cool! I have never seen a VW truck like that. Great work

-- Petey

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#4 posted 01-22-2020 01:38 PM

So good WW steering wheel! Realy looks cool!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 01-22-2020 02:25 PM

That is so cool, a great idea and well built.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 01-22-2020 03:26 PM

pretty cool steering wheel for a very cool vw.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 01-22-2020 03:48 PM

Both are cool. Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 01-22-2020 03:57 PM

a very kewl looking steering wheel indeed and love that cute little VW GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#9 posted 01-22-2020 05:17 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone !

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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#10 posted 01-22-2020 05:56 PM

You just upped the value of that little VW by 50%!!!! That is a cool wheel and a cool VW!

-- “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing"- Edmond Burke

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#11 posted 01-23-2020 12:41 AM

That’s down right fantastic. What a great addition to that VW.

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