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Project by kiefer posted 03-27-2012 03:49 AM 42322 views 35 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a true reuse recycle project which will come in handy for some future projects .
The gears as you see them are made from two layers of 3/4” plywood glued together and a strip of timing belt from a car engine that was going to the garbage .
The timing belt is bonded with GORILLA SUPER GLUE to the plywood hub .
These are some pics of how I made them .
I rough cut the discs on the band saw then sanded them to size checking the fit by wrapping the belt around the disc and sneaking up to the perfect fit .
I cut off a short section of the belt as a alignment piece and clamped at the joint .

The application for this according to my grandsons are for wheels on a tractor and on and on.
I can see this as a router lift application and a box joint jig indexing device .
I would like your thoughts on this and welcome any comments .
Have fun with this me and the boys sure have .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 03:54 AM

I think this would work very well. Great job on the recycling.

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 04:08 AM

very good ,now you need to find a use for them.


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#3 posted 03-27-2012 04:10 AM

Now what are you going to do with them

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 04:14 AM

Can’t wait to see what you do with them but…even by themselves it is a stand alone artistic feat. Love the look.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 04:37 AM

They are certainly good for wheels on your grandsons’ toys, but they do have some insteresting possibilities for other appications. It’s a nice idea.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#6 posted 03-27-2012 04:39 AM

Don’t give me the gears!
Your timing couldn’t be more perfect, it’s for Meccano right?

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#7 posted 03-27-2012 04:52 AM

Well guys I am sitting here enjoying your comments and some more ideas are bouncing around in my head .
I mentioned a router lift and box joint jig in the post but it will not stop there I am sure .
Gene you got it figured and I am thinking how I can make a good comment on the fantastic bedroom suite you posted tonight.
I keep looking at it and I am just totally impressed and words fail me to properly write a comment.
I have never used bamboo and never considered as a building material for cabinets and mill work .
Please fill us in with more detail on this material.

Thanks to all of you and keep the ideas coming !


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 03-27-2012 04:52 AM

Yep that i’ll work :)
Nice job Kiefer, I too will be interesrted in part 2 as to “where to now”
: ) : )

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 03-27-2012 12:30 PM

How about drive gears for a thickness sander? You might be able to take a higher rpm 110 motor (easier to find) and slow it down as needed. You should to blog your efforts in this. Nice work.

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#10 posted 03-27-2012 01:31 PM

Very nice gears, now you have me wondering if I can get some gears from engines and use them as drive
gears for various projects, with the belts, they would not have any problem with high RPMs. Thank you
for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 03-27-2012 03:58 PM

Nice save! to wided the aplication you could force fit and glue/(epoxy?) some bearings to reduce friction w metal rods?

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#12 posted 03-27-2012 08:21 PM

Thank you for opening my eyes and mind to new solutions to old problems.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#13 posted 03-28-2012 12:12 AM

Cool project, not sure what they are used for

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#14 posted 03-28-2012 02:03 AM

Those are way cool; the gears. Doesn’t that sanding fixture work great? I like the way that you installed two different size dowels on it; I use bushings that I make out of center drilled dowels or if they need to be really accurate I purchase nylon or bronze bushings. I have a way of drilling dowels exactly in the center and not by eye or close.
Again, those gears/wheels are one of the coolest mechanical ideas I’ve seen with wood. I love to make machinery out of wood.
You are exactly right; these do have potential application in a router lift and I am building one of those after I finish my Biesmeyer style fence I’m finishing up at this time. I would mind incorporating these into a design for the angular movement on my computer stand sort of like a linear actuator or even to make it turn with them. I’m considering an air or hydraulic linear actuator made out of PVC, using mineral oil or water as the hydraulic fluid like we do for ‘food safe’ applications in the process industry but mechanical with these would be just as cool.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#15 posted 03-29-2012 01:42 AM

Thanks to all of you!
My keyboard is acting funny !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


-- Kiefer

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