Stearing wheel jig for stumpy jig contest

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Project by jason64 posted 06-02-2012 12:40 AM 8588 views 25 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So someone I know has me making some parts for his 66 mustang, one of witch is the stearing wheel, compleat with finger grips. So I started with a circle jig for the out side of the wheel. Then comes the jig for the finger grips. First step is figuring out the spacing of the finger grips, then the math to lay out the center lines of the finger grips on the wheel blank. Then I drew a straight line from these marks to the center hole from the circle jig, then a mark 3” in from the edge, and drill a hole. Now we can put the blank in the jig, it consists of a pice of ply wood spacers the same size as the blank a router slead. There is a nail though the slead the blank and the plywood, there is also a nail through the hole in the blank on the center line. Now all that is left is to router in about an inch or so, move the pull the nail on the center line spin to the next line repin and repeat. When this is done now you go back to the circle jig and cut the inside of the wheel, and sand. This is the first wheel Ive made and it was a challenge but fun. Just waiting to get the metal back from cromers to finish it.

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#1 posted 06-02-2012 12:45 AM

Hey, I like what you are doing there, and I really like the steering wheel. Nice work. You going to post the steering wheel when finished?
Have fun.

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#2 posted 06-02-2012 01:05 AM

Thats a cool idea. Never would have thought of that. But now that you got me thinking…
I am thinking you could laminate several species together to get a banded look. or perhaps a solid backlayer with some segmented pieces on the front.
Come to think of it… I think some steering wheels have different colored sections at the standard 10 and 2 positions on the wheel. You could follow that idea with a light colored wheel with darker wood segments at 10 and 2.
Anyway. Love your idea. I bet it’s gonna look good in that mustang.

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#3 posted 06-02-2012 02:03 AM

Pretty cool!!!!!!!!!!!

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#4 posted 06-02-2012 05:51 AM

Amaizing process,so simple and efficient jig.

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#5 posted 06-02-2012 12:03 PM

very cool jig jason .. at the moment, we’re restoring a laminated beech and ebony steering wheel from a 1961 lotus elite. also fun, but also a challenge. we talked the client out of building a new one as i couldn’t imagine how long it would take us … the repair is taking long enough

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#6 posted 06-02-2012 02:13 PM

Jason: very clever and in my humble opinion a real contender for First prize.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#7 posted 06-02-2012 06:41 PM

nice jig ,good luck on the con test

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#8 posted 06-02-2012 08:45 PM

I am old enough to remember these wheels when they were new. This is a fantastic job! I spent a few years in the antique car, hot rod, Corvette business and I can assure you that you there are many folks that will come knocking at your door if you are able to reach them with this project. Great job and hats off to the jig!

-- RTex, Wood Wranglin' Cowboy

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#9 posted 06-02-2012 11:39 PM

That wheel finished with the horn assembly is 309.00. The rivets might give you some grief. Great job Sir.

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#10 posted 06-03-2012 06:19 PM

Thanks for the coments. Yes as soon as I get the metal back Im looking forward to fininshing and posting. As far as the rivets go they were not real in this wheel they are just pices of metal glued in the top, I hope it wont be that bad.

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#11 posted 06-03-2012 07:18 PM

Way cool Jig Jason amazing idea. Great job.


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#12 posted 08-14-2012 08:01 PM

good job Jason

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#13 posted 09-09-2012 02:44 PM

nice work … Thanks for the idea

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#14 posted 03-28-2013 07:04 AM

Nice tip . Thanks

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