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I used an old cheap foam steering wheel I had laying around for the core. I cut 18 sections to form the wheel and another set of splines to go between all the sections. I had an accident and ruined a couple of sections while using the router and had to re-register everything to make the repair. I was surprised I was able to fix the mistake because everything had to be in the same place exactly or the wheel wouldn't be round or uniform.

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Looks like it came out well. A lesson I have learned with hickory and routers, Grain Direction, Grain Direction, Grain Direction! But seriously, a beautiful wood when sanded and finished. Now we just need a picture of the whole car ;)
 

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Thanks. I agree, I had to keep switching from inside to outside routing and lost track for a second and learned to pay attention a little more. Here is a pic of the car I guess I'll find out if I can post a pic of the car or not according to the posting rules.
 

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Very nice. I like it.
 

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Nice steering wheel and really nice corvette.
 

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would look better on a mustang LMAO
GREAT JOB :<)
 

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Well your user name certainly fits the car ! Beautiful job on the steering wheel. When we got married in 1974 I had two 'Vettes. a '67 convert and a '70 T-tops coupe. Sure do wish I had been smart enough to have kept both ( or even one of them) ... Man I'd be rolling in dough now !
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Great job man. Replacement wheels are outragiously expensive and quality is not like NOS. If I had my 66 coup I would build one.
 

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In fact, I have an aftermarket steering wheel on my 65 Chevy pick up and just might build one for that. Only 2 webs, but I can weld.
 

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I make round frames for some of my wife's glass art using the same technique. Hickory is by far the worst (and scariest) wood I've ever tried to do this with.

BEWoodworks is correct, rout downhill only and only then will you reduce your chance of a blowout to 80% 8^)

Looks like your Vette is very low mileage (or possibly has rolled over?) Beautiful car, although I'm a 60/70 mustang guy, those early Vettes are my favorites! (keep the rubber side down!)
 

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Very cool work.

Can you elaborate on the process a little more?

Thanks,
 

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Well your user name certainly fits the car !
- JoeinGa
My user name is because of my other car a 1955 Chevy.

 

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Beautiful job on that steering wheel and a great looking stovebolt, too.

cheers, Jim
 
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