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This is my second wheel barrow and my first attempt at trying to make a wood spoke wheel. I must say I don't know how they made real spoke wagon wheels back in old times this was really a challenge, and it still didn't turn out like I was hoping for oh! well it will do for a yard decoration. I tried to upload more pictures of it but something about anything over 5 mpb or something, but this one picture uploaded .

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GOOD JOB BILL. I HAVE A BOOK SOMEWHERE AROUND HERE ON WHEEL-WRIGHTS ONLY THEY DID IT ALL BY HAND AND THEY WERE GOOD WITH MATH. I FAIL AT BOTH THE HAND TOOLS AND FOR SHORE THE MATH.
 

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Great looking wheel barrow Bill. The wheel looks really good to me. I have a book on about most all the main handwork traditionally done in Norway. The actual workshop photo is of a wheelwright shop set up in a museum here in Norway that we visited, and I bought the book while there. I thought you might find these pictures interesting.







I hope you will be able to figure out what the various tools are for. The bottom tool pictured is a compass which is not too obvious just looking at it.
 

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Great job
 

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Looks good to me also.
 

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Tanks guys I really appreciate the comments and thanks for looking.

Gene you and I went to the same school so that should tell you about my math skills too!

Mike thank you for sharing the photo's on the wheel wright shop and the tools that was used back then I have a new found respect for the older wheel wright guys they really knew there craft. really enjoyed the pictures thanks!
 

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I've thought abut building one of these. Yours looks great.
 

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Good job Bill. You did not try to bend wood with steam and laminated?
Excellent pictures Mike. I never saw those, thanks for post them.
Here cars are still used in rural areas. The wooden part is not that hard to do. If it is the iron shim ring with which the cover and serves to stick together. Should be placed red hot and immediately cooled. When contracting is perfect. Well, we could also talk with forge welding … but that is no longer used and here we talk about wood!.
 

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49bill, your wheelbarrow is a work of art. I made a few a year or so ago, and had a time with the wheel also. I went from using an old lawnmower wheel, (people actually liked it) to a cut out wheel where I cut the spokes from the solid blank using fortner bits and a jig saw. Nice work, wheel looks great.
 

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Great werk Bill. That's why Gene goes barefoot a lot so he can cypher. Haaaa haaaa
 

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Besides the steel rim around the wheel there are also iron rings around the hub ends to reinforce them. The picture factory in Norway above didn't go out of business until 1935.
 

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Great wheelbarrow!

If you are curious about making a wheel, you might check out this video by Roy Underhill, though he is doing it all with hand tools. Nevertheless, it is very instructive.
 

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Wow! Your spoke wheel is perfect. The wheel barrow is a nice addition to the yard. Great job!
 

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I really like this sir! I need to make one for my moms birthday coming up. Anyone have more pics of the wheel assembley ect?
 
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