Making model car wire wheels

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Blog entry by tim0001 posted 05-20-2022 07:57 PM 690 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Making Wheels:

I use a hole cutter on the drill press to cut the outer diameter for the wheel (2.5 inches for this wheel). The hole cutter has a 1/4 inch center drill and fits my pen mandrel on the lathe, or chuck into a drill and turn against a belt sander.

I then shape the wheel on the lathe using my pen mandrel. Shape the wheel and treads.

Cut out the center of the wheel with hole saw, hold with a pair of pliers!!

make a wheel holding jig – use cutouts from wheel holes. Center a 3/16th dowel to hold wheel hub in place.

Mark for spacing upper and lower spokes

Make the center hubs, I use 3/16 for axel hole and mark for spokes using awl

drill holes for spokes (1/16 for 16 guage wire)

insert wire into hole with CYA on tip and cut to length

Install all spokes glue at hub with toothpick as you go

carefully remove wheel from jig

-- TimV: The understanding eye sees the maker's fingerprints. They are evident in every detail ... Leave Fingerprints. Author: James Krenov

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#1 posted 05-20-2022 08:21 PM

Thanks for posting how you make wheels.

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#2 posted 05-20-2022 09:26 PM

its very nice to see each guy how he works THANKS for the blog Tim :<)))))))))))

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

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#3 posted 05-21-2022 08:39 AM

That’s an epic build to make your beautiful wheels Tim.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 05-21-2022 10:55 AM

A tip of the hat to you sir…. fantastic wheels. Thanks for showing your method. Well done.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#5 posted 05-25-2022 01:34 PM

That is some very fine detail work. Can’t wait to see it on the finished car.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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