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Tino

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Does everyone buy the wheels or make your own? I do t have a lathe..can wheels be made with a holesaw?
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Tino - That is a good question, and as you can see, many of the members who post photos of their projects and the featured members in the WTN's (Wood Toy News) demonstrate both purchased and home made wheels. Obviously for some, purchased wheels are easily acquirable today with web site ordering. Shipping costs, duty and brokerage fees should be taken in consideration before ordering. Some of our toy makers are not so fortunate with local or internet suppliers and hence make their own wheels by necessity or personal preference.
This web site demonstrates two methods of making wheels. One with a hole saw for smaller wheels and another which demonstrates making larger wheels.
Here are the links to the post found on this web site's home page under the tab "Wood Toy Workshop".
http://www.toymakingplans.com/website/how-to/how-to-make-small-wood-toy-wheels.html
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http://www.toymakingplans.com/website/how-to/how-to-make-large-wood-toy-wheels.html

There is a Forum post that may interest you, here is the link to that post.
It is in the section "How-to-Do's Tips & Tricks" ... Titled "Small Wheels" ... original posted 02/24/14 by Ceefa.
http://forums.toymakingplans.com/post/small-wheels-6776022?pid=1285582057#post1285582057

I think you will find the above referenced material interesting and useful.
Tino

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Thank you so much for your help.
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Hi
I am a learner as well and have found the link Udie gave you invaluable.  For the small wheels (say less than 2 inches), I find that cutting a piece of dowel on the bandsaw gives nice reproducible wheels.  Make yourself a jig first (actually two jigs), one to butt the dowel on before you advance it into the bandsaw so that you have reproducible widths.  The second is to hold the dowel on so that it will not jump as you advance it into the band saw.  For the larger wheels, I use a holesaw attachment.
Using a sander, I sand the flat side portions of the wheels and the round portion of the wheels.  Udie has a nice jig set up to do that.  To make the round portions, I made a jig and use my router (inverted on a router table) with a roundover bit.  Works great and you have reproducible wheels every time.  I can send you a photo of the jig if you decide to go this way
Jody
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Jodywright - Your jig for making wheels and rounding them over with the router sounds really interesting.
I would and I am sure our members/guests would really like to see it also.
I am going to ask you a favour.
How about starting your own topic in the "How-to-do Tips & Tricks" section of the Forum and post your photos there.
I think you will receive more attention there ... sounds like a plan?
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sure, I can do that.  Take me a bit to get the photos done, but I will do a post
Jody

Thanks Jody, looking forward to seeing your post - Udie
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Hi
This is my first post here, been a member a little over a month got some great plans. but unfortunately not made anything as yet except some wheels, found a website with good plans and how to on wheels, they also have a nice fire engine plan.

http://woodworkerszone.com/wiki/index.php?title=Making_Toy_Highway_Style_Wheels

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White oak outer, red oak inner, applied with Cynthia's wax      
Large Wheel Tread.jpg 
Made the tread with a chisel on the home made lathe
Small Wheel Size.jpg 
White oak wheel made on the lathe with gouge


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gazz
Great post.
I opened your link - liked what a saw.
Copied the contents and pasted it into a word document for future reference.
Once I'm done a little editing I'll convert it to a PDF.
Thanks for posting.
Udie
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Just checked out the link as well ... looks interesting for making some wheels.

Thanks for sharing


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Thank you for the link, I also did as Udie did download and convert to pdf.

 



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Hi Tino
I am in New Zealand and can’t find an outlet for wheels, so make my own.
I cut them out with various size hole saws, then put them on what used to be a dowel drill with a horizontal spindle and a chuck fitted.
I can then use a narrow chisel to do any cutting for the hub etc, then sand both sides and shape the tyre.
works well for me.
Cheers
Andy
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Thanks Andy. I use a similar method with good results. We would enjoy seeing samples and how-to photos of your techniques for wheel-making
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Cheers John
I will do a post next time i’m making some wheels.
The last lot I did was for the famous Kenworth tractor unit and trailer, then I used a spade bit to create a reduced part in the centre of the wheels from 1/2” to 3/8” which gave me a good looking fat tyre.
Cheers Andy
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