Contributed By: Aschi’s Workshop
Owner: Peter Aschi
Learn More About Peter: www.petersportal.com
No model would be complete without a set of wheels, the better the look of the wheels, the better the model and the greater the appeal. The following step by step guide has been developed over many years to enable you to produce the very best tire and rim imitations for your own models.
The tools required to construct wheels are:
- A hole saw set
- Drill or Drill Press
- Simple Vice (optional)
- Sharpened chisel (we use 1/2″ to 1 9/16
- Sandpaper from fine to course
- Tabletop drill clamp is handy
The only special tool we used is a 1/4 x 3 inch threaded bar or bolt with two nuts and washers. We use this item to hold individual wheels to create different shapes. When used with the drill clamp they form a mini lathe as shown in pictures 5 and 6.
This will mean the timber has to be turned over to complete the cut and will prevent the wheel from sticking in the tool. Always clamp the wood stock to the tabletop before drilling.
It has also been found that if the hole saw cut is to one extreme edge the sawdust will escape preventing the tool from jamming in the job. With a little practice this will become very easy.
If the drill press is a small unit you may need to use timber blocks and clamps to complete this task. Never try to do this task without firmly clamping the job first.
Use two nuts and two flat washers, or appropriate spacers to clamp the wheel to the shaft. Ensuring the bottom nut is tight enough to prevent the wheel from turning use from course to fine sandpaper and create the desired shape. You can use the faster speed settings when doing this.
While not critical this item will allow you to use the chisel to create convex rim shapes,. This item came from Dem-tel but they are still available from some tool suppliers.
Extreme caution must be exercised while performing this task. Always use a rest for the chisel and use appropriate safety equipment and eye protection.
We have Peter’s toys coming up over the next few weeks and how to build them as well. So keep checking back.