I may bite the bullet tomorrow. I think if you are going with natural finish, some nice stain and then a good marine grade spar varnish works best. They were 21 in × 4. By on Sunday, July 06, 2008 - 08:22 am: I cut all critical dimensions on the table saw. It is spins the spokes leaning against it will fall down.
Of course I used hickory too. I'm going to have a local wheelwright make spokes for me out of this pile. The old nomenclature for tire size changed from measuring the outer diameter to measuring the rim diameter so 21 in 530 mm rim diameter × 4. My experience refinishing furniture with poly is pretty decent and I wouldn't use it on wood wheels. By the way they look great! Hopefully the pics will show it all. We would greatly appreciate your support by using the link below for all your future Amazon. If anyone has other ideas - lets see some pics.
Note: no special wheel center is needed. Brute strength seems a technique that works well, but what other experiences are out there. Sanding the bare wood is progressing. Clinchers needed much higher pressure than today's tires, typically 60 psi 410 kPa , to prevent them from leaving the rim at speed. By on Saturday, July 05, 2008 - 10:24 am: All we can buy at the local hardwood candy stores in Socalif is Pecan Hickory, which is little more than half the impact bending strength of the standard, Shagbark Hickory. Put together by the highest grade of workmanship True! The first thing you should check before investing time into a wheel is its over-all condition.
I am about to try my first wheel. By on Saturday, July 05, 2008 - 07:36 am: Nice, creative work, Jeff. I used 220 grit tape style paper initially, then switched to 400 grit for final smoothing. One allows moisture in, the other helps prevent it. John Regan pointed out that bolting the felloe in place is wrong. Guys - just be careful when making spokes - a bit more time and inspection can make a wheel a whole lot safer.
Contact Us for pricing McLaren Manufacturing, Inc. By on Saturday, July 05, 2008 - 03:10 am: Here is another pic or two. This is especially true with the higher speed driving that we do now compared to the T era speeds. They were the type of people you respect from that previous generation who knew hard work and hard knocks in the Heartland of America. Hi Terry Just got done taking my wheels apart. I mounted new tires on the rear with wheels on the car and it seemed much easier that way. Third fixture is a socket to hold the spoke in the lathe.
I can even use this set up to mount tires later. You may also come across aftermarket wheels produced by Kelsey-Hays, or Motor Wheel. A couple of coats sanded well and I can begin with the primer. Cushioned it carefully and can call it a success with only one minor snaffu that is easily touched up. There are several different types and size of splines. You, John, are the only one I have seen mention splitting to get straight grained spokes.
He is pretty handy and really enjoyes coming up with stuff like this. Hope to mount and test drive soon. I ended up with five stitches in my scalp, trying to get that tire on. Horseshoe nails on the roads, together with the high pressure, made flat tires a common problem. Since this is or could be a life safety issue, please don't actually build a wheel with that first spoke nor any like it since it could break rather easily. After I sanded everything smooth, I cleaned carefully then shot a urethane primer from Sherwin Williams. Italians also use K splines for later wheels - knock off Campys for Ferrari and Lamborghini.
By on Saturday, July 05, 2008 - 01:03 am: Jeff: Your jigs all seem fine to me but your pictured first spokes does not have the grain running absolutely straight which is very important for them to be strong. Some Italian wheels and vintage Brit wheels - Borrani for example use Rudge Whitworth for vintage wheels. I don't recall if I ever looked to see who manufactured the wheels - I would have to assume Dayton, but the mounting lockup was unusual. You should also check the spokes carefully to ensure none are badly bent. Well, my Hupp 30 x 3 clincher had a flat, and I have those Vietnamese made tires that just barely fit.