Wooden Toy Wheels
How to make wooden toy wheels
Most of the time it is a lot easier to buy ready made wooden wheels, but there may be a reason that you will want to make your own.
The first step to making your own wooden toy wheels is to modify a circle cutter.
A circle cutter is designed to cut holes, but we want to use the leftover bit, that is the plug, to use as wheels. The cutters are shaped in such a way that it will leave a bevelled edge on the wheel.
How to turn a circle cutter into a wheel cutter.
What I did was to grind the bevel of the circle cutter on the opposite side so that the wheel came out nice and smooth. All I need to do now is to bolt the wheel into the drill and sand the edges smooth.
More ways to make toy wheels.To make small diameter wheels, use a wooden dowel cut into slices. The challenge then becomes to locate the center for the axle. This type of wheels may prove to be fine for small pull-along toys. Be aware that small objects may present a choking hazard for small children.
It may be easier to buy a selection of ready made toy wheels.
A selection of wooden toy wheels from Amazon.com including axle pegs.
Woodwork forums discussion on using circle cutters to make wooden wheels.
Making wooden toy wheels - from woodwork forums, how to make wagon type wheels.
Spoke wheel jig for model makers, also from woodwork forums.
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