| January/February 1983

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    A sketch showing the chuck/center mounting for assembly and the way the spokes are made and assembled into a wheel.

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1001 Parcus Road, S.E. Huntsville, Alabama 35803

Fourteen years ago I made a decision to move up from ordinary workshop puttering to the realm of building a highly detailed and very challenging model of an Aultman and Taylor thresher where all features were as detailed and as accurate as I could possibly make them. This included having all operable elements work such as the feeder, elevators and straw racks, etc. Little did I realize at the time how much research and planning went into the building of such a model. The fabrication of such elements as cranks, pulleys and wheels each presented their own problems. In writing this article, I propose to share some of the techniques I have developed in this case, the construction of a model of a typical agricultural machine spoked wheel.

A spoked wheel may seem at first to be a simple item, however, rest assured, to make a small, strong spoked model wheel is not as simple as it may seem. While other model makers may have their own techniques, such as welding, casting or carving from solid stock, I feel that my procedure is easier and has something to offer the model maker.

In essence, my procedure is to cut and shape rims from an appropriate sized steel pipe stock, make up spokes in the form of long, slender screws, and shape, drill and tap hubs and assemble the wheels on a jig and grind them to give final shape and dimensions.

I admit that I have the benefit of a South Bend Model 10-K lathe with accessories that facilitates the procedures I use, however, a resourceful craftsman can improvise using jigs and simple tools such as an electric drill to accomplish the same end. Where there is a will there is a way.

The wheels that I needed were six inches in diameter, flat rimmed, with two rows of eight straight spokes and a hub which is illustrated by the accompanying photo and drawings.


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