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Wooden wheels accentuate so many things, from wagons to carts to decorative items in your home. Using your router, you can make some very nice wheels for almost any project that you can think of. Video number 110 with Bob and Rick Rosendahl shows how to make custom wheels for your project.
The setup for this project is just a bit different in that the router is not set up in the table, but goes on top to give you better control. Place a square blank piece of hard wood on another square piece of wood about the size of the hole where the router usually goes. Secure the wood so that it does not move when you begin working the piece. Get your fence, a flat piece of plastic with the shape of a spoke for the wheel cut out, and place on top of the wood that you will be working with. Secure into place with a screw on the outer part of the wood.
Put in a spiral ½” bit in your router, and lock it down about the depth of the wood. Place a one-inch brass guide in the spoke hole, as this will guide you when making your cut.
Place your router in the plunge position on top of your wood and plastic fence. Make the cut, moving the router from left to right, or in a clockwise rotation. Let the guide follow the spoke pattern in the wood. When complete with the first spoke, lift up the router and set aside. Shake out the debris, take out the screw and move the fence to the next space for the second spoke. Use a guide pin to make sure you are in the right spot and it is tight against the edge of the previous hole. Screw in place and remove the pin. Make the second hole, and repeat this process until all five spokes of the wheel are done.
Remove fence and place in the center of the wheel so that the center hole fits right on the holding place in the center of the wheel. Use the router to cut around the end to make a circular wheel. Remove the scrap, and take out your wheel.
To finish up your wheel, place the router back into the table, with a ¼ round over bit attached to it. Run the inner spokes around the bit to make a more finished look. Then place a guiding pin next to the bit and do the same for the outside of the wheel. Now you have a wooden wheel that will make any project look great!
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