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That set up would solve the end grain problem. The splined joints make it much stronger but the grain in the splines need to be 90 degrees to the joint and not parallel with it. I can't tell from the photo if that's how they've been run.

Another issue is the different expansion rates between the metal ring and the wooden one. The metal will expand more and faster than the wood and I don't know how the OEM steering wheel accounts for that.
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Hey Anton, welcome.
I used to have a Lancia with a three-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel, could never figure out how they made it - it did not look as if made up out of segments, but also did not look like cut from one solid piece - the grain seemed to follow the curvature. I wonder whether it was steam-bent?
I guess you would need to make two half-rims, with a routed groove in each half for the steel, then glue them together encasing the steel?
If so, it might be easier to rout the groove before cutting the inside diameter of each half-rim.
Chuck raised an interesting point about differential expansion of the wood rim and the steel core. What I remember of mine, is that it was completely solid - no expansion space noted.

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Hi Anton, welkom by ons. A few years back I made the wooden part for a 1927 MGA, using ash. I broadly followed ( (6 parts.)
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