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I need to round over some small pieces - 1" disks for toy wheels, small figures etc. I've got a 1/4" round-over bit with a bearing mounted in the router but I'm uneasy about getting my fingers all that close to the bit. Is there a good technique for holding these small pieces? Also, my table (a Wolfcraft) doesn't have any inserts so there is a bit of a gap between the table and the bit. Is there a good way to make an insert for a table?
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I think I'd try mounting them to a carrier board using a Flat Head bolt that would sink into the wheel and not hit the table... a spacer between wheel & carrier board to allow router bit room...

Then using a bearing router roundover bit... where bearing would hit center of wheel (I trust the wheel disk is round & smooth)... Adjust the bit... and run the wheels around the bit... dismount wheel & turn it over for other side...

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Hi Fihlore

The router may not be the right tool to do this job,, 1" dia. are very small..

This is what I do when I need to round over Small wheels

Insert a 1/4 bolt into the wheel with a washer on bolt and then put on a nut and lock the nut in place then chuck up the bolt in your battery drill motor and take it to your sander or if you don't have a bench sander clamp one of your hand sander in a vise, then lock it on and put the wheel to the sander,, they will come out clean and with just the right round over, try it 1st. with a test wheel once you have it down then do the rest of them...




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Hi Fish -
That's good advice from Joe and Bob. Keep your fingers away from those bits !
Also, if you have a lathe, that might be another way to make them. If you're not opposed to buying them, do a search on "Wood Toy Wheels" and you'll get lots of hits. Here's the first one I found:

http://www.craftparts.com/mall/page38.asp

..most any kind you can think of. Post some photos of your projects for us.
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Hi Fish -
That's good advice from Joe and Bob. Keep your fingers away from those bits !
Also, if you have a lathe, that might be another way to make them. If you're not opposed to buying them, do a search on "Wood Toy Wheels" and you'll get lots of hits. Here's the first one I found:

http://www.craftparts.com/mall/page38.asp

..most any kind you can think of. Post some photos of your projects for us.
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Roger, those are sure good prices on little wheels! At those prices, why make them?!

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I agree, great prices but then they are bags of 100, not sure how many would want 100 of them sitting around. Bookmarked that one!

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Hi Corey

If it looks to good to be true it just maybe,,, the last time I ordered some off the net the price was about the same ,ONLY it was a each price.../10ea. in a bag,,, hardwood wheels for .06 cents ea.. hummmmmm sounds to to good.... see Rockler web page.

I did send them a email just to check on it...
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# SW-1750
Price Per Bag of 12, $10.00,, bag of 48 $37.44

SW-1750 Spoke Wheels,,, 1-3/4" x 1/4" hole $10.00 per. 12

SW-2750 Spoke Wheels,,,2-3/4" x 3/8" hole $15.60 per. 12
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http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...er=toy%20wheel

Great for old style model cars and wild west wagons.
Sets include axles and four wheels.
Spoked wheels come with tapered axle pegs,
sold in sets of 4.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=1539


http://www.rockler.com/search_result...21&submit.y=10


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Hi Corey

If it looks to good to be true it just maybe,,, the last time I ordered some off the net the price was about the same ,ONLY it was a each price.../10ea. in a bag,,, hardwood wheels for .06 cents ea.. hummmmmm sounds to to good.... see Rockler web page.

I did send them a email just to check on it...
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# SW-1750
Price Per Bag of 12, $10.00,, bag of 48 $37.44

SW-1750 Spoke Wheels,,, 1-3/4" x 1/4" hole $10.00 per. 12

SW-2750 Spoke Wheels,,,2-3/4" x 3/8" hole $15.60 per. 12


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I think it's TRUE...

Their website Clearly states:
BEST BUY-10 or More Bags
Price per Bag of 100 Pieces


MW-1000 1" 1/4" 3/16" $5.50

Who is going to pay $5.50 for one 1" wheel?

http://www.craftparts.com/mall/page38.asp

This is really a super place to buy such items...
No doubt about it.

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I think it is true as well, otherwise they would be in a little bit of trouble. If you add to the cart it will say the size/100. I wouldn't order them that way as I wouldn't want to be tripping over and storing bags of 100 wheels. They do sell a lot of the wheels in packs of 8, that makes more sense to me. Good link though to keep in the back pocket.

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Well, one more option, gents...Fish, we'll git dis cat skint real good!!!
Try drilling the axle hole in your wood, then put a machine screw through
it with a couple of washers and a nut. Now chuck the screw in your drill press or
a strapped-down hand drill. Get files, sandpaper, whatever and go to it! Shape those wheels to however ya want 'em.

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