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Wood Carvings by Mark Sheridan

Pump-Car Wheels

I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about making the flanged rail car wheels for the pump car.  At first, I was thinking about using a lathe to make an accurate version of a flanged wheel, even though I knew that it wasn’t going to be much fun making four wheels with duplicate dimensions.  After a quick e-mail conversation with Lynn Doughty ( OutWestWoodcarving…you can find the link on the right-hand side of this page ), my thinking on this went in a different direction.

I ended up using a hole saw to make various depth cuts of concentric circles.  I think I ended up with a fairly decent looking flanged wheel.

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This was a little bit of trial-and-error and I first started by making a variety of cuts into some 7-ply plywood that I had laying around.  Basically, I inserted some of the smaller cutting rings and bored into the wood to a shallow depth to make a hub around an axle, then I removed those inner rings and replaced them with some outer rings to cut a raised lip around the flange, and then finally took out those cutting rings and replaced it with the outermost cutting ring and cut completely through the plywood, releasing the wheel.

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Once I cleaned out the raised rings, it started to look like a flanged wheel but it looked just too thin for me.

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So I took the wheels and glued the flat backs of the wheels to the plywood sheet again and began the boring process again so that I’d end up with a thicker end product.

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After some cleaning out of the cut ridges, I ended up with the wheel in the first picture.  Hope that this wasn’t too confusing.  If you give it a try, you’ll quickly understand how it comes together.

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