When we got back from lunch today, my son said "we're going out to the shop
right now, so I can finish my train! Come on!"
Well, I'd say I've gotten the boy hooked. :) :) :)
He likes wooden train stuff. He has sort of out-grown playing with it as
much as he used to, but now it's taking on a whole new dimension because he
can make rolling stock (with a little help from Dad...)
We've done some cool stuff, but our wheels suck. They're made from plywood
cut with a Sears flycutter, and they're rather rough and clunky. The
flycutter is no special joy to use either, and I sure would like to come up
with a better way.
I've thought about using hole saws, but my experience is that they make
pretty rough, ugly cuts too, and it's difficult to get the cut-off material
back out of them without mangling it.
I can envision a few different ways to cut these on a table saw, bandsaw, or
maybe a scroll saw if I had one. I could maybe even rig something up with
a jigsaw held in a vise, but anything I'm picturing would be far more
suitable for doing much larger discs. With pieces this small, it would be
difficult to control the work and keep fingers safely away.
Maybe try some drill press turnings? I've been doing those for the
smokestacks, sand humps and whatnot. Actually, that has given me quite a
taste for turning, and I see a lathe in my future. How could I turn a weel
though? Seems difficult, though I've seen plenty of fancy wooden wheels
that must have been turned.
Hmmm.... Maybe I could buy dowels, and then slice them up. That might be a
plan. Or turn square stock into dowels and slice them up. I've seen ideas
for several ways to do that consistently.
Any other ideas? Surely somebody out there is a wooden toy maker.
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