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Workshop, Machinery Tools and Jigs. So what does your work area consist of? I started off with a small fold down table that I used to put up in the kitchen and then fold it up, clean up my mess, and let my wife have her kitchen back! It was most frustrating, as I couldn’t leave things as they were to be able to continue the next day. I now have the complete garage area! So what have you got? What machinery and tools do you have? Post a picture of your workshop or work area, do you have a lathe, a band saw etc? What particular tool or jig wouldn’t you be without – post pictures. ~~ jraah ~~

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Old 23rd October 2016, 06:12 AM
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For my past HD models I had a large lathe to turn the wheels on. Now I am limited to my Sherline lathe and mill for machinery. When I first built my first HDV the Mud wagon I was in the same position. No lathe. I set up my drill press to cut the wheels. Using that idea I thought of using my rotary table but it too was limited in diameter. A couple years ago I had machinist turn out a larger 7" plate to mount on the rotary table. I found the plate while cleaning up my shop and decided to finish the project. I drilled and counter sunk a hole so that I can fit a dog under the plate to run in one of the grooves in the table. I also turned out a center plug to screw the plate to the table with a 1/4-20 with thumb crew to hold down the wheel blanks. I have yet to make a sacrifice wood plate to fit to prevent damage to the top of the plate when milling out the wheel blanks.







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Old 23rd October 2016, 02:12 PM
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Great idea Bill

I have Sherline's 5" rotary tool plate and have used it in the same way.
It works very well.

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Old 24th October 2016, 01:59 AM
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That is what I use to cut my fellies but without the plate. I just drill a hole in a piece of ply and the blank for the fellie. Run the bolt through both to the rotary table and cut it out. I thought I had posted pics but couldn't find them. Will dig them up and put it in the stagecoach build.
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What do you use to cut the felloes out with? Is it a milling cutter or a router cutter?
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Old 10th January 2017, 04:10 AM
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I just use an3/32 or 1/8" milling cutter. I don't try to do it in only one pass. Use high speed on the spindle. I usually put a sacrifice piece of wood at the bottom. I also usually stack up for several wheels to be cut at the same time so all wheels are exact to each other.
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A little more work on the rotary table conversion. I used 1/4" high density fiber board for the discs. I stacked up three pieces of the fiberboard on the rotary table and milled then all the same diameter at one time. One disc will be mounted on the repertory table for a sacrifice board when milling out the wheels. The second one will be used as an assembly jig. The third is a spare. The layout drawing is for both a 1/12th scale wheel and a 1/16th wheel.









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Thanks for sharing this. Might explore this idea.
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