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    Making giant wagon wheels

    Interesting video showing how they made replica wagon wheels for the huge 20 mule team Borax wagons. A completed wheel weighed as much as 1080 pounds including the iron "tire" made up of 1" flat stock 8" wide rolled to 80" outside diameter. White and red oak hubs, spokes and rims. Much of the work done on vintage machines.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JVcE8gho4k

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    NOW you tell me...

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    Looks like a lot of fun.

    jtk
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    Thanks for posting the video.
    I enjoy seeing the jigs and techniques other woodworkers use.
    Amazing how much time people spend to make a video like this so we can enjoy the building process.
    "Remember back in the day, when things were made by hand, and people took pride in their work?"
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    You mean wheels for one of these?
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    Lee Schierer - McKean, PA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Schierer View Post
    You mean wheels for one of these?
    IMG_1849.jpg
    And not wheels for: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsar_Tank

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    i agree! Hats off to those who spend their time to benefit others!

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    Thanks for posting that. I enjoyed watching it.

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