Woodworking - Making 1,080 lb Borax wagon wheels

6EQUJ5 - WOW!6EQUJ5 - WOW! BannedPosts: 482 Member
Interesting vid on making these huge wheels. Lot's of good ol' American know-how.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JVcE8gho4k

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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    I can't watch videos, but I googled it.

    Decoration?
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • 6EQUJ5 - WOW!6EQUJ5 - WOW! Banned Posts: 482 Member
    early wrote: »

    Decoration?

    No, not at all. It was a project for actual 20 mule team borax wagons out in Boron, California.
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    That's seriuos business.
    A failure could be dangerous.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • 6EQUJ5 - WOW!6EQUJ5 - WOW! Banned Posts: 482 Member
    early wrote: »
    That's seriuos business.
    A failure could be dangerous.

    It's too bad you aren't able to watch the vid Early. It's really fascinating watching these guys work using old techniques and machinery in the making of these behemoth wagons.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 30,119 Senior Member
    I watched an episode of Mtn Men the other day where Eustace and his partner repaired a wagon wheel for a wagon they use to carry logs to their mill. It was a repair and they had to take it apart But was interesting how they had to do it and use an antique measurement device that had a little wheel on it to determine the circumference to heat and bend the metal band/Wheel to make sure it would fit just right.
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  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 9,667 Senior Member
    It is an interesting video, but some of the machine tools they used were not something you would have ever found in the average blacksmith shops of the late 1800's. Factories, maybe.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 30,119 Senior Member
    Pretty cool how they make those huge honking wagon wheels ............I imagine not many have the know how these days. True wood/iron craftsmen on an industrial level.
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