The wheels were seriously my hold up. It is not that they were that hard. It is up my ally of cut and sand smooth. Here are my issues with them. Each wheel takes two pieces of 3/4" walnut multiplied by four for each truck (16 wheels in total). Each wheel was cut out using a 2 1/2" hole saw. It was then sanded down because the hole saw leaves a nasty edge. The table saw was then set up to make the grooves in the tires. There were lefts and right for both inside and outside parts. So I had to keep them straight. I am amazed that I even kept them straight with only a couple of mistakes. With the cutting the grooves there was a lot of blow out. I was told that these would be sanded out. Some blow out was a little deep. Then each groove had to be hand sanded. When gluing the two parts together I needed to make sure there was no squeeze out because there was no way to sand it out. Now that they are all done I have to confess, I only made wheels for three of them. The fourth received manufactured wheels that I purchased. My wife says it makes the truck look wimpy and she is right. I could not make another set of wheels.
Here are the cool things that came out of this build:
- I actually made these trucks
- I had a lot of practice sanding and shaping
- I made a circle sanding jig for my belt sander for the wheels
- I got a good after market miter gauge for the table saw
- I have happy kids for the current time