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Robs English Wheel build...start to finish....

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rob Paul, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Rob Paul
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,264

    Rob Paul

    Well last year I decided I needed an english wheel. I tube frame would not do, and I hate buying overseas stuff. I think I like using tools more when they look cool too, so a design was dreamed up. My buddy Wally wanted one too, so we both ended up having the bodies laser cut out of 3/8" cold rolled. They are a 48" diam. circle, with a 37" diam. circle offset in the center.


    There was four cuts programmed that designate the centerline. This made it easire to line up the two sides.

    I wanted my machine to be 6" thick. Might be overkill, but I really wanted it to look like an old cast machine.

    I had a guy plate roll some 3/8" x6" to the inside and outside diameter.


    Then I got it all tacked up and started welding.




    Im not sure how many feet of weld this is, but it was way to many for me to TIG weld, so I Mig welded it all, and then sanded the weld down to a rounded corner.

    I didnt take any pics from when I put the legs on, but they are heavy.

    It sat like this for awhile, while I waited on the anvils, and upper wheel I ordered from Hossier Profile.

    The lower adjuster is a copy of the Metal Ace design. Its a 5000lb trailer jack.

    The saddle for the anvil is attached to a 1x1" solid that slided up and down on a cam. This was made by Da Bomb here on the HAMB. This guy is great. He machined all the parts of a drawing I sent him, and I had them in a week!!!


    Finished product.


    I got motivated yeaterday, cut the opening, and mounted everthing up. I built an extension to the jack, and a kick wheel this morning, and snapped these pics.


    This thing is HEAVY....but it works great. No flex, and no movement. The upper wheel can unbolt and index 90 degrees, and the lower saddle can be turned 90 degrees since it slides in a 1x1" hole. This allows me the option the work metal the other direction if its a bigger piece.
  2. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,670


    cool wheel! i have mine all designed out, waiting for some extra $$ to get started on it..
  3. kenb
    Joined: Sep 19, 2008
    Posts: 89

    Member Emeritus

    Looks good, that's a unique frame design. You'll love your Hoosier upper wheel and anvils too, I've got a few sets of them over here and I've been very happy with them.

    We're all looking forward to seeing what you make with it. :)

  4. 32 hudson
    Joined: Mar 5, 2005
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    32 hudson

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  5. Flat-Foot
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 1,704

    from Locust NC

    Holy crap that thing is a beast. Nice job!
  6. felix37
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 82


    That is really a work of art! Great job!
  7. donut29
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,518

    from canton MI

    WOW that is cool

    I'm in the middle of building mine right now also using Hoosier wheel and anvils
  8. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 6,706


  9. Needs paint and some striping and Bob's yer uncle! Nice work!
  10. rld14
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,609


    That is super cool, I am humbled by your skills!
  11. Yummy
    Joined: Jul 8, 2006
    Posts: 164


    Finished product looks awesome, Rob!
  12. Midwest Rodder
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,769

    Midwest Rodder

    Damn nice job! I want one bad.
  13. toolman1967
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 441


    Sweet looking wheel, Makes mine look like scrap metal!
  14. bykerlad
    Joined: Mar 14, 2009
    Posts: 260

    from australia

    just love home made tools,this one is the ducks gutts
  15. jimbo121
    Joined: Jun 15, 2006
    Posts: 126


    That is cool man. Like the lateral thinking on the construction.
  16. that looks like a well thought out and made unit, is there anything (in hindsight) that you'd have done different if you made another?

    Again, congrats, on my list of things to build...


  17. Da' Bomb
    Joined: Apr 8, 2005
    Posts: 438

    Da' Bomb

    That is gorgeous! Some serious vision and craftsmenship! I'm bowing towards Green Bay!

  18. Carguy365-24-7
    Joined: Mar 25, 2006
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  19. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,067


    wow damn nice english wheel
  20. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,920

    from Finland

    That is really cool wheel!
  21. thechopperguy
    Joined: Oct 27, 2007
    Posts: 149


    Nice work - I'm jealous. I plan to build one "someday."
  22. Skrap metal
    Joined: Jan 22, 2003
    Posts: 363

    Skrap metal


    Dammit Scotty! You playing those records backwards again?
  23. 47Ford - 1.5Ton
    Joined: Apr 22, 2009
    Posts: 117

    47Ford - 1.5Ton

    Read about the english wheel in the newspaper rob...and nice work on the 'A' too. Was over I think a year or so ago at a HAMB/Vegabond get together there... and just thanks again for the hospitality and good time!

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