Old 06-23-2011, 11:19   #31
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That is a great tool you produced!
How did you sort out the spokes and rim, or were these on hand?
The hub is 2.5" in width, 5" long, the tire, 1.5". Spokes on the tire side are centered. Spokes on the hub side are offset.

Horse drawn wagons large or small had what is called "Proper Dish". Dish creates a truss-like situation in the wheel when the wagon is turning.

Take a look at the bottom image of the link, the two carpenter squares, the arch of the axel, etc.

http://hansenwheel.com/products/wheels/wheel_dish.html

My little hard cart is verticle, not expected to carry more than I can push or pull. In this case, it's only as good as the driver, but I'm sure I could carry a keg of beer well enough.

As for the spokes on the wheels, I just guessed. Thought I could make a lighter wheel, then just heavy wood ones.


Edited: I've often thought, in my ODA time down range, how a cart could be used in a small village, what ecomony of motion/trade, good will could be had, if I had made a few carts for children, families, the village women or farmer.

I fixed a few carts in Thailand, made also a floating tool box for a farmer. I lashed a wood pallet to an inflated tractor tube to float across his rice paddy. Out in the middle of his field, was his house. Carrying tools, supplies from the road was a chore.

The new device, saved him a lot of time and effort, giving us more time to talk and discuss the region.

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Old 06-29-2011, 20:49   #32
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The hub is 2.5" in width, 5" long, the tire, 1.5". Spokes on the tire side are centered. Spokes on the hub side are offset.
Thought I'd add a few close ups of the wheel and spokes.

As you can see, it's not fancy, I could have done better with the welds but used an old arc welder, not a smooth wire feed.

I used Wet Dog math to get the spacing. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:27   #33
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I think thats great! I've been using a wood sled pulled behind the Willys for those heavy tasks; a pain in the ass with the long turning radius.
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Old 07-05-2011, 13:24   #34
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bench anvil

Many years ago I needed a large surface anvil to use on my bench. Height was an issue I solved by using a 1" thick 12 x 12 inch steel plate. On one side I milled a step 1 inch wide and 12 an inch deep. On the opposite side of the step I drilled two lines of various size holes to use for pin removal. I cut (milled) a 90 degree groove through one set of holes to use ehne removing pins from round objects. This is very similiar in concept to the gunsmiths "bench block".

The block stayed at my parents house when I let for Germany the first time and has been there since it was too heavy and awkward to move. My alternate "portable anvil" built at the same time is a 7 inch long piece of small railroad iron that I milled flat. That one has been on many a deployment and is unbelievably handy.

Last year I bought a 50lb anvil from harbor freight but the small chunk of railroad iron still gets most of the jobs in my shop.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:05   #35
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Wallet Knife

Wrapped up this little project on the 4th.

Piece of leaf spring, scrap leather, and copper wire.

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Old 07-08-2011, 12:57   #36
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The Old Girl

Yes, I dead-lifted this ol' girl up on that elm stump. Won't be doing that again anytime soon!
I don't know what the anvil weighs, but that is my six pounder on the top.
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:09   #37
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Fire Pit Kit

I chased the spiders out of the forge over the weekend and made some fire pit tools.

I used mild steel, .5"x.5"

I've adjusted the griddle to set level, and it swings out of the fire and is easily adjustable.

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Looks great.
Like the fire pit also.
Is the grill attached to the swing arm??
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Looks great.
Like the fire pit also.
Is the grill attached to the swing arm??
Thank you.
Yes, it is attached.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:55   #45
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I've located a website that illustrates a rather good home-shop sized gas forge.

http://www.zoellerforge.com/simplegasforge.html

About how heavy would we speculate the finished simple gas forge to be in lb's?
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