I did not want to disclose too much about available tools. I had hoped for a wide variety of ideas and solutions to choose from.
Here are power tools that might be used for making wheels:
* Scroll saw
* Drill Press - Very bad, very cheap, very underpowered, but it works (slowly) with hole saws.
* Belt/disc sander: 1 inch belt / 5 inch disc
* Oscillating spindle sander
* Compact router and mid-size router, each with plunge and fixed bases.
* Handheld jigsaw
* Handheld drill driver (hole saws, perhaps?)
* Harbor Freight Hole Saw Set.
* Adjustable circle cutter, the "knuckle-buster" type.
Not yet: Router table. (I can probably get one going quickly enough, if it is the best option.)
Nothing to see here:
Power Tools: Table saw, Compound miter saw, Planer.
Hand Power Tools: Circular saw, Reciprocating saw, Handheld sanders: belt, finish, random orbital, etc.
Hand Tools: Basic chisels, hand planes, hand saws, etc.
The last time I needed wheels, I used the hole saw on the drill press, rounded the edges with sandpaper, and called them done. In 3/4 walnut, it took about two hours to make four wheels, and I felt like I was burning up the hole saw to do it, despite my best effort to keep the sawdust clear and give time for the hole saw to cool between each "pass". The hole saw needed a lot more time to cool than I had patience. It was a Harbor Freight hole saw set, too.
's video was fantastic and his wheels (and all his work) are simply amazing, but way too complex and detailed for what I need. Babies don't play with Ken's toys. They are such works of art. I wonder whether anybody actually "plays" with them.
I had expected to see some ideas for simple bandsaw jigs maybe, stuff like that.
-> If you have simple ways to make crude wheels that work efficiently and yield repeatable diameters, please share!