I have always wanted a wagon wheel to display in my
front yard. But they always cost more than I could
afford to pay. So when I found one in pieces for only $10
I grabbed it. I always saw them priced at something like
$150 or more.
I had heard a lot of conversation indicating that making
a wagon wheel was a big deal and required a lot of
skill. It is not a big deal, and it doesn’t really
require a large amount of skill. If I could do it, you
can do it too.
The finished wheel is 44” tall. Here is a picture of the
hub, which I managed to patch up and save, and the only
Having these 2 pieces saved me a lot of work. All I had to do was
figure out and make the fellows and turn the spokes. The
fellows are the curved outer segments which the tire rests on.
Here is a picture of the pile of parts I bought.
To determine the exact sizes of all the parts, I would need a
full sized layout.
Since all the spokes and fellows are identical to each other, I
only need to layout for one. I did check one fellowe against
the layout for safety.
Now it was time to make the spokes. They have a round tenon on
the fellowe end and a rectangular tenon on the hub end.
I knew that I wanted an antique look on the
finished wheel, and the new wood wasn’t going to have that look.
So I burned the surfaces with a torch to get a really rough look. I
wire brushed most of the charred wood off. Now it was time to
put the wheel together.