Building 1,018 lb Wagon Wheel For a Chandelier | Engels Coach Shop

Well, you will recall that last week I made spokes and felloes for these wheels that we’re gonna make that.


Well, you will recall that last week I made spokes and felloes for these wheels that we’re gonna make that are gonna b a thousand pounds. Well, this hub weighs 187 pounds and I can’t lift it up on to the wheel stand without some help so I’m gonna use my hoist to pick it up, but I need something to grab a hold of, so I’m gonna put a couple of spokes in that I can put my straps to, hoist it up on the wheel stand and start to build this thousand pound wheel that’s gonna be a chandelier. Well, we have the wheel together, and the tire is sized. Now generally I size tires two tenths of one percent under the circumference of the wood wheel. This tire ends up being about three-quarters of an inch shorter in circumference. Remember that’s not diameter, that’s circumference. So now the challenge is to get them heated up and expanded and set on to the wheels We’re gonna build a bit fire around them. But this is one of those things that I just can’t do myself, as much as I like to think that I can do about whatever, so I’ve finagled a few friends to come in. We actually have a couple that came out from Virginia just to visit the shop and their timing was just right and we have a couple here from over there close to Butte, in Walkerville Montana that also came to help out today. And also Trent from down in Basin Wyoming country came up, and he’s the one who’s actually gonna run the forklift for us when we pull these tires out of the fire. So we hope you enjoy the process of of setting the tires on these thousand pound wheels. Well it certainly is nice to have adequate help when we’re setting these great big tires. You notice on a lot of light buggy wheels and wagon wheels I can kinda get it done by myself, but there’s just no way around these 500 plus pound tires, doing it by myself. So now with the tires set, I take the time to clean up all the char marks and I actually put them back in the paint room and gave them a fresh coat of oil and a couple of hub bands I had to tighten up, but now we’re ready to head ’em home to Virginia for a chandelier So next week I’m gonna take the time to put these in a crate kind a walk you through that and get em headed home. So, once again, thanks for watching!

100 thoughts on “Building 1,018 lb Wagon Wheel For a Chandelier | Engels Coach Shop”

  1. Totally AWESOME build. I hope we can see them when they get hung up and lighted ? You did a fantastic job with your work and video. Thanks for sharing with us !

  2. One small, subtle but important reminder of the level of craftsmanship and the pride that goes into the work we've been watching: all of the square nuts on each felloe were perfectly aligned! (Which means that all 36 square nuts were in alignment.) Thanks for allowing all of us the vicarious thrill of experiencing a job so well done!

  3. Another beautiful work of art !! When you work alone no one learns, think about it!! Thank you very much tor every video!! R and W

  4. After you set the rim on the wheel why do u hit it face on with a slug hammer.i know why u hit it down to get in place but the other i dont know why

  5. Have you ever tried pulling a vacuum in the autoclave to see if that draws the linseed oil deeper into the wood than pressurizing it?

  6. Please don't take my comment the wrong way or as a criticism. I know you are paid to do a job, but holy moley, all that work for what is basically a decoration? Is it for a restaurant or commercial building? It looks too massive for a home. If it is for a private home, all I can say is some folks must have a lot of money and a humongous house.

  7. Great work. I just love seeing how this is done. I love your shop and all of the special tools you have made for this process and the old tools too.

  8. Impressive work!!! Some quick calculations: Making the rim circumference 0.2% smaller gives it about 5 mm negative diameter tolerance to the wheel (+/- 2m20 diam). The rim needs to be heated up to about 200°C to give it zero tolerance (Expansion coeff. Fe: 0.012 mm/m°C). Heating it up to 400°C will give you an installation play of about 5 mm. Is that about the values you are working with? Much more hot will burn the wood too much, I suppose???

  9. Will these be electrified for lights or will they use (a bunch of) candles, or some oil lanterns?

    In a way it is sad these wheels will never be mounted on a suitable wagon and go down the road/trail.

  10. Yet another in a Long String of Great Videos! It was great to spend a bit of time with you and Diane on Friday… but it was a busy day for you both!. Hope you have a great trip home, Ann says HI! again!!

  11. How long does it takes to finish one such wheel (this one) from start to end? I guess at least 4-5 days. Assuming you have all raw material, wood, rim etc.

  12. How long does it takes to finish one such wheel (this one) from start to end? I guess at least 4-5 days. Assuming you have all raw material, wood, rim etc.

  13. How long does it takes to finish one such wheel (this one) from start to end? I guess at least 4-5 days. Assuming you have all raw material, wood, rim etc.

  14. The structural engineer who designed the roof structure for the building these will be hung from had to be told the weight so he could size the beams properly.

  15. I like your work very much
    It reminds me to my granddad
    He was a in German called Stellmacher or Wagner
    He died in 1968 and as a kid i offten was in his shop and watched his work
    At that Time he dont build woodweels
    The whole world use rubbertitres
    He build Windows and Doors and such things
    But his whole shop is still there all the Tools and Maschines still funktioning
    I do in this shop some simple woodwork for me for my own use
    But the spirit off my grandfather is still there
    I like to watch your Videos and your work you do
    It reminds me to my grandparents and my mom and Dad too
    My Dad was a Stellmacher too he
    Learned the work from my grandfather After the 2. Worldwar
    And he married his daughter😍
    So your work is a Part of my lief
    In some reasons
    So thankyou for work get on
    Good bless you and your family
    Greetings from Germany and from a little village near the Harz mountains
    Frank

  16. I hope T some point you can share a picture, or better yet, a video of the chandelier in situ, I think that would be an impressive sight, it must be one heck of a room they are going into.
    Once again your work and knowledge shine through, the special tools you have fabricated are worthy of whole videos themselves. I really enjoyed seeing the old school full aluminum body saws all and drill too!
    Cheers from Tokyo!

  17. What brand of pencils are you using because I see that you are using one with an eraser that actually works?! I have not come across a good pencil in years!

  18. Amazing. Your fits are perfect, it’s awesome how the wood and metal become one. Thanks you. I always look forward to your posts

  19. Nice video well edited kept my interest all the way through and by the way nice wheels too. Really enjoy watching you, its like my father and grandfather in the same room. I wish I had listened to them like i should have. All the best thank you.

  20. I must have watched all your wheel builds now but still in awe at each one. I wish I'd watched you work 15 years ago when we built our 1841 6lbr wheels 😀

  21. اقدر جهودك الراءعه لهذا العمل الراءع واعتذر لتاخير الرد على هذا المقطع الجميل بسبب انقطاع الانترنت بسبب المضاهرات في بغداد وباقي المحافظات شكرا لك اخي الكريم انا حقا استفدت من هذه الخبره التي بالتاكيد جمعتها في سنوات ليستفاد منها الحرفيون وكل المشتركين في قناتك الجميله شكرا ونرجو المزيد وندعو الله ان يوفقك في عملك ويعطيك الصحه الجيده

  22. Still waiting for you to show how to make a spoke. Start to finish for a wagon wheel or cannon carriage wheel. We bought the series but it doesn't show how to make them. Enjoy watching your work.

  23. Every time i watch you make a wheel, i get the sudden urge to go in my shop and attempt to make one myself. I've been toying with the idea of making one on my wood lathe for a few months now. Maybe not this year, but i'll certainly dedicate a part of the next one to climb this mountain.

  24. I estimated the weight of a solid 7 foot Mexican carretta wheel one time
    and was surprised that it weighed about what your wheel weighs,
    maybe more. They were made of cottonwood, an amazingly tough
    wood.
    Always nice to see your work.

  25. Can I ask a silly question? When hammering in the curved pieces onto the dowels, why would you not put some bees wax or some such other lube onto the dowel to ease it on? Also, do you tire of folks telling you how much they enjoy seeing you work? Because I SYRE never tore of watching you. Thanks so much from Northern British Columbia.

  26. I wish you good health. The product is beautiful and the work itself is beautiful. I imagine how much labor of skill and love has been invested. Good luck to you.

  27. I was waiting to see how you flipped that heavy awkward hub with the spokes on it……then it was just flipped 🙂
    What contraption do you have for that?

  28. I am trying to imagine what a 1/2 ton chandelier looks like, and what will support it hanging from the ceiling, and then I am trying to imagine sitting under this thing and looking up at it. The hub is humongous and I would really like to see where it is going to hang and how it looks.

  29. Another piece of art, the beauty of this is you can place this wheel amongst anything on the planet and it will stand out, and I would walk to it. How you made all your jigs and ideas to do all the work yourself with experienced patience is impressive.

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