Sunday, December 3, 2017

Wheels, Wheels, and More Wheels

If you are going to make toys you are going to use a lot of wheels. The last time I bought wheels I ordered about 1600  wooden wheels. Sounds like a lot but keep in mind that one of my little tractor trailer rigs has 18 wheels. 500 hundred wheels make 27 trucks with a few extras.

After that last order I've taken to storing wheels in the large jars that nuts and other things come in.  I did this after I received an order of a 1000 wheels that all came in one big bag. Previous to this they were all in bags of 100. Once you open the bag you have to do something with the wheels.  The jars are cheap as in practically free.  They are quite sturdy and sit nicely on a shelf.

Using the set up pictured below I can finish wheels continuously provided the weather cooperates. If the relative humidity is below 50% shellac drys very fast. The first wheel in the rack will be dry long before I drop one into the last hole.

Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT150 On the Drying Rack
20171201_122332_HDR Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT150 On the Drying Rack

Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT150 Shellaced and in the Jar
Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT150 Shellaced and in the Jar
Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT125 Shellaced and in the Jar
Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT125 Shellaced and in the Jar
Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT150 Unfinished
Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT150 Unfinished

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