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

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 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!

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  1. Hello from USSR! It's my first you film. Now I'm you fun! For me it is meditation, for you it is hard, but very beautiful work…. Thanks for this! What type of woods we can see in this film?

  2. What about, gloves, eye and ear protection? Bad example… But the craftsmenship, result and community spirit are amazing!

  3. Neat. get 4 of them you have a mini earth mover!

    How many people have the skill today to do this stuff and on this scale.
    My 38 year old says its gody looking its 2020 well its also a part of American history, much of this was done by hand back if the 1700's and 1800's they didn't have the tools we have that make life simple
    You couldn't google making a wagon wheel to find out how to do it.
    Its valuable information we should not forget. You really never know we may need this someday.
    What will you do if you didn't learn this?
    Then who's going to making all the money? the guys in an office running computers or the guy who knows how to survive on his witts? You look pretty dam funny trying to eat your keyboard!

  4. Must be one of the wheels for the old school limousine-stagecoach,🚛 semi-stagecoach lol pretty cool chandelier but I wouldn't sit under it unless it was supported with logs cool video…

  5. Makes me miss my days pipe-fitting and boiler-making. Theres nothing like stepping back and seeing a large job come together. Great video and you do fine work!

  6. Why would anyone go to all the expense, and work to have a feel wagon wheel made for a decoration? Seems they could have come up with something that looked authentic, but at a substantial savings in cost and weight.

  7. I noticed they had to replace some wagon wheels on the Borax 20 mule wagons after 200 years of age. I wondered where they found someone to make them, almost a lost art. The price was high at least $5k a wheel I heard. Interesting to see how they are made.

  8. Hell of alot of work for lights. Impessed that the construction isnt apparently compromised due to the fact that it isn't going to be relied upon to carry heavy loads for years and just will be used for asthetics. In fact, it would probably be much easier all around if it was built to look like a wheel but have the electronics/writing but in, so someone really has a lot of money to commission something like this. Glad that some one does though so you can continue to craft these things. Incredible how things were made and how things have changed.

  9. Obviously “Skill” is a sponsor. But looks to me like a reciprocating saw is a lil crude for that detailed of work?!? No???

  10. Ver este vídeo es como leer un pasaje de la biblia, es un regocijo al alma, da una alegría enorme saber que técnicas de construcción (aunque con máquinas modernas ) de más de 200 años vivan en este ser tan valioso, es un tesoro para la humanidad , "congratulations good men"

  11. Eu fico feliz por ver este trabalho pra mim não tem outra coisa melhor…… Gosto de fazer arte. Parabéns. ….. Brazil…..

  12. informative and very enjoyable to watch that process that's get'ner done . still would have like to see that go on something that did work it was sturdy AF and beautiful any thing steam operated would have been awesome butch'ya gotta pay the bills customer first.

  13. What a beautiful work of art! You are just amazing. I love wood working but I'm not sure if I could ever get that masterd.

  14. Omg you said Butte MT. I lived in Butte almost 15 yrs. Man that town has gone down hill. It's so sad to see. It's full off casinos and meth heads now.

  15. we are very lucky to be able to have a good man like you who has the knowledge to share us the making of those piece of ancient art thanks you sir

  16. 831-lbs more in spokes 'n rim? That's hard to imagine. How much does the band of steel that meets the dirt weigh? Sorry, I didn't have time for the entire video. Perhaps it's answered somewhere within. OK. I got it. 553-lb @ 18:53 in.

  17. what can i say true craftsman keeping craftsmanship alive you can not match it Thank you for educating me Sir kind regards from the isle of wight UK

  18. Hi Mr. i see you are alone to make this Wakon Wheel, you impresse me very, very much! Mr. You are a king of man who alyway know in your live where you go and what you want! Messieur je vous lève mon chapeau! I put my hat out of my head to salute you! You very old big gears drill you use for the wheel, what king is it please and how much HP? Is it a Black and Decker? 2020 02 24 Saint-Joseph de Mékinac, Trois-Rives, Québec et Labrador.

  19. So… a question if I may… why do you add all of the carriage bolts around the wood tire… are they there for compression… I did see that you added " biscuits " between the segments..


  20. Excellent, everything so well planned and calculated that one can never go wrong we from India have very nice workmanship but every thing is workmanship and manuals. The soothing music was also great. Thanks.

  21. i'm sure there's a reason your useing such a light hammer to drive the rims onto the spokes. seems like a 3lb hammer would make shorter work of it.

  22. Sensationally done. Respect. But in this day and age, who does such great "hand" work… Most of the knowledge is lost if nobody continues it. Greetings from Hamburg /Germany.

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