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Calipers for wheel truing stand

 

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Intro:

Calipers for wheel truing stand

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Parts and Equipment

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Construction Steps

 

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Assembly

 

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http://www.instructables.com/id/Calipers-for-wheel-truing-stand/

Intro: Calipers for wheel truing stand

In a previous Instructable I showed how you can make a wheel truing stand with a few pieces of steel angle. While very useful, its biggest shortcoming was the lack of calipers, which is necessary to check the lateral and radial trueness of the wheel. So as a follow-on project I made this caliper to go with the wheel truing stand. This project has the look-and-feel of the earlier one as they use the same materials and the same basic design. I really like the big-brother/little-brother feel of the two projects.

Like before, I made this at TechShop (www.techshop.ws ).

Intro: Calipers for wheel truing stand In a previous Instructable I showed how you can makewheel truing stand with a few pieces of steel angle. While very useful, its biggest shortcoming was the lack of calipers, which is necessary to check the lateral and radial trueness of the wheel. So as a follow-on project I made this caliper to go with the wheel truing stand. This project has the look-and-feel of the earlier one as they use the same materials and the same basic design. I really like the big-brother/little-brother feel of the two projects. Like before, I made this at TechShop ( www.techshop.ws ). Step 1: Parts and Equipment Parts: The caliper is mostly made up of steel scraps that I had on-hand, but if you had to buy everything it’d probably cost about $20-25 from your local hardware depot. 1 in. x 1 in. x â…› in. steel angle, total of 12 linear inches 1 in. x â…› in. steel flat bar, total of 6 ½ linear inches 2 x #6-32 x 1” machine screws 4 x #6-32 nuts 1 magnet (I used a 40mm 15 lb pull round magnet from Harbor Freight, but anything similar would be fine) Equipment: You’ll need the following equipment: - angle iron notcher - drill press, 5/32 in. bit - cold saw or vertical bandsaw - welder - Dremel tool with cutting disk - hand file - grinder Image Notes 1. Angle steel that's been notched already. Image Notes 1. See text on how to create slots. http://www.instructables.com/id/Calipers-for-wheel-truing-stand/ " id="pdf-obj-1-14" src="pdf-obj-1-14.jpg">

Step 1: Parts and Equipment

Parts:

Intro: Calipers for wheel truing stand In a previous Instructable I showed how you can makewheel truing stand with a few pieces of steel angle. While very useful, its biggest shortcoming was the lack of calipers, which is necessary to check the lateral and radial trueness of the wheel. So as a follow-on project I made this caliper to go with the wheel truing stand. This project has the look-and-feel of the earlier one as they use the same materials and the same basic design. I really like the big-brother/little-brother feel of the two projects. Like before, I made this at TechShop ( www.techshop.ws ). Step 1: Parts and Equipment Parts: The caliper is mostly made up of steel scraps that I had on-hand, but if you had to buy everything it’d probably cost about $20-25 from your local hardware depot. 1 in. x 1 in. x â…› in. steel angle, total of 12 linear inches 1 in. x â…› in. steel flat bar, total of 6 ½ linear inches 2 x #6-32 x 1” machine screws 4 x #6-32 nuts 1 magnet (I used a 40mm 15 lb pull round magnet from Harbor Freight, but anything similar would be fine) Equipment: You’ll need the following equipment: - angle iron notcher - drill press, 5/32 in. bit - cold saw or vertical bandsaw - welder - Dremel tool with cutting disk - hand file - grinder Image Notes 1. Angle steel that's been notched already. Image Notes 1. See text on how to create slots. http://www.instructables.com/id/Calipers-for-wheel-truing-stand/ " id="pdf-obj-1-21" src="pdf-obj-1-21.jpg">

The caliper is mostly made up of steel scraps that I had on-hand, but if you had to buy everything it’d probably cost about $20-25 from your local hardware depot.

  • 1 in. x 1 in. x â…› in. steel angle, total of 12 linear inches

  • 1 in. x â…› in. steel flat bar, total of 6 ½ linear inches

  • 2 x #6-32 x 1” machine screws

  • 4 x #6-32 nuts

  • 1 magnet (I used a 40mm 15 lb pull round magnet from Harbor Freight, but anything similar would be fine)

Equipment:

You’ll need the following equipment:

  • - angle iron notcher

  • - drill press, 5/32 in. bit

  • - cold saw or vertical bandsaw

  • - welder

  • - Dremel tool with cutting disk

  • - hand file

  • - grinder

Intro: Calipers for wheel truing stand In a previous Instructable I showed how you can makewheel truing stand with a few pieces of steel angle. While very useful, its biggest shortcoming was the lack of calipers, which is necessary to check the lateral and radial trueness of the wheel. So as a follow-on project I made this caliper to go with the wheel truing stand. This project has the look-and-feel of the earlier one as they use the same materials and the same basic design. I really like the big-brother/little-brother feel of the two projects. Like before, I made this at TechShop ( www.techshop.ws ). Step 1: Parts and Equipment Parts: The caliper is mostly made up of steel scraps that I had on-hand, but if you had to buy everything it’d probably cost about $20-25 from your local hardware depot. 1 in. x 1 in. x â…› in. steel angle, total of 12 linear inches 1 in. x â…› in. steel flat bar, total of 6 ½ linear inches 2 x #6-32 x 1” machine screws 4 x #6-32 nuts 1 magnet (I used a 40mm 15 lb pull round magnet from Harbor Freight, but anything similar would be fine) Equipment: You’ll need the following equipment: - angle iron notcher - drill press, 5/32 in. bit - cold saw or vertical bandsaw - welder - Dremel tool with cutting disk - hand file - grinder Image Notes 1. Angle steel that's been notched already. Image Notes 1. See text on how to create slots. http://www.instructables.com/id/Calipers-for-wheel-truing-stand/ " id="pdf-obj-1-56" src="pdf-obj-1-56.jpg">

Image Notes

1. Angle steel that's been notched already.

Intro: Calipers for wheel truing stand In a previous Instructable I showed how you can makewheel truing stand with a few pieces of steel angle. While very useful, its biggest shortcoming was the lack of calipers, which is necessary to check the lateral and radial trueness of the wheel. So as a follow-on project I made this caliper to go with the wheel truing stand. This project has the look-and-feel of the earlier one as they use the same materials and the same basic design. I really like the big-brother/little-brother feel of the two projects. Like before, I made this at TechShop ( www.techshop.ws ). Step 1: Parts and Equipment Parts: The caliper is mostly made up of steel scraps that I had on-hand, but if you had to buy everything it’d probably cost about $20-25 from your local hardware depot. 1 in. x 1 in. x â…› in. steel angle, total of 12 linear inches 1 in. x â…› in. steel flat bar, total of 6 ½ linear inches 2 x #6-32 x 1” machine screws 4 x #6-32 nuts 1 magnet (I used a 40mm 15 lb pull round magnet from Harbor Freight, but anything similar would be fine) Equipment: You’ll need the following equipment: - angle iron notcher - drill press, 5/32 in. bit - cold saw or vertical bandsaw - welder - Dremel tool with cutting disk - hand file - grinder Image Notes 1. Angle steel that's been notched already. Image Notes 1. See text on how to create slots. http://www.instructables.com/id/Calipers-for-wheel-truing-stand/ " id="pdf-obj-1-62" src="pdf-obj-1-62.jpg">

Image Notes

1. See text on how to create slots.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Calipers-for-wheel-truing-stand/

Image Notes 1. Nylock nuts and wingnuts would make adjustments easier. Image Notes 1. You only

Image Notes

1. Nylock nuts and wingnuts would make adjustments easier.

Image Notes 1. Nylock nuts and wingnuts would make adjustments easier. Image Notes 1. You only

Image Notes

  • 1. You only need one but I had two so I'm showing both top and bottom.

Step 2: Construction Steps

Like the wheel truing stand, this caliper has two base pieces and two uprights.

To make the base pieces, you’ll want to end up with 2 lengths of the steel angle, each approximately 6 inches long, with most of one side notched out (but leave at least 1 inch). It’s easier to work with a longer length so, if possible, do the notching first and then cut to size. See the picture for what you should end up with. Remember that the base pieces are identical and not mirror-images of each other.

The notcher exerts a lot of force and may bend the base pieces. If this happens, just use some vise grips and bend things back. You may also want to clean up any sharp edges with a file and/or grinder.

For the uprights, you want two pieces of flat bar, each 3 ¼ in. long and 1 in. wide. You’ll then need to create a 1 ¼ in. x 5/32 in. slot in each. It takes several steps to create this slot:

  • - score a line down the centerline of each piece

  • - create marks on the centerline at ¼ in. and 1 ½ in. from the top edge

  • - drill 5/32 in. holes at both of these marks

  • - drill several more holes between the first two, spacing them pretty close together

  • - use a Dremel tool to cut away the material between the hole. (Make cuts along the tops of the drill holes and the bottoms. Flip the piece over and repeat. Then remove the material in between.)

  • - the drilling and Dremeling will leave the slot pretty rough so use a hand file to clean things up. This may sound like a lot of work but mild steel files easily.

Drilling into such small pieces of steel is difficult since the piece wants to “helicopter”, or spin around, putting you at risk for injury. To do this safely I built a simple jig with some scrap plywood to hold things in place. The jig also turned out to be useful for the Dremel step since I could clamp everything down.

Image Notes 1. Nylock nuts and wingnuts would make adjustments easier. Image Notes 1. You only
Image Notes 1. Nylock nuts and wingnuts would make adjustments easier. Image Notes 1. You only

Image Notes

  • 1. For safety's sake, build a jig to hold things while you drill and Dremel.

Image Notes 1. Nylock nuts and wingnuts would make adjustments easier. Image Notes 1. You only

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Image Notes 1. Clamp things down when cutting out the slot. Image Notes 1. Slots are

Image Notes

1. Clamp things down when cutting out the slot.

Image Notes 1. Clamp things down when cutting out the slot. Image Notes 1. Slots are

Image Notes

1. Slots are still rough and need to be filed.

Step 3: Assembly

Once the base and uprights are done, it’s time to weld things up. Use some magnets, shims and/or clamps and make sure things are level and true before welding. See the pictures for what you should end up with.

Using two nuts, secure a bolt in each upright’s slot. Position the base pieces back-to-back and place the magnet at the base between the uprights; The magnet holds the base pieces together but still lets you slide them side-to-side to adjust the opening. The bolts can be adjusted up and down by loosening/tightening the nuts (hand-tight is fine, though wingnuts would be an improvement). There’s enough adjustment range to setup for both lateral and radial trueness.

Image Notes 1. Clamp things down when cutting out the slot. Image Notes 1. Slots are

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Image Notes 1. Clamp things down when cutting out the slot. Image Notes 1. Slots are

Image Notes

1. Ugh, my welding mojo deserted me and these are pretty ugly!

Image Notes 1. Ugh, my welding mojo deserted me and these are pretty ugly! Step 4:Bicycle wheel truin g stand by ehsiung Bicycle Truing Stand & Dish Too l b y tony33770 Motorized Bicycle Assembly Overview by vazquezl31 Bicycle / Bike Wheel Truing Station b y aaron7575 Custom twist bikewheel by MasterRed Halloween attraction (tech shop) by daveclark5 http://www.instructables.com/id/Calipers-for-wheel-truing-stand/ " id="pdf-obj-4-6" src="pdf-obj-4-6.jpg">

Step 4: All done

And that’s it. Combine the caliper with the wheel truing stand and you have a complete wheel building setup.

Image Notes 1. Ugh, my welding mojo deserted me and these are pretty ugly! Step 4:Bicycle wheel truin g stand by ehsiung Bicycle Truing Stand & Dish Too l b y tony33770 Motorized Bicycle Assembly Overview by vazquezl31 Bicycle / Bike Wheel Truing Station b y aaron7575 Custom twist bikewheel by MasterRed Halloween attraction (tech shop) by daveclark5 http://www.instructables.com/id/Calipers-for-wheel-truing-stand/ " id="pdf-obj-4-13" src="pdf-obj-4-13.jpg">
Image Notes 1. Ugh, my welding mojo deserted me and these are pretty ugly! Step 4:Bicycle wheel truin g stand by ehsiung Bicycle Truing Stand & Dish Too l b y tony33770 Motorized Bicycle Assembly Overview by vazquezl31 Bicycle / Bike Wheel Truing Station b y aaron7575 Custom twist bikewheel by MasterRed Halloween attraction (tech shop) by daveclark5 http://www.instructables.com/id/Calipers-for-wheel-truing-stand/ " id="pdf-obj-4-15" src="pdf-obj-4-15.jpg">
Image Notes 1. Ugh, my welding mojo deserted me and these are pretty ugly! Step 4:Bicycle wheel truin g stand by ehsiung Bicycle Truing Stand & Dish Too l b y tony33770 Motorized Bicycle Assembly Overview by vazquezl31 Bicycle / Bike Wheel Truing Station b y aaron7575 Custom twist bikewheel by MasterRed Halloween attraction (tech shop) by daveclark5 http://www.instructables.com/id/Calipers-for-wheel-truing-stand/ " id="pdf-obj-4-17" src="pdf-obj-4-17.jpg">

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oldmantime says:

Jun 14, 2013. 10:02 AM REPLY

Great Project! I will critique the square corners. A few minutes with an angle grinder and you could radius those corners as well as break any sharp edges. Either couold provide you with a nast cut.

If you don't have an angle grinder, you can get one at Harbour Freight for $10.00 and up

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they

are available at many other retailers also.

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