The Secrets of Wheelwrighting
by M.C. Hendrickson

215 x 295mm

Published by
M.C. & P. Hendrikson,
Kariong NSW, Australia


ISBN 978-064631201-4

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Extract from preface of book:

This book is about putting Steel and Rubber tyres on wooden wheels, which is the most often asked question of my trade. As far as the Wheelwright is concerned, putting the tyre on is only a necessary addition to the wheel. The hard, real work on the wheel is, or should have been, already done. The Wright also believes any mug can put on a tyre, but also knows good work can be spoilt very easily at this stage.

Over the years as the wheel involved, some methods have not altered, and cannot be altered, but l have given you both the old methods or systems, plus the way with modern machines and tools where they can be used to advantage. The book starts with the Wheel component names, a little about them and how they are assembled. We move on to Dish, and if you don't know how important this is, you soon will. A little about Tread preparation and old Wheels. Then Sizing of the Wheel, the most critical and essential aspect of tyring, whether new or old wheels.

All Wheelwrights would agree that tyring is in vain if the wheel is not sized correctly. But most still rely on judgment and some are pretty good at it, but there is a better way. Even practicing Wheelwright’s may pick up a new idea or two in this chapter as l have taken out much of the guesswork. It was not something that l was shown, but a system l have developed over the years by logical or lateral thought and works very well. We then get to the actual tyring of the wheels, and l know you will find a lot to read and absorb, but there is a lot to absorb about correct tyring, let alone the full Wheelwright trade.

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1. Component Names

2. Dish

3. Preparation Of Tread
3.1 Plain or coned tread

4. Old Wheels

5. Sizing Up The Wheel

6. Tyre Sections
6.1 Types
6.2 Metal tyres
6.3 Sections
6.4 Thickness and Width

7. Rolling Tyres
7.1 The plan
7.2 Measuring
7.3 Rollers
7.4 Hand
7.5 Cone

8. Sizing Tyres
8.1 Use of the traveller
8.2 Draft or Draw
8.3 Measuring coned tyres

9. Welding Up
9.1 Fire welding
9.2 Modern

10. Tyring Plates Or Platforms
10.1 Specification
10.2 Water Cooling
10.3 Commercial Plates
10.4 Home made l

11. Heating Tyres
11.1 Specification
11.2 Expansion of steel
11.3 Tools
11.4 Open fires
11.5 Expansion burners
11.6 Coned tyres
11.7 Furnaces

12. Getting On/Lining Up & Setting
12.1 Doing it
12.2 Tools
12.3 Cones
12.4 Lining up
12.5 Accidents
12.6 Problem wheels
12.7 Testing tyres
12.8 Summary

13. Tyre Bolts & Plates
13.1 Principles
13.2 Types

14. Cutting & Shutting Old Tyres
14.1 Discussion
14.2 Doing it

15. Cold Tyring Process
15.1 The process
15.2 West’s tyre setter
15.3 Operating a tyre setter
15.4 Summary of advantages

16. Strakes
16.1 About Strakes
16.2 Tools
16.3 Rules of the game
16.4 Old method of fixing (shoeing)
16.5 Modern methods of fixing, cheating

17. Rubber Tyres
17.1 About Rubber
17.2 Steel versus Rubber
17.3 Types of rubber tyres
17.4 Getting them on

18. Conclusion

19. Past Present & Future

20. William Proctor's