The Wheels
The wheels are made from rotary cut oak veneers. Each veneer was rotated 36 degrees from the previous layer to maximize grain direction alignment with the spokes. A walnut sunburst was cut for the front while a cherry sunburst was used on the back. The 3-dimensional spoke floaters were copied on a pantograph machine which we fabricated. An aluminum plate with a 15degree bevel was glued and though-bolted to the front and rear faces of each wheel. These plates are designed to spread the loads seen by the lugbolts when the engine is pulling.
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