|Decorative Wheel Covers
|Always looking for ways to make my WW I wannabe
British fighter look more authentic, I added these
period, star-pattern wheelcovers. It was a fun project
and one I thought worth sharing. If I can attach these
covers to my wheel barrow wheels, you can do a
similar job on your wheels. Here is how....
|The pattern was duplicated
from a SPAD, an American
built plane flown by British
|Create a pentagon
using angles of 72
from point O to find
the star's points, or
geometrically using a
compass and some
basic drafting tools.
Use card stock or
the cardboard from
the back of a writing
tablet to draw on.
|1) Draw a circle with radius O-C
2) Draw right angle lines O-C &
3) Bisect distance O-B to find pt.
|4) Swing arc D-E,C from pt. D
5) Swing arc C-F,E from pt. C
6) "Walk" arc C-F around
|Next, connect arc marks you
made on the circle with a
straightedge. Wallah! A star!
Cut it out for a reuseable
|Use a trammel compass to draw a
circle on .016 alclad alumunum
stock. Cut it out using tin snips.
|Mark right angle lines on
tape, you may need them
later. A circle cutter in a
drill press makes neat work
of cutting out the hub hole.
|A hole knock-out used in
sheet metal work is a neat
tool for making the valve
|If you forgot, like I did, to drill the five attaching
holes (note orientation to star points) and no
longer have the center to work from; tape the
center hub hole scrap to the pattern and insert it
into the hole. For appearancd sake be sure to
align the stem hole opposite one of the star's
Mark the five holes and drill 'em out to accept the
screws that will hold the disk to the wooden hub.
|JB Weld does a great job of gluing the
plywood hub backup disk to the metal
wheel hub. The decorative star pattern
disk will be held securely to the wheel
with the five screws. The disk must
turn with the wheel!
|#3 Scribe Circle
|#5 Valve Stem
|#6 Mounting Holes
|#7 Plywood Hub