|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 pilots|
|Create a pentagon using angles of 72 degrees radiating from point O to find the star's points, or construct it 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 & A-B
3) Bisect distance O-B to find pt. D
|4) Swing arc D-E,C from pt. D
5) Swing arc C-F,E from pt. C
6) "Walk" arc C-F around circle
|Next, connect arc marks you made on the circle with a straightedge. Wallah! A star! Cut it out for a reuseable pattern.|
|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 stem hole.|
|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 points.
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!|
|#1 START HERE|
|#3 Scribe Circle|
|#4 Hub Hole|
|#5 Valve Stem Hole|
|#6 Mounting Holes|
|#7 Plywood Hub|