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Derek Cohen (in Perth, Australia)
...ever think of a wooden wheel. Now that is some fun building.
Tom, I think that I prefer the traditional look ... however, as this bench progresses, I have an interest in adding features that are more obviously industrial - inspired by the steel wheel that comes with the Benchcrafted tail vise.
I am planning on building rollers for the parallel guide - again a Benchcrafted innovation - but where their brackets are made from wood, I am making mine from aluminium (to hold a skateboard wheel).
There was a time when I was interested in building steering wheels for vintage cars. I had a Derrington on my 1957 Porsche 356 (regretfully sold last year), and I was convinced that I could do a better job. It is not a complex construction, just laminations of wood sandwiching a flat aluminium plate.
I will stick to my Jarrah turning
Regards from Perth