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Hospice Cart Wheel install

There are no dates on the wheels but I assume they came from an old factory cart. Working with a friend to determine the best method of attachment it became clear that some machining would be necessary. I’m sure that you have used one of the showing carts that have a bad wheel that goes thump thump thump as it turns. Neither of these wheels was centered on the shaft. Imagine the sound as I thumped down a dark cement corridor in a factory.   

With a new shaft, bronze bushings and bronze thrust washers the wheels are attached with an adjustable taper bearing that works great.


Each of the lower rails was 7/8 inch thick. I glued on an additional piece to provide strength where the axel passed through . Then I used a hole saw to make the holes. Yes I could have used an auger and bit but to keep tolerances tight it seemed to be easier to keep the hole perpendicular to the rail with the saw. That done I could attach the large wheels. The smaller wheels required a couple of mortise and tenons to place a board between the rails, than they were bolted on. Almost done.


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  1. May 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    It was so nice to meet you in person @ Handworks! And I can’t wait to see how your cart turns out.

  2. May 17, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    The wheels are beautiful. I’m sure they’ll work much better than they were ever intended after their machining.

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