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I wanted a wood steering wheel to match the koa wood trim I made for the lower part of my dash. So I decided to make my own. First thing was to find a donor wheel. I didn’t want to spend the money for a new wheel only to hack it up. So I got a used signature series by Grant from a guy on Craigslist.
First thing was to remove the old wood without damaging the wheel.
Next was cutting the wooden pieces so that it had 8 sides like a stop sign and glued it up. You may wonder why I did it the hard way but I didn’t want any end grain to show on the wheel. So the wheel has 16 total pieces.
Then I needed to make a prototype with MDF.
Next up was cutting the shape of the wheel with a router and home made circle jig.
After all that was done, I routed a 1/2” round over on both sides as I wanted the wooden part 1” in diameter.
Now it was time to glue it up. I used West Systems epoxy resin for the strength as it will adhere the wooden as well as metal part. I also staggered the joints for strength.
It is the finishing part now. I sanded all the parts round put two coats of epoxy resin on it And sanded with 320 grit sandpaper before applying several coats of automotive clear.
Thanks for looking.


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I wanted a wood steering wheel to match the koa wood trim I made for the lower part of my dash. So I decided to make my own. First thing was to find a donor wheel. I didn’t want to spend the money for a new wheel only to hack it up. So I got a used signature series by Grant from a guy on Craigslist.
First thing was to remove the old wood without damaging the wheel.
Next was cutting the wooden pieces so that it had 8 sides like a stop sign and glued it up. You may wonder why I did it the hard way but I didn’t want any end grain to show on the wheel. So the wheel has 16 total pieces.
Then I needed to make a prototype with MDF.
Next up was cutting the shape of the wheel with a router and home made circle jig.
After all that was done, I routed a 1/2” round over on both sides as I wanted the wooden part 1” in diameter.
Now it was time to glue it up. I used West Systems epoxy resin for the strength as it will adhere the wooden as well as metal part. I also staggered the joints for strength.
It is the finishing part now. I sanded all the parts round put two coats of epoxy resin on it And sanded with 320 grit sandpaper before applying several coats of automotive clear.
Thanks for looking.
VERY, VERY, NICE.

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that wheel would look good in any car, your the master with wood.
 

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Things that I cannot do ------ > this
Things that I am impressed with -------- > this

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That looks fantastic. Underappreciated part of the car, the steering wheel. You usually just get what you get. But with your skills you can totally customize to personal preference, the same way a guitar neck can be sized by a luthier to fit the musician's requirements. Great looking wheel, and one-off.
 

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Great pics of the process... and very cool looking steering wheel!
 

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Very impressive.
 

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I wanted a wood steering wheel to match the koa wood trim I made for the lower part of my dash. So I decided to make my own. First thing was to find a donor wheel. I didn’t want to spend the money for a new wheel only to hack it up. So I got a used signature series by Grant from a guy on Craigslist.
First thing was to remove the old wood without damaging the wheel.
Next was cutting the wooden pieces so that it had 8 sides like a stop sign and glued it up. You may wonder why I did it the hard way but I didn’t want any end grain to show on the wheel. So the wheel has 16 total pieces.
Then I needed to make a prototype with MDF.
Next up was cutting the shape of the wheel with a router and home made circle jig.
After all that was done, I routed a 1/2” round over on both sides as I wanted the wooden part 1” in diameter.
Now it was time to glue it up. I used West Systems epoxy resin for the strength as it will adhere the wooden as well as metal part. I also staggered the joints for strength.
It is the finishing part now. I sanded all the parts round put two coats of epoxy resin on it And sanded with 320 grit sandpaper before applying several coats of automotive clear.
Thanks for looking.


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What a skill set to have !
That’s brilliant. Thanks for posting with pics.
 
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