How to Make Wooden Spoked Carriage Wheels

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Wooden-spoke carriage wheels are sold in kits and can be expensive. However, making wooden-spoke carriage wheels can be accomplished at home with a few inexpensive craft supplies and a few hours of your time. Adjust the measurements of this project to fit the dimensions of your particular craft project as needed.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Wooden spool
  • Ruler
  • 3/16-inch bit
  • Power drill
  • 6-inch wooden embroidery hoop
  • 8 dowel rods, 1/4 inch
  • Hacksaw
  • Electric pencil sharpener
  • Rubber mallet

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    Center and Rim of Wheel

  1. 1

    Draw a line with a pencil around the middle of a wooden spool that is about 1 3/4 inches long and 1 3/8 inches in diameter. Use a ruler to find the centre lengthwise point on the spool.

  2. 2

    Make a mark about every 3/4 inches on the wood spool line with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Drill 3/16-inch holes into each of the marks around the diameter of the spool with a 3/16-inch bit and power drill. You will have eight holes in all, about 1/8-inch deep. These holes are to hold your spokes, or dowel rods.

  4. 4

    Take the inner hoop from a wooden embroidery hoop that is 6 inches in diameter and mark the inside of the embroidery hoop about every 3 inches with a pencil. Place your marks in the centre inside of the hoop in a straight line. You should have eight marks when done.

  5. 5

    Drill 3/16-inch holes in each of the marks on the embroidery hoop, 1/8-inch deep.


  1. 1

    Cut a 1/4-inch-wide dowel rod into eight sections, each section 3 inches long, using a hacksaw.

  2. 2

    Sharpen both ends of each dowel rod with an electric pencil sharpener until the ends are 1/8-inch thick.

  3. 3

    Insert the eight 3-inch dowel rods into the holes on the spool and tap them into the spool with a rubber mallet until they are secure.

  4. 4

    Line up the holes on the embroidery hoop with the dowel rods on the spool and work the embroidery hoop over the ends of the dowel rods carefully, pulling as needed to stretch the wood on the embroidery hoop without breaking it. As you align each hole with each dowel rod, use the rubber mallet to tap the embroidery hoop hole onto the dowel rod ends. Once the embroidery hoop is connected to the dowel rods work your way around the wheel, tapping the dowel rods, embroidery hoop rim and spool together with your rubber mallet.

Tips and warnings

  • Use wood glue after construction as desired to hold the parts of your carriage wheels in place.

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