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steel banding wooden blocks


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I agree you may be too hot
When putting an iron tire on a wooden wheel you need to start with a close fit, heat the steel evenly slide it over the wood then put water on the steel to shrink. On a wheel you should hear the wood starting to creek under the pressure of the shrinking iron, if not it probably is too loose

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This is easy, all I used to do when I was an apprentice was make the band about 1/4" smaller in circumference than the block, get the band to a "greasy stick" heat then push the sucker onto the block with a 1 ton Massey hammer, oh you may not have access to a 1 ton hammer. That may make a difference, sorry.

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