Practical Carriage Building

Compiled by M.T. Richardson, Vol.1. 1891

A Tool for Sprining Wagon Wheel Spokes

The wooden part fig 86

I will describe a tool I use for springing the spoke when driving on a felloe. It is by no means a new tool and it has been used no doubt by some who may read this; but its use may save other brother workmen a ‘swear word’ or two.

I take, for instance, a good tough wagon spoke, mortise a three-eighths by one •inch hole, as shown in Fig. 86, about two-thirds of the distance from the top or small end of the spoke, and entirely through the same. I then go to the smith and get him to turn a hook on one end of a piece of light stake iron, as shown in Fig. 87, and drill or punch three or four five-eighths inch holes ill the straight part. I next bore a five-sixteenths inch hole through the piece (shown in Fig. 88) and the handle, crossing the mortise, and then insert the hook. I use a quarter inch bolt in fastening the two, so that I can easily remove the bolt from one hole to the other, as the length of spoke to be controlled shall dictate.

The iron part and completed tool fig 87-88

The tool is applied to a felloe as follows: I place the lower end of the wooden piece against one spoke and put the hook over the other, and when I pull I spring both spokes instead of one. It will surprise some wheelwrights to see how easily they can handle a wheel with this tool.—By F. C.