How to make gears

The things you build are just beyond my wood working talents. This gear project however, was explained so simply with such perfect step by step instructions, if I ever had a wooded box joint jig and needed a wooden gear, I feel pretty confident I could make one.Amazing video! Just a small tip. Before gluing […]

The things you build are just beyond my wood working talents. This gear project however, was explained so simply with such perfect step by step instructions, if I ever had a wooded box joint jig and needed a wooden gear, I feel pretty confident I could make one.Amazing video! Just a small tip. Before gluing the template, you can use blue (or transparent) tape over the wood and then glue the template to the tape. To remove the template, just remove the tape. Clean and easy!I’ve never made wooden gears but back when I was an industrial Maintenance Technician, I made metal gears by the paper template and bandsaw method. Sometimes a piece of machinery would break a gear tooth and it could take days to get a replacement. If it wasn’t a really high speed or precision gear, or a helical or bevel, I could put it on a xerox machine and make a copy, (actually two copies so I could cut and paste around the broken teeth). Then I cut the teeth on a band saw and hand filed them so they ran smooth. We didn’t have a milling machine or the cutters to mill them. The gears were nowhere near precise as the manufactured ones, but they only took a couple of hours to make and would last until replaceements arrived.

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