While test fitting new hickory spokes I recently got from Lang's, I noticed the spokes end not to fit the hole of the fellow. After measuring the delivered 30x3-1/2 inch spokes , found the tendons to be to be just under 9/16 of an inch in diameter.
My questions to you is: 1. this is normal, once pressed with the Regans press they will squeeze in, or 2. I should start sanding all 24 of them down to the correct 1/2 inch fellow size hole.
Another question would be, the weight of the individual spokes. Some weigh in 1.05 onces more then others. Should I spread the spokes evenly weight wise, not to get an unbalance in the wheel, or would this be too far-fetched. i.e not relevant to balance of the finished wheel. Your suggestions and thoughts please.
I'm not going to try to answer your questions (somebody will), but your T has a BEAUTIFUL body!
Can you post a picture of the whole body?
The correct dimension for the 1/2" nonimal tenon is .544 inches or just under 9/16 as you measured. That is why you need a press since they do press into place. There is certainly no harm in distributing the weight of the spokes around the wheel but I suspect most of the weight is at the hub end and being closer to the center of rotation makes the weight there less of a problem but clearly there is no good reason not to distribute the weight of the spokes evenly as you can but remember that there is still a good chance you will need to add some weight somewhere to get the wheel perfectly balanced since the steel rim and felloe are not balanced any more than the tire is.
thanks John, this was the kind of advice I was hoping for. Start priming and painting the spokes this weekend. The press I made last week. Can hardly wait to start pressing a few dozen spokes myself now!