Has anyone ever seen or restored this style of wheel before
Google "dayton discwood wheels" - shows up in a number of period trade publications:
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That's the first complete Himico conversion unit I have ever seen. Might make an interesting restoration project for someone.
Wooden disc wheels seem to me to be fraught with disaster.
Yabba Dabba Doo! Those wheels remind me of the paper pilot wheels used on some old steam locomotives.
I guess with enough pressure and the correct orientation of the veneer, a strong wheel would result. I wonder though, if most period adhesives wouldn't have presented a durability problem .
The WW1 Renault FT17 tank used wood wheels just like this. This tank was made under license here is the USA and I remember seeing one in the 1960s up in Oxnard or someplace near there that was being used as a roadside attraction. The paint on the wood wheels was long gone but the wood itself was still intact.
Depending on how they attach to the rim, I see them as no different than a "normal" wood spoke wheel. There are 12 wedges instead of 12 spokes. The wedges should act as "giant/oversize spokes. The main thing would be to get the "grain" right in each wedge.
I'd be interested in an opinion from Stutzman's Wheel Shop,.....I'll bet he knows,........harold
The look like they were made on a farm for a farm.