Got this spiffy spoke jack on eBay .... but ... it's too short. Can I use it safely with wood or metal block? Or .... is there anyone out there who needs a short one and would trade for a longer one?
It shouldn't be a problem to make it longer, a new piece of all-thread or cut it in the middle and weld a length of pipe in it.
Use a piece of hard wood as a spacer. Carving one side of the wood spacer to match the curve of the inside of the felloe would be a nice touch.
Oil the threads on the spoke jack before using to make them easier to turn.
Ok, thatís what I thought. But .. does anyone out there need a short one and have a long one to trade?
I've never used one or even seen one in person. How short is it? I'd hate to ruin the patina by welding or replacing the threaded portion. However, if it is short enough, could you build an adapter from threaded rod and a rod nut?
I can just make a hardwood block to go between the jack and the felloe. So stupid of me ... the seller did have the longer version at auction as well. Itís still there if anyone is interested.
Don't be afraid, the wood block will work fine.
Yup ... now that's what I'm talkin about. :-)
Mark, about 4 1/2 years ago I gave a longer spoke jack to our friend Jack Daron. It's exactly what you need. If you know Jack's sons maybe they'll trade with you.
Looks to me like one of those wouldn't be terribly difficult to make.
I saw this home-made one on an earlier thread, using all-thread, a couple of nuts and washers, and some carved hardwood:
Hi all ;
Can I use this Spoke Jack on this kind of wheels ???.
Thanks for your answer.
Toon, I don't think those of us with wood fellos should dare that.