Hello again. I just finished a table for my garage that is made from a 1940s T-6 "Texan" main wheel. The T-6 was a World War 2 training aircraft. This project was a hoot! Everyone who I met while doing this was a real help.
The wheel is mounded on the base from a desk chair and is supported by a piece of heavy duty automotive exhaust pipe. A glass tabletop finishes it off.
I decided to use the base from a desk chair for this project because I knew the finished table was going to be very heavy, and I wanted to be able to move it easily.
Step 1: The wheel
The rim of the wheel is from an airplane parts dealer. It was slightly damaged on the back, so I got it for a good price. It is seen here being test fitted on a chair base.
Step 2: The tire
Finding a tire was another story. I didn’t want to spend the money for a new tire, so I searched for a used one. It turns out that the rim I purchased takes an unusual (in this day and age) sized tire. So finding one was much harder than I thought. But, I eventually found a really nice owner of this type of plane who offered me an old tire for free if I would drive the hundred miles to pick it up!
Step 3: Mounted
The parts were cleaned, and an inner tube was purchased from an agricultural supply store. The staff there was great, they unwrapped several inner tubes and matched them against the tire until they found one that everyone agreed was the right size.
I then took the tube, tire, and rim to get them mounted. There was a lively discussion of the amount of air pressure that was needed. It was decided to add just enough air until the tire bead was firmly seated on the rim. I later released excess air until only the amount required to support beer and nachos was left in the tire.