Haha yes it has a practical joint. Whoever has a cleaner joint is buying tomorrow at happy hour. i cut three tonight. First two were damn gappy and ugly. This is the first decent one. Pinned with bamboo and one coat of ars. being not a hand tool guy, this was a pretty cool exercise. I'd definatey at least giving it a try. I changed it do a slight dovetail because on both the first two, the stop sign thing seemed really not strong. One wing actually snapped along the grain line when fitting it together. and I agree, this joint is strong as crap. The first time it slid home with only mild pressure, it just plain LOCKED.
I appreciated all the information. These wheels have rubber tires that were probably glued on by NASA! I don't think these tires were ever meant to be removed by any normal human being, without damaging the wheels. As much as I was trying to avoid this eventuality, I am going to face the music and send the wheels to Northfield. Wilbur, how does crowning the tires help with re-sawing?