I went and bought a lathe for myself last fall. I've always wanted one. It's kept me pretty busy over the past winter. Here's what I have to show for the hack project: Turned this axle out (not yet cut to length) I bored out the center of the brake plate, and pressed a new center. Here's the axle assembled to the wheel. It's still early yet in the project. No guarantees on when she'll be on 3 wheels.