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Blog entry by Karson posted 11-20-2008 09:36 PM 2948 reads 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had seen this vintage sleigh in Wood magazine some time ago and I had to go searching to find it again. It was in December 1997, Issue 101 I believe that I’ve seen it somewhere else but I didn’t want to buy the article without searching further. One of the new officers at the Woodworking Club thought he might have it.

He did and he brought the magazine to me and i scanned it and created a pdf for future use and to keep from cutting up his magazine.

The sleigh was found at the Wyck, the Haines house in Northern Philadelphia. The Wyck Association provided it to Wood magazine. The one in Wood was made out of Cherry but I decided to make these out of Sapele.

I printed the plans.

And I made a brass template for the turned piece.

I filed it down.

And I put it in my mini lathe duplicator.

I failed to get the pictures of turning the spindle. Maybe later since I’m going to make about 10 for Christmas.

The runners were cut on my bandsaw. 1/16” slices, 5 thick to get a runner 5/16. I was able to bend them around the form without steam or hot water.

I stack cut the pieces 8 at a time. All pieces were 1/4” thick done by resawing and planing to thickness.

The ends had an angle and the sides had a different angle. I used my sliding table to cut all of the angles.

Sanded and did a 1/8” round over on the appropriate edges.

The under the sleigh mount for the runners needed a 14 deg angle on a dado slot.

I cut them on my new sliding table jig for the bandsaw.

I used a block of wood cut at the appropriate angle to use on the sled.

The legs had the piece cut off using a mini saw and a chisel.

Dry fitting them on the runners.

All glued up.

I broke one of the sleigh bottoms because of the squirrelly grain.

All glued up and a coat of shellac.

I made two for door prizes for the Mason Dixon Holiday Dinner for tonight. I got done with 4 hours to spare.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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Richard Williams

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#1 posted 11-20-2008 09:48 PM

I am in AWE. Outstanding work from an Artisan and you have proven it so many times. Just absolutely great.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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Karson

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#2 posted 11-20-2008 09:51 PM

Thanks Richard. I’m in awe of the craftsman who made the original many years ago.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#3 posted 11-20-2008 10:05 PM

Brilliant Karson. Great explanation for many to follow.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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lew

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#4 posted 11-20-2008 10:12 PM

Great Work, Karson.

I really like your technique for making a template for spindle turning.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Karson

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#5 posted 11-20-2008 10:21 PM

I can cut a spindle in about 8 minutes and have them all the same.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#6 posted 11-20-2008 10:41 PM

wow very nice karson! those will make some great Christmas presents.

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#7 posted 11-20-2008 10:59 PM

Neat project. They came out beautifully.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#8 posted 11-21-2008 05:04 AM

Sweet!!! Great Blog Karson!!! Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 11-21-2008 05:11 AM

Karson where are the Kids
great job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Karson

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#10 posted 11-21-2008 05:15 AM

The kids are in Baltimore, Woodstock, VA, Philla PA, Flemington NJ and 2 at home yet. Currently one son is living with his sister in VA

Thanks. My wife tells me tonight that I need to have one finished by Sat and 2 by Thanksgiving so the kids can have them at their home for Christmas. So much for having 38 day to get them completed.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#11 posted 11-21-2008 05:23 AM

Well geter done I no you can do it I no how wifes are I got one

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#12 posted 12-03-2008 03:49 AM

Hi Karson! Nice work and thanks for all the work to post such an informative blog. Merry Christmas buddy!

-- Bob A in NJ

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