Pony Cart Seatback

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Project by BTKS posted 07-30-2009 11:11 PM 3800 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun little project. My wife decided the family needed a pony. Well, the pony we came up with is trained to drive as well as ride. So, we wound up with harness and cart too. The original cart didn’t have enough arms and back to hold grandma and two grandchild passengers. I was drafted to replace the back and arms with something suitable. This is what I came up with. I used oak and hickory I logged about 10 years ago and used an old buckboard seat as inspiration. The original seat had 20 degree splay to the back and arms. I decided on 10 degrees and I’m really glad I did. This sits real nice and takes just a little weight off the shafts when you lean back. The shafts are the long bars that run up either side of the pony. Finished with two coats of boiled linseed oil and one coat of Johnson’s floor wax. Just wanted something to keep the occasional rain off. The sides form tennons into the handles with stopped dados, the sides are rabbeted into the back and joined with several screws. I really don’t want grandma and the girls to get a sudden surprise when falling off the back. I plan on adding a shot of the pony hitched up soon. Hope you all enjoy looking and I welcome criticism and comments. Usually the fastest way to get better. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#1 posted 07-31-2009 12:30 AM

I was wondering what I would do when my carts seat finally wears out! We have an “Easy Entry Cart” that we’ve owned for 14+ years that has a frame similar to yours. I see you have springs under the seat. They do make for a smooth ride.
Anyways, you’ve done a great job. I always like oak and the way it works. Great work!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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