Wagon Coach Seat

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Project by Norman1 posted 01-06-2016 02:39 PM 583 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a great project. A friend of mine reached out to me a few days prior to Christmas when he won the big at an auction for the above wagon coach seat and wanted to give it to his parents for a holiday gift. The original wood on the coach seat was is rough shape after decades and potentially even a century of neglect. Both the wood and hardware was in need of a fresh start or replacement. I worked on the wood and Jim worked on the rusty metal and as you can see from the final product it came looking like new. The compound mitered side and back seat rest needed to be shaped to fit the reworked hardware in addition to the shaping needed to accommodate the hand forged springs. The seat is surprisingly comfortable, firm yet springy. When Jim provided the gift to his parents the other gifts given by his siblings were put to shame in a way that can only be appreciated by good quality sibling rivalry. Because of the short timeline we work on the project and completed the project in 3 long days.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 03:42 PM

Wow, that thing came out beautiful ! And in only 3 days? You guys must have spent at least one night in the shop ! :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 01-06-2016 04:38 PM

Joe thanks for the comments. The days were long and each day we departed it was well into the darkness of night. I was two hours late for a Xmas party because of working so late to get the project completed.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#3 posted 01-06-2016 06:24 PM

Oh yeah…. that is a nice piece. I clicked on the project and before long everyone in the office (including my boss) were checking it out saying how nice it looked. I live in IA so everyone knew what it was and commented on how nice it looked. One of my co-workers asked if I knew anyone that could make something like that….. She now wants one for her front porch.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 01-06-2016 06:55 PM

Earl. I want one for my front porch too. It seems that all of us will need to search auctions for the old coach seats and then make them part of our own homes.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#5 posted 01-07-2016 08:53 PM

Beatiful job. Is a great idea and try to copy some time. Congratulation and thank for share. Is great!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 01-07-2016 10:15 PM

You did a fine job on this wagon seat.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 01-14-2016 12:10 AM

I bought a raffle ticket for a bench similar to this and was only one number off, I was so disappointed because I loved it so much. This looks great, you did a fantastic job!

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