Amish carriage restoration

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Project by gdemo posted 11-09-2009 08:02 PM 4038 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Amish carriage I recently restored. Alot of woodworking went into it because of rot from being outdoors. Copletely striped to bear wood (alot of layers of paint) Removed and replaced rotted wood on doors, sills and door pillars. also copiied all wooden parts on undercarriage and installed them. Also did some wheel repairs including some new spokes. Customer is very happy!!

-- I ams what I ams and thats all that I ams...(Popye!)

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#1 posted 11-09-2009 09:35 PM

A very cool project! Looks good!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 11-09-2009 10:34 PM

nice work

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#3 posted 11-09-2009 10:40 PM

I wonder why we don’t have more Amish folks posting projects. LOL

-- San Diego, CA

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#4 posted 11-09-2009 11:20 PM

Interpim, My daughter lives in the heart of Amish country Lancaster county PA. They don’t use electricity so that would rule out the internet. They also don’t use computers or most modern devices. Only a few have phones for safety reasons. They are still tending thier crops with horse drawn plows & thrashers. Also the woodwork is pretty plan.

-- Billp

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#5 posted 11-10-2009 01:33 AM

we have a few Amish here in OH, and some even close to where I live – they make great donuts! :D Great work! I’d like to just rent the horse, please :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#6 posted 11-10-2009 03:40 AM

I was actually joking Billp… I know they don’t use electricity :)

-- San Diego, CA

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#7 posted 11-10-2009 03:46 AM

Looks great ,Thats a big job. well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 11-10-2009 08:36 AM

Good rebuild! Nice to save a working implement, BTKS

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

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#9 posted 11-10-2009 09:12 AM

Shades of yesteryear!. Reminds me of Ohio where I was reared. Had an Amish community close by…...was really scary coming up on one of these buggies on a dark night… light but a swaying lantern.

Great restoration!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#10 posted 11-10-2009 04:38 PM

Nice job!
I restored one of these buggies back in the 1970’s and took the wheels and axles to an Amish buggy shop in NW Indiana to get the wheel boxings (wheel hubs) updated with Timken bearings. Timken bearings are the same tapered cone type used an most American cars before front wheel drive that sure made it roll like a dream. When I went to the buggy shop from to pick up my parts the boss told his helper to go get the wheels for “the English Man from Ohio”. 8-) Most anyone that isn’t Amish is known by them to be an “English Man”.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 11-10-2009 06:38 PM

Sorry Interpim I didn’t notice the LOL. I have got to slow down!

-- Billp

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#12 posted 11-11-2009 03:34 PM

thanks everyone! I really enjoy restoreing antiques. I have never been happier. When you can turn your hobby into your business its a wonderful thing!!

-- I ams what I ams and thats all that I ams...(Popye!)

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#13 posted 11-24-2009 05:06 PM

I am assuming that this was not done for an Amish client. They tend to keep as much as possible within their community. And since you are posting on an internet forum, I am guessing you aren’t at least directly Amish…

How does a person come by an Amish buggy to restore?

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#14 posted 11-25-2009 03:11 PM

dbhost..this one belongs to a custoomer of mine. He picked it up in Pennsylvania. I have purchased them in the past at carriage auctions, again in PA. I have found out while working on them there are 2 types those from P.A. And those from Ohio. The major difference is in the axles and bearings.

-- I ams what I ams and thats all that I ams...(Popye!)

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#15 posted 03-04-2010 01:28 AM

Wow. I just came across this. The skill here on LJ amazes me.

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