Covered Wagon for Grandpa Dave

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Project by Alongiron posted 04-17-2011 03:06 PM 9988 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Grandpa Dave wanted me to make this Covered Wagon. Grandma is going to make the cover and Grandpa is going to carve a couple of Oxen to pull it. The Wagon itself is 14” long, 8” wide, and stands 18” to the top of the bows. It is all made of Maple and finished with 2 coats of clear shellac. The Undercarriage is to exact specifications to those in the 1800’s. Those spoked wheels were tough to make. I laminated thin strips of maple, then soaked them over night in water, and made a form for the shape of the bows. I glued them to a thin strip of maple with half lap joints. This will allow the bows to be removed from the wagon. It was probably the single toughest thing that I have had to do. I think I have approx 100 hours into this wagon working nights and weekends. When I first started I did not think it would be to difficult but the wheels and the bows were pretty tough.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 03:20 PM

Looks good from here!! Nice job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 03:53 PM

Did you Toys&Joys pattern for the wagion. It looks just like it. Any way great job ,very nice.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 04:02 PM

Great job!! Nice detail.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 04:07 PM

Chuck. I did use that pattern. I increased the size and added my own bows that were not part of the plan. It was a real challenge. Thanks.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 06:19 PM

Very nice! I am sure your Grandpa Dave loves it.

-- Even if we don't know how, we can still try.

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 07:20 PM

Fantastic wonderful wagon
The best thing about being a woodworker is making things for people we love.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 04-18-2011 04:28 PM

That’s very nice, it looks like time well spent. Please post more pictures after Grandma and Grandpa make their parts.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#8 posted 04-18-2011 07:30 PM

outstanding job!!!! I gave up trying to bend wood so very much in awe of those that are successful, i always end up with 2 pieces slightly curved on one end after they break. thanks for sharing

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#9 posted 04-19-2011 07:37 AM

very good work ! Yes lots of man hours I know I built a small wagon with working breaks and working wheels. Check out my wagon in my projects. Mine isn’t nice like yours though I need some improvements on mine. I looked at some libbary books and got Ideas and made my own pattern for my wagon and still have them.
Thanks for sharring Jeff M.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#10 posted 04-22-2011 05:44 AM

real nice work, “you did yourself proud”, keep up the projects

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#11 posted 08-19-2012 01:09 AM


-- Jay, Texas, @MyGarage.home

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#12 posted 08-19-2012 01:12 AM

Love the detail and finishing!! Awesome replica!

-- Jay, Texas, @MyGarage.home

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