|Project by Alongiron||posted 04-17-2011 03:06 PM||8145 views||5 times favorited||12 comments|
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