Covered Wagon for Grandpa Dave

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Project by Alongiron posted 1198 days ago 3579 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.....

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#1 posted 1198 days ago

Looks good from here!! Nice job.

-- "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 1198 days ago

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 1198 days ago

Great job!! Nice detail.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 1198 days ago

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.....

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#5 posted 1198 days ago

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 1198 days ago

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

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1197 days ago

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 1197 days ago

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 1196 days ago

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.

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#10 posted 1193 days ago

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 709 days ago


-- Jay, Texas, @MyGarage.home

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#12 posted 709 days ago

Love the detail and finishing!! Awesome replica!

-- Jay, Texas, @MyGarage.home

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