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Project by conwaydog posted 02-01-2008 06:50 PM 1645 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started out with this old seat and a steel wagon frame w/ nothing on it but the wheels. It is built out of poplar. I have been working on it for about 8wks in the evening, when the warden would allow. I built the seat first for my dads xmas present then finished up with the wagon bed. He has not seen it yet, delivering it tomorrow. It has removable front and rear panels, the bed is floating on 4 post that are welded to the frame, the bed and can be removed by unbolting the break pedal and 2 unions at the break lines. I installed a ball valve to use as a break lock. I have not changed the wheels yet but I will.

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#1 posted 02-01-2008 07:01 PM

Okay, that’s like a real wagon. When I read the title I was expecting something my grandson would play with. Pretty cool.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 02-01-2008 07:53 PM

This is cool. I really like the rustic look but it’s missing something. Like…I dunno…maybe a set of those Gangster chrome hubcaps…You know, the ones that keep turning after you stop the car? I know my father-in-law would freakin’ kill me! LOL! I used to bug him with that idea about his restored 1949 Plymouth Coupe…Putting a flame job on it with Gangster rims. Said he’d shoot me from the grave if I did.

Ahhhh man, you bring back some fond memories. He’s gone now, died a couple years ago, but the car remains as he left it.

Nice wagon Conway.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#3 posted 02-01-2008 07:54 PM

a real wagon and beauty at that!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 02-01-2008 08:12 PM

That is a REAL wagon!!!!!! I was like Russel when I first saw the title of the post. Boy was this a surprise.

I like the poplar. The mineral streaking gives the wood a lot of character.

Thanks for “making my day”

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-01-2008 08:56 PM

Good idea.

-- Jiri

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#6 posted 02-02-2008 06:16 AM

Very nice job!

For the seat on the finished wagon, did you salvage and refinish any wood from the original? I have a couple items of the same sort of age and condition as your seat was in before you started work, and I am wondering if they can be revived…

-- Nick, Guelph, ON

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#7 posted 02-02-2008 11:45 AM

Cool wagon. Same reaction as others when I read the title.

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#8 posted 12-16-2008 11:58 PM

Yes, it is a parade quality of wagon and I plan to keep it that way. I totally rebuilt the box out of red oak and saved the undercarriage as it was modified by the old timers. I am building a smaller and less finished wagon to use for hayrides and trail rides on our farm and just working with the horses.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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