Chuck Wagon

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Project by hunter71 posted 12-24-2011 01:31 PM 2359 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another wagon from Afghanistan. Again with a different braking system and steering design. These wheels are also a different size. The jig I designed allows me a lot of freedom in making my wheels. Copper treads are for being pretty and not likely used by our ancestors when they crossed the continent a century ago. The copper wrapped vertical ribs are for looks also. The brass nails in these vertical pieces do nothing for support, just looks. They are cut short and CA glued into the ribs. The box is full of little pots, pans, jugs and things. I see I did not have the water barrel sitting on the side, but I show the XXX barrel under the bed. Most likely that was deemed a necessary part of a cattle drive. I am home for the holidays now and Betty will assist me in making the cover. Red cedar for most of the wagon, poplar wheels and spokes are 3/16” poplar store bought dowels. All materials shipped from home.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 03:19 PM

Wow that is fantastic. Its always hard to get a sense of size and from your first picture I couldn’t tell whether it was a full sized wagon that was restored or someting smaller. You’ve done a great job and this project is very unqiue. There are so many great ideas on LJs. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 03:45 PM

i love the chuck wagon, i think im going to make one…good to see your home for a bit, im sure you will head back soon, i tried to go to the campground site, did you have to close it down….. i guess with you gone it was just to much…well merry christmas and thanks for the great project…i think this will be lots of fun, i need a good fun project…take care…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Bob Kollman

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#3 posted 12-24-2011 05:01 PM

The chuck wagon, that is another great piece for your collection.
Very realistic, that looks like it was a fun project to make. Glad
to see you home for the holidays Merry Christmas !!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#4 posted 12-24-2011 07:36 PM

Very nice! Now all you need is to carve some horses to pull it. Welcome home and Merry Christmas!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#5 posted 12-25-2011 01:03 AM

Very fine detail work, glad you included a place for the moonshine!

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 12-25-2011 10:20 AM

Nice job, a very cool looking chuck wagon with great detail.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#7 posted 12-25-2011 05:49 PM

Another beautiful project .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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#8 posted 12-25-2011 10:17 PM

great work thanks for sharing :-)


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Eli Adamit

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#9 posted 12-29-2011 05:38 PM

Really I feel the same as Woodbridge (The first comment). Please let us know the wagon dimensions.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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