|Project by Grantman||posted 01-04-2013 12:04 AM||1181 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
I reconnected after 40+ years with a high school buddy. Turns out he’s a leather craftsman. One day I found two belts in the mail out of nowhere. Calling to thank him and ask what I could do to repay his generosity, he said, “make a toy for my grandson.” The next day, ironically, I was at another buddy’s house where I told the tale and turns out he was throwing out an antique wagon that had sat on his father-in-law’s porch for 30 years. He said, “take it.” So I did.
I had a piece of cherry and cut it to replace the old pine (which can be seen in the background of one of the workbench shots). I sanded the rust off the metal parts and spray pained them. Bought new brass screws, rods, and acorn nuts, and voila! Renovated wagon.
A weird anecdote: the original wheels simply screwed onto the axels so the wagon could never really be used as pulling in one direction, one wheel would unscrew and vice-versa. Or if they were tightened down, no movement at all. I drilled out the wheels and bought new axels, and cut threads for the acorn nuts. It’s now a toy and not a decoration.
The difference between the colors in the picture is fluorescent vs. incandescent. I used Arm-R-Seal wipe on poly for a natural finish.