Rebuilt Wagon

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Project by Grantman posted 01-04-2013 12:04 AM 1267 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 12:14 AM

Fantastic job on that great looking wagon! Are the wheels cast iron? This is so cool!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 12:15 AM

Growing up on the east coast I would make trips with a similar wagon from the garden to the house. This brings back some good memories.

Great job and wonderful story.

-- Nicky

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 12:23 AM

Very cool wagon super job.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 12:49 AM

Super cool. Reminds me of a wagon my dad had in the barn when I was growing up. Great job of restoring an American treasure.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 07:52 AM

Beautiful present,awsome toy.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 01-04-2013 11:36 AM

Nice job, and it gave me an idea, Thanks.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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