Irish Mail Carts Christmas 2012

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Project by Roz posted 01-14-2013 03:38 AM 3542 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I built two of these as gifts this Christmas 2012. One cart is painted red/black and the other in yellow/black. They were built from kits I found through Rockler wood working. When I ordered the kits they were sent to an address in another state which otherwise matched my own address. I had to pay postage twice in order to get the kits I bought. The company would not send them otherwise.
I followed the plans provided exactly. I found much of the layout and details difficult to interpret. All the wooden pieces are of White Oak and finished in enamel paint. These toys will be used, left in the rain and hopefully enjoyed for several years.
Once all the wooden pieces were made and the holes pre-drilled, I discovered they did not exactly fit. Some pieces did not even come close to fitting. I had to improvise solutions to make it all work as it should. It appears that no one checked the plan details before creating the kits. The hardware items in the kits were good quality and complete. I think the recipients will enjoy the Mail Carts, and I will never buy those kits again.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 04:54 AM

you will fer sure get some good gas mileage on this…maybe ad a side car and ill go along and read ya a story…

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

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 05:21 AM

Looks great. Bet it gets better mileage than the El Camino ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 06:58 AM

Hey Terry join the ranks of us who have bought “on line”, man it can be a real sort out at times, but they always seem to work out one way or another in the finish,
Main thing is, this gear looks like it will the trashed (as intended) for years to come.
nice one mate :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 04:24 PM

Your patience paid off, just like the El Camino in the background, take whatever it takes to finish, nice looking carts:-)

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#5 posted 01-14-2013 05:30 PM

They look real nice and it look like a fun project to build.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 09:58 PM

Nice project. Rockler can be a pain.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 10:01 PM

Great for the kids. You did a amazing job on these in spite of the problems you encountered.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 10:47 PM

Nice toy.

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#9 posted 01-16-2013 03:31 AM

You guys make me laugh! Yeah, it gets better milage than the El Camino but it not nearly as much fun to drive.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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