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Project by freddy1962 posted 129 days ago 739 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given this old sleigh frame a few years back. It was located in an old barn, on an old homestead built in the late 1800’s. The story was, this sleigh was used to haul firewood back in the day. The owner of the property stated the sleigh had been in the barn as long as he could remember. He was 92. I really didn’t have any plans, I just went with it. I did this in the first week of last December. It was a gift to my Wife for Christmas. The frame is all 8/4 red oak. The body is oak and also some vintage softer woods. I’m debating whether to finish it with the contoured piece under the rail or leave it as it is. My Wife liked the rust, so I didn’t sandblast or paint it. We’re going to let it weather for a few years and then seal it. It does function and is extremely solid. I did throw a strap on it and pull it down the driveway, behind the Jeep when we had snow.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 129 days ago

You did a nice job saving this piece of the past. Will make a great display around the house for the holidays. Perhaps if you connect a reindeer to it you can deliver gifts. ha ah Good save and well worth it.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#2 posted 129 days ago

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 129 days ago

It’s beautiful. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#4 posted 128 days ago

Looks great in the picture. Now we’re talking.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#5 posted 128 days ago

Great save and what a treasure. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#6 posted 121 days ago

Awesome antique sleigh! Great restore, it will last for another hundred years to be enjoyed.

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