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Antique Sleigh Resto

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Project by freddy1962 posted 03-16-2014 11:27 AM 834 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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#1 posted 03-16-2014 01:45 PM

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 03-16-2014 03:10 PM

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#3 posted 03-16-2014 04:02 PM

It’s beautiful. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#4 posted 03-16-2014 08:10 PM

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 03-17-2014 02:10 AM

Great save and what a treasure. Great job

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#6 posted 03-24-2014 01:39 PM

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

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