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Forum topic by Scottinwv posted 07-10-2016 03:43 PM 433 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2016 03:43 PM

I was given an antique sleigh which is in very poor condition. The wood is barely enough to use as patterns, but all the hardware and fittings are there.

The sleigh will be displayed in my front yard for a couple weeks at Christmas each year, then stored inside.
It appears to have been something like poplar.

I have the following available:

White oak
Red oak
Honduran Mahogany
Red Cedar
Douglas Fir

I’m leaning towards Redwood. It will be painted, not varnished. I’ve built boats and used bead and cove cedar strips, so that may be an option for the curved pieces. If going that route, it might be covered in 4 oz fiberglass.

What are your thoughts?

Thanks in advance,


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#1 posted 07-10-2016 06:19 PM

I would use a weather resistant wood and not paint it. White oak, walnut, mahogany, cedar or redwood. Personally I would lean toward white oak or maybe red cedar. If you are determined to paint it then just use pine, what does it matter.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 07-10-2016 08:55 PM

I can’t help you on what type of wood, but I would LOVE to see restoration pic’s, before and after, of this if possible! Very curious. I bet others would also!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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