|Forum topic by richgreer||posted 794 days ago||1453 views||0 times favorited||36 replies|
794 days ago
Some of you may recall that I recently purchased a ‘49 John Deere A. I really like that tractor. In addition, I have another John Deere that I have owned for about 12 years. My research indicates that it was probably built around 1900. Here are pictures -
You can see that the wooden handles are in very bad shape. When I first acquired it, I could lift it by the handles. The handles would definitely break if I tried to lift it now.
I’ve decided to make new handles. I realize that will make it less authentic, but those are probably not the original handles anyway. It was common to replace handles after they had deteriorated too much.
I really want to salvage the original hardware, and that may be tricky. Note that all the nuts are square.
I will use the existing handles as a pattern for making new. I know that farm machinery in that era was made, almost exclusively, with with white oak and that is what I will use.
Does anyone have any experience with a project like this and/or does anyone have any advice. I’m particularly interested in any advice on how to salvage the hardware.
As an FYI, I hope to rig up a way to pull this plow with my tractor in the spring. I want to experience what it was like for my Dad and Grandfather to walk behind and manage a plow like this. Of course, I will not do that until the spring and I will need someone to drive the tractor for me.
Thanks in advance.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.