My parents gave us their goat wagon after we moved to The Land of Making Do. With all of these porches, we needed to fill the empty spaces.
This is a picture from very early in my blogging days. Obviously, my photography skills needed a little help. (OK, a lot of help, but lets not dwell on that.)
The goat wagon was already showing signs of neglect, but the greenery camouflaged it a bit. The real truth is seen without the leafy fillers.
I took the weathered wagon to my parents’ (PAM and HBD’s) house over a month ago, and HBD helped me, rather I helped him, make some new pieces to replace the rotten wood.
I pretty much was ready to dis-assemble the entire wagon, cut identical wood pieces, and then re-assemble it.
In other words, my idea was to use the old wagon as a pattern for a completely new wagon.
I guess that was a little extreme, so HBD looked her over real good and decided which parts could survive a while longer and which parts had to go.
Definitely, the wheels needed to go.
Without proper tools for making spoked wheels, we used what HBD has in his tool arsenal. You can definitely get more creative in achieving an acceptable end product with some quality man tools.
This is the end result. (Maybe I’ll share more of the “how-to” in a future post.)
This is the box portion after bringing it home for painting.
The upper grid box slides up and off of the lower box portion. Here’s the lower box all painted and fresh after it was lowered onto the refurbished wheel frame.
The new and improved wagon parts were assembled.
The freshly painted seat is protected from further decay also.
Didn’t HBD do a fantastic job? The life of the goat wagon has been extended another 15-20 years. (Thank you, Handy Builder Dad!)
What do you think? Would you like to see how we (OK, he) made the wheels? What about some other tips HBD shared with me during this project? Would you like for me to tell you some of his secrets?
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