There is a wagon in there somewhere. The first day of re-building a farm wagon. Next step is to convert her to a covered wagon in support of our Federal Civil War Regiment, 2NCMI.
Her first day on the farm.
Nissen Wagon Company, so she is older than 1940's. J.P. Nissen worked for the Confederacy during the Civil War, making supply wagons and gun carts for Lee and Johnson. The Nissen wagon was as well known and as highly thought of as the famous Studebaker wagons.
Evidently was a blue and red wagon at one time.
Red paint left over.
Backed into the breezeway, waiting on wood.
Samwise the cat takes a look.
Mountain Sawyer of Fletcher, NC supplied the wood, all cut to plan specifications. The plans are from Hansen Wheel and Wagon, and are for a chuck wagon configuration.
The wood off-loaded and waiting for the work to begin.
Front sill and cleat construction.
Front and rear sills in place.
Initial floor fitting. NICE hickory wood from Mountain Sawyers.
The first rider.
Let's see. 1.5 divided by 10 * 25 + 23sq = more coffee.
You would think that they would have standardized all of the measurements.
Yeah its ugly, but it worked. Ripping the tongue and groove off of the end pieces.
So where does the gatling gun go?
Geez, you want it right, you have to do it yourself.
Floor ready for final cutting and sanding.
Copy of an original sale ad. Thanks K-Bob!
Floor is cut to its 10'3" length.
Cross rails are installed. Next will be installing the boards of the bottom box.
Didn't realize I had to drill all the box straps. And of course I don't have the right drill bit. Wish I owned stock in Lowes....
All drilled and countersunk. Side boards are cut, all I need is the drill bit to install them. Back to Lowes.
One sideboard up. When you buy handmade hardware, don't expect a hardware store fit. Measure twice, cut once.
Two side boards up.
Iron brace and wooden cleats installed.
Front (and eventually rear) boards slide between the cleats
Bottom box built, side braces installed, off side anyway. I now realize why wagons were parked in overhangs on barns. Backing her uphill into the breezeway was not easy, she has gained a bit of weight.
Ready to start building the second box. 6 inches of rain in 3 days, but she came through fairly well. And yes, I've added another set of antlers to the wall.
Getting the oak side braces measured and ready.
Initial fitting, not quite as difficult as I thought it would be.
One wall of the box pretty much ready. As usual, I ran into a snag, I bought two boxes of 1/4 inch nuts rather than getting one box of 5/16. Off to Lowes tomorrow, then I can start on the other side and ends.
Just a few minor additions, and this phase is done!
clear staining the wood. I lost the battle for painting her federal blue.
Maybe I'll need more than a quart?
Iron hardware can't be had, so black paint on galvanized will have to do.