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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Hinton Alberta

    My Prairie Schooner

    Made from photos not an exact replication and a few improvements yet to be made but pretty close to what I want. The wagon is 40” high and 4’ long with a 4’ tongue. The box was made with 1x and the rest with 2x spf. The wheels are made with 5 fellows and the hub was glued up and mortised by hand to accept the spokes. (Making wheels easy is a great reference and a lot quicker way to make the wheels) some stain and shined up with a couple coats of spar varnish. I can’t enjoy this project long as it is being donated Monday to some awesome students for fundraising. Some house projects to do but hope to finish its brother for spring which will be a little different, glue lam or steam bent hoops is one change. I enjoy the metal work but would rather them made of wood. Thanks for looking; any critiquing ideas let me know. I did not sew the canopy and now have the greatest respect for those who can!

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    Nice work!


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  3. #3
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    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    Really like that!
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  4. #4
    That is spectacular --- When I was very young I traveled from Kentuck to SW Utah in one just like it (larger one).. LOL
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Man! that is great. You spent a heck of a lot of hours on that project. You spent a heck of a lot of talent and skill on that project. I hope it makes a fortune for the charity.

    I have to add a story to this. Myrna's mother was a really neat person. If you said, "Go" she could be ready in 10 minutes to go on a two day car trip. Anyway, the true story is that Myrna's mom came west in a prairie schooner. She flew back in a 707. Just think of the changes that this lady lived through. I can remember when she was 86 Myrna said that Ruby (that's mom) could outwork her. She was from darn good stock. I miss her.


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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That's some awesome work, Eric. You incorporated a lot of really nice details.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    That is fantastic Eric
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Near Gassaway,West Virginia
    Very authentic looking wagon. Now if you can find some scaled down horse or mules.....
    I love it.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Excellent. Hope the donation is a real hit. What does someone do with such a thing? Being a city-boy I guess they could be used as a yard decoration if you had land(?). Drive 'em in a parade(?). Sporting events(?). Now that I think about it, there are all kinds of things to do with one (besides enjoy looking at it, which I do). Very well done and very cool in and of itself.
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    - Arthur C. Clarke

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    maybe some mini mules or ponys could pull it which i know there are some out there these days nice work.. and paul i am envious of your trip.. sounds like a very adventourus time in your life..
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