Just fantastic Tim. Most people would never see the likes of this if it wasn't for you.Many thanks!Bob
Great photos of all the work in the shop. I have a question about some of these. All frame work being of mortise and tenon construction, why didn't they go back with tongue and groove for the floor boards and side boards? Was this used when you replaced them?thanks, P.J.Holmes
P.J.On this wagon we felt that the board on the side were original and they were not tongue and groove, there were 3 boards on the sides and the sides were amost 5 ft high. The center board was 26" wide. We would evaluate the wagon when it came in the shop to decide what was original and try to replicate it to the year it was being restored to.
Thank you for the information. Yes you would want to save as much of the orginal as you could, plus you can't find lumber like that anymore. I have studied the early Ringling baggage wagons and some of them look like Norm from PBS fame put them together. Must have been great to study all the different wagon builders over the years. How did you deal with the knots in the new wood and the weather changes? All the orginal wood being clear when they where first built. Do you use a marine grade water base paint,and does it cause problems with the older lead base finishes? thanks again, P.J.Holmes
PJ,The weather changes do cause alot of damage to the wagons but it is part ot the life of the wagons. In the early years they used oiled base paints of the Mauz brand mainly because it was donated, in the later years they used sign painter's paint like One Shot witch held up better to the elements. When the money was there we used clear lumber as you know it wasn't all clear but it was the best we could get. True of all the work that was done there they did the best that could be done with the money that they had.Tim
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