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Blog series by lizardhead updated 01-25-2018 06:41 AM 5 parts 4912 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: The axle hub

01-16-2018 03:54 AM by lizardhead | 0 comments »

I glued up six 2X4’s 16” long to turn the hubs on my JET lathe.

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Part 2: The Axle Hounds

01-18-2018 10:48 PM by lizardhead | 2 comments »

Today I coated the Axle Cap & steering blocK with linseed oil, forged out the Axle Cap bands and several other pieces of hardware. Also milled parts for the Axle Hounds and tongue.

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Part 3: Completed Front Axle

01-20-2018 11:58 PM by lizardhead | 8 comments »

This is the completed front axle. The wheels are also completed.This photo is the real life size one

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Part 4: Rear axle

01-21-2018 09:49 PM by lizardhead | 0 comments »

This is the linkage for the brakes, they will be just a block of wood on a wood beam that rides against the rear wheel. The real wagons brake blocks are 4’ long x 8” square. Theall rod you see here is not the final piece. The pin used to mount the hand lever to thebox mount is a rivet made from a 1/2” length of 1/8” rod.This is the axle cap support, which doubles as the brake lever support.Axle Cap support after paintThis is the Rear Reach. It is a tongue that connects...

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Part 5: The Box

01-25-2018 06:41 AM by lizardhead | 3 comments »

Starting the Box, with the frame rails and deck All sanded up and ready for the sides Putting on the side rails. These rails will support other parts as the project proceeds Adding side planks up the rails Box temporarily on the chassis to align the Brake linkage Platform for the water barrels are mounted on beams that extend under the box to the other side. Then iron rods are mounted for extra support Here I have added iron rods to support the re...

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