Covered Wagon

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Project by Scott posted 10-13-2009 12:38 PM 2666 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, this isn’t a project I built but I wanted to share it with everone anyway. Growing up, my family was in to primitive camping. We had a tipi but dad wanted something we could setup easier so this was his answer. It has been buried in the back of the shed for about 15 years and I have decided to rescue it and take it camping with my sons Cub Scout pack. Dad passed away early this year and gettin this thing out was something we had planned on doing together but of course never did. You can see in the first picture that the chassis was in good shape when he brought it home. The fellow in the buckskins and the red shirt is dad.
Thanks for looking!

-- Scott, South Carolina

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#1 posted 10-13-2009 12:49 PM

Wonderful post. Thanks for showing. I’m sure your Dad would be happy to know that you are carrying on with this lifestyle.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 02:41 PM

Wow, this is a great post. My scouts would eat this up. I like using stuff like this to teach history to the troop.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 02:50 PM

That is so cool, glad you posted the photos. Your dad would be proud.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#4 posted 10-13-2009 03:39 PM

Great looking wagon. Its great that you are passing on the tradition with your sons cub scout pack. Thanks for posting the pictures.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 10-13-2009 03:41 PM

I posted this covered wagon not to long ago, it was seen at a car show.
You could use something like this to pull your wagon.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#6 posted 10-13-2009 03:44 PM

Could get there in a hurry too!

-- Scott, South Carolina

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#7 posted 10-13-2009 04:09 PM

I too have a covered wagon, a bain and I intend now to take the kids camping with it thanks to you. I am amazed at the workmanship in this piece of history, not only wood but iron also. I feel the Weber, Bain, Studabaker, and others were the apex of both trades. Hope you reach your dream, I redo another spoke today, have fun.


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#8 posted 10-13-2009 04:33 PM

Phi, not sure what shape your bonnett is in but if you need canvas for it check out a company called Panther Primitives. They can fix you up. Welcome to LJ’s also! I will also post some pics of the inside when I get it cleaned up. Thanks to all for the kind words!

-- Scott, South Carolina

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#9 posted 10-13-2009 05:09 PM

Now that’s a cool motor home! Happy camping.

-- John @

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#10 posted 10-13-2009 05:17 PM

I was up camping in Idaho this year and ran across a wagon train of folks out camping. That looked a lot more fun then the RV folks hiding in their air conditioned caves watching satellite TV.

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#11 posted 10-13-2009 06:00 PM

What a cool project. That is pretty neat. My friends have these and they literally hook up a couple horses and go for a weekend jont. They throw all their tents and food in there and just go through the state parks in PA and NY and have a great time. Lots of conversations with locals and lots of fun tooling around. Very interesting. Nice job.

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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#12 posted 10-13-2009 06:16 PM

Good for you Scott, I just love old stuff like that and God bless your Dad for giving you such cool memories. Rene(rainy)

-- So much wood, So little time

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#13 posted 10-13-2009 08:20 PM

Your Father and Daniel Boone would both be proud.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#14 posted 10-13-2009 08:29 PM

Great post it’s great to carry the tradition on with your kids.


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#15 posted 10-14-2009 02:58 AM

Brings back memories. Carleen and I were on the Wyoming Centennial Wagon Train in 1990. 260 miles from Fort Caspar to Cody. Every step of the way with a team of mules. ‘Bout the right speed.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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