1800's Horse Drawn Fuel Wagon

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Project by hunter71 posted 02-19-2014 11:44 AM 4966 views 6 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of you know I ”build to the beat of a different toy builder”, and this one is truly another one of a kind. My long time interest in Petrolina lead me to the building of the 1800’s horse drawn oil wagon.
Research for the build was 100% internet and the knowledge from building other wagons of that era. Like all my other wagons the steering and braking systems are unique to the piece. A bit of explanation here…... this is built as a very H/D rig. The wheels are heavier and have 16 spokes, axle hubs are larger. This may not seem like much of a difference to my normal 12 spoke wheels but it is very tough to build. The room for error is [0]. I had to build a whole new set of jigs for these wheels, front and back. This process is quite time consuming with my limited tooling. Several hubs were discarded before the final ones were accepted. Pictures 3 & 4 Picture 5 are all the homemade jigs I use to make my wagon wheels. Pic #6 has the wheel rim drilled and being parted off the blank.
The Woods I used brought out the real beauty, that a picture just can’t do justice. The cab alone, although it looks simple has 5 different exotic woods, as well as the painted white pine seats. The hose box has has 2 of the same hard woods as the cab has plus another beautiful wood with red streaks that makes my nose run like crazy when I sand it. The tank is a solid cherry block, straps are turned out of it and stained black. Brass nails were cut to 1/4” and drilled into the simulated straps. The fill openings on the top are yet another exotic, purple heart,
Let me say here that I do not know the names of all the exotic woods. I buy pieces from a hardwood flooring supplier from time to time that they have left over. They are, what they are, but they are all pretty.
Now for the newest addition to my builds. The LETTERING. This is a first for my builds and I am very pleased with the outcome. A friend, Charlotte Gentry, did the beautiful art work and I hope will share the success of my work in the future. There never was or will be a Mentone Oil Company, except in the Mentone Toy Makers shop.
I don’t think I will build the hook up for the horses as I never display them with the other wagons and they take up a lot of room on the shelves.
Comments welcome.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 02-19-2014 12:22 PM

Hunter i have been watching the toys you put up on this site for years , and i can truthfully say that this is your best yet

Keep up the great work


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#2 posted 02-19-2014 12:51 PM

Absolutely outstanding and super cool build. Thanks for sharing not only your great project, but the history and details of the construction process.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 02-19-2014 01:25 PM

Your builds are all so intricately detailed. Very awesome, as always.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 02:30 PM

I like it Hunter. Again a nice build!


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#5 posted 02-19-2014 03:36 PM

Way to go Hunter nice job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 04:10 PM

You’ve done a wonderful job on this and it will be a great conversation piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 04:11 PM

That is fantastic! If you don’t mind, I think I will borrow your ideas for jigs for the wheel making. I have been looking for a why to drill the spoke holes on my lathe, using the indexer, but you way looks like with some care in building would be easier to fabricate than a jig to hold a drill on the lathe. That is just an awesome model.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#8 posted 02-19-2014 04:56 PM

I am old enough to have seen a few of the real ones when I was very young in Nort DeColder!

Very fine rendition and work!

I can not come close to your patience! OR ACCURACY—that is why I make “playable” things.

NOT THE museum quality piecesthat you and Chuck make!


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 02-19-2014 05:08 PM

That is incredible! All the detail is mind blowing, what attention to detail. Approximaely how long is the finished piece?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#10 posted 02-19-2014 05:44 PM

Outstanding work! The detail is amazing! Nice work as usual Doug!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 02-19-2014 05:46 PM

Beautiful build Hunter. Being raised in the Oil fields of West Texas, as soon as I saw the name of Mentone, I thought of Mentone, Texas. Again, a beautiful job on the transport wagon.

-- Experience: What you have left after you've lost everything else.

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#12 posted 02-19-2014 08:49 PM

Superb Doug…
Such a beautiful piece of woodwork by a master craftsman, but please, I’d would still love to see more photos of the finished wagon.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#13 posted 02-19-2014 10:43 PM

Hunter l’ve been taking more of an interest in toys lately and your toys are awesome . thanks

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#14 posted 02-19-2014 10:55 PM

this turned out very well, i really love the lengths you go to make the jigs you need for your wheels and such, that is a real part of being a woodworker, and you do it so well…a great piece…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 02-19-2014 11:39 PM

Awesome job on that one!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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