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A farmer in Connecticut asked me to recreate an old, completely worthless horse drawn snow sleigh. After much thought after looking at the original I said sure.
In the pictures the original is in red and very much destroyed.
The other pictures show the progress of recreating what he once had. The only screws in this project were used to hold down the bench slats to the horizontal slats of the sleds, everything else was mortise and tendon. Even with that I created bungs that were pounded down on top of the wood screws and then flush sawed to the surface. All joining pieces were pre drilled from side to side and then I inserted oak wooden pegs through each joint completely glued in place.
The farmer chose white oak and after it was rough sawn it needed to cure 14 months before I could begin.

Although this was a great deal of work it was extremely rewarding kinda like going back in time. This has taken me over 3 years to get to this point and it is now ready for delivery. I am retired and happy and my work is a donation to his farm. He plans on giving horse drawn snow rides for any takers. It will be fun to watch.

I have many more pictures than 6 that I would have loved to post but here are the major steps.

Enjoy
Bob

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Nice to see you restoring this project. I can just remember back in the 50's my uncle using horses and a sleigh to transport hay, much larger than your sleigh though. Another uncle used one to transport logs to his sawmill that was on our farm. The sawmill and planer was powered by waterpower. He used the lumber to build boats for sale.
 

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I grew up around many farmers that still did things with horse drawn equipment. I just fell in love with this project knowing that the owner didn't have a lot of money but just wanted to do something cool.
I am really looking forward to seeing him taking people for a snow ride on this. Life is something to be treasured.
Bob
 

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That is a great job! Would love to see the other pictures. You do outstanding work !
 

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send me your email address and i'll send you all the pictures.
This was so much fun and yet challenging. I love re-creating history.
My personal email address is [email protected]
Bob
 

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Nice recreation. Is he going to put metal on the runners? Do the originals have it?

Edit: This really caught my attention. Mom tells about her dad coming to rescue them with a team and a sled when they were stuck in town or when the school bus overturned and they were stuck at a farmer's house in Iowa blizzards.
 

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The original pieces have all the hardware on them. Some pieces will need to be recreated because they are too far gone. It is his challenge on removing all the hardware and re mounting it. It won't be easy.
 

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Well done.
I am old enough and rural enough in the past to have actually used one of those growing up n NW North Dakota.
 

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Great project! And a wonderful re-creation of an old and useful item.
You should post a blog on this project and publish all your pictures! That way you could provide a step by step, AND publish all the pictures.
 

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Great idea about the blog. I will start on it next week.
 
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