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Friday, June 18, 2010

Canvas Covered Wagon


The roof is well on its way to being done after a long day's work. We have a little more stapling to do tomorrow, and we'll need to add a layer of trim on the front and back bows as well. Here's a description of the process we ended up using:

1. Staple Canvas to length of poplar, stretching tightly.
2. Drape over the wagon to measure where to affix the second length of poplar. Remove.
3. Staple other side of canvas to second length of poplar.
4. Affix one side of the roof to the wagon, wrapping the canvas around the poplar once or twice. We used deck screws with finish washers to screw through the canvas, poplar, metal, and second layer of poplar. We took care to make sure everything was straight, centered, and flush.
5. Repeat on the other side, after pulling as tightly as possible.
6. Stretch the canvas over the front and back bows. We started at the top center on each side and worked our way outwards.

This method did result in straight, taught canvas. It felt a little scary while we were doing it, because it was hard to tell if everything would straighten out in the end. There are probably 5 million ways to do this.

Ok, on a less practical note, WE HAVE A ROOF! It is pretty. The wagon really feels like a shelter now. Tomorrow we'll be holding a going away party with friends, showing off the wagon for the first time to many of them. It's time to spruce this baby up and get her ready for her big debut!


From Whittled Down

From Whittled Down

From Whittled Down

3 comments:

jimmycrackedcorn said...

That top picture is a thing of beauty!

delusionsofminiature said...

What dimension lumber did you use for the bows?

Libby: said...

The bows are made out of oak molding--I don't remember the exact dimension, but it was the thinnest off-the-shelf oak we could find. My best guess is 3/8 x 1 1/4.