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Snow Sled Rebuild - Finished!

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The other day I posted Part One of the Sled Rebuild and left off with the wood pieces of the sled cut and ready:

After that it was time to do some serious work on the steel runners.  The sled was built circa 1936, and my neighbor said it was sitting in his basement for a few decades, so the steel was in fairly rough shape:

And the steering mechanism was a bit rusty as well...

I started with a wire brush, moved onto the wire wheel on my drill, then sandpaper.  Fortunately, it was a beautiful day outside so I saved the house from all the dust...

And right there in the carport I spray painted all the parts.  The runners with Krylon Cherry Red and the steering parts in Krylon Satin Black...

That done, it was time to finish fine-tuning the steering handle...

But, when I went to round over the edges, I forgot to tighten the bit in the router and plowed out a huge ugly chunk of wood...

I was absolutely crestfallen.  I was so proud of the work I had done on that handle, only to ruin it so co…

Snow Sled Rebuild - Part 1

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Back in 2017 my neighbor was tossing his old sled out to the trash.  Having seen other blogs and the decorating people did with old sleds I thought - heck!  I'll take that thing!  My neighbor just chuckled and said, "One man's treasure...".  Again, that was in 2017.  Here's a picture from when I first grabbed the sled...


And here it is just a couple days ago...

Yep - pretty much the same!  But - in 2017 I did do a (very) little work on it...

I took the momentous step of sanding the rust off the runners!  And then it sat.  I'm not sure why, but I quickly lost interest in it.  So much so that a week or two ago it was heading back out to the trash, and for whatever reason I held onto it.  Then a couple days ago I thought maybe I'd dig in a little and give it one last chance.  Before I get started, here's the stamp on the underside.  I'm not sure of the manufacturer, but I think I can make out that it was made in 1936.  Maybe?  If anyone can tell, pl…

Made at 173: Colonial Pipe Box to Kitchen Utensil Box

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This is one of my Legacy Projects, projects I post years later because they took place before House 173 hit the blogosphere.  This project was built somewhere around '99 or 2000, and was one of my first little woodworking projects down in the workshop.  It started because I had bought this book at a second hand bookstore...

It has LOTS of great project ideas, with clear directions for each.  Unfortunately, 173 really doesn't have a country theme going, so many of the projects just aren't practical...then again, who knows - times change!  LOL.  One day when I was looking through the book and itching to make something, I settled on this little beauty...


They called it a wick holder, but many other sources refer to these as pipe boxes...
They were made to safely store the fragile clay pipes of colonial times, and had a small drawer to store the tobacco.  So for me, it's a pipe box.  Semantics aside, the plans for this box were simple and clear...

Although I complicated i…

Made at 173: Garden Hose Post

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If you've followed 173 for any time at all, you know I always enjoy the challenge of making stuff from scrap wood.  From things like this rustic book case for the front porch...


To this scrap wood umbrella stand for the back porch...

,,,and many others, some of which you can see on the Made at 173 page.  Anyway, this is another of those fun little projects - let's get into it!  For years, since the great fence replacement of 2001, which you can also check out in a 2018 post, I've had this leftover fence post lying around...


I kept it around because, well, you never know when you'll need a fence post - am I right?  Well, it sat around all this time, until a few weeks ago I saw this picture on the Dukes and Duchesses blog site:


By the way, I have no affiliation with Dukes and Duchesses, but take a moment to check out their site - it's full of inspirational stuff!  Well, that picture sure was an inspiration for me, so I took that ol' ratty fence post and gave it …