I bought this wagon seat for my wife about 35 years ago. We used it for awhile on the porch & had to move to the city to take care of my ailing IL's & put in storage for about 25 years.
The PO had a little story benind it. It came from a farm in Indiana, the wagon was rotted too bad so all she could salvage was the seat & a couple of the wheels. At the time it was well over 100 years old so now that's over 125....amazing love this stuff.
It had been painted an ugly Mauve like color so my wife painted it green & the metal black. The only feet it had were the springs & the brackets that hung over the side boards of the wagon. I had to make a pedestal so it would sit right to use.
As expected some of the screws were stubborn so I made a hacksaw cuts in most of them to remove.
Here is the ugly Mauve color. I remember my wife painted this she wasn't sure about the green & decided she wasn't painting the bottom yet.
I want to try & strip all the paint without doing any grinding on it to save what character I can but it's not looking too good right now. I stripped off the green, then the mauve only to find two more colors of a brick like red then a few traces of a first coat of green....interesting. The green in the pic is my wife's last coat the original green is hard to see, mostly in the end grain & traces in the nicks.
Nice pile of heavy duty hardware. I remember cleaning this when we first bought it & painting it flat black. I wanted to knock this off & try to bring some rust out & clear coat but I done such a good job of removing the rust the first time it's not there. I'll paint the hardware a satin black.
Being a carpenter this 14 1/2" poplar board is talking to me. This is the bottom of the seat. You can still see the band saw marks.
I got all the wood cleaned up. I had to use my right angle grinder to sand all the paint off. While doing this I hated to see some of the character disappear but wanting to clear coat the wood I had to get all the paint off. I need to finish sand, round some of the edges, & add some stress marks to bring back some of the character.
I might be able to work some more on this later today. My wife wants to put tongue oil on this as she does most things that I do that are vintage using wood to be left natural. Thanks for looking!