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Cleaning out an old barn that is falling down and found these. I pulled them out by hand but used my little 2520 to move them up to the house. Also found a unique crank start push mower. The scales I had top out at 100 pounds and they weren't all the way picked up. So they weigh more than 100 pounds per wheel. I thought some on here might like to see them. a268629.jpg a268628.jpg
 

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What a golden find! I've watched videos of wagon wheels being made, what a craft!
 

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Great find! As said above I really am amazed at the craftsmanship from that era.

I found a pair of horse (carriage?) traces in my barn. What I call a barn the old timers tell me it was once a carriage house. Would love to know the history of it. It is from a lot earlier than my house which as far as I know was built in the late 20’s or early 30’s.

The barn still has the original windows as far as I know - must have been when glass was made by hand as it is real wavy.
 

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Wow, those are in great shape. It is pretty impressive that the tyres haven't fallen off. Usually when the wood dries up, the steel tyres just drop off.

Thanks for sharing,
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Those are nice wheels. There is a lot of work in building those.
About two years ago, I had first hand experience on the amount of work those take when I was asked to build replacement wheels for the local American Legion Cannon.
Luckily I did not have to make the hubs. This was a donation job, so I did not keep track of my hours. Even using power tools, I spent close to a week on them.
I cannot imagine the amount of time that the old timers spend build those types of wheels with only hand tools.
 

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Cleaning out an old barn that is falling down and found these. I pulled them out by hand but used my little 2520 to move them up to the house. Also found a unique crank start push mower. The scales I had top out at 100 pounds and they weren't all the way picked up. So they weigh more than 100 pounds per wheel. I thought some on here might like to see them. View attachment 619298 View attachment 619306
LOL, those remind me of the wheels and tires on some of the new trucks, looks like they are trying to get back to this style, taller and taller wheel with less and less tire (sidewall). Just hope they don't go back to making them out of wood. :laugh:
 

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Those are nice wheels. There is a lot of work in building those.
About two years ago, I had first hand experience on the amount of work those take when I was asked to build replacement wheels for the local American Legion Cannon.
Luckily I did not have to make the hubs. This was a donation job, so I did not keep track of my hours. Even using power tools, I spent close to a week on them.
I cannot imagine the amount of time that the old timers spend build those types of wheels with only hand tools.
Those look nice. I couldn't imagine how hard it would be to make something like that.
 
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