Mail Wagon - part 11

by brae  

Continuing work on the mail wagon. Here is the mock-up from last time.

I originally intended to build a working window for the front, but after considering that the small space would make it difficult to actually operate the window, I opted for faking the window instead. I cut a front following the cardboard template from the mock-up and then built the trim to fit. I will enclose acrylic sheet inside the window frame during final assembly. No sense in risking marring the acrylic as I continue to work. Even though the window doesn't operate, I did add the holes for the horse reins.

The back wall has a slightly smaller window and is also non-opening.

After building the front, back and doors, I figured it was easier to prime and paint what I could before assembly. I started with the interior since I could start putting things together as I painted if I wanted to do so. The first coat on the interior was Camel by Folk Art mixed with Staining Medium by Americana. After a light sanding, I added a second coat using Honeycomb by Folk Art mixed with Staining Medium by Americana.  I followed that with a light coat of Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish. These layers give the look of varnished wood.

It reminded me a lot of the Model T wood portions as shown below, which would fit the era well.

I cut a solid floor and then scored lines to mimic individual boards. Much less fiddly than trying to use actual planks. This is painted to match the remaining interior.


Comment from: Sheila Lester [Visitor]
Brilliant fake window. And your floor is wonderful. I would never have guessed it wasn't separate planks.
11/21/19 @ 12:21
Comment from: ann [Visitor]  
Giving wood a fine looking stained or varnished finish is still a mystery to me. Your finished wood always looks so clean and fresh and perfect. It will be very exciting to see the little wagon put together.
11/21/19 @ 14:36
Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
I love it! Can’t wait to see the final results.
11/21/19 @ 15:28
Comment from: Anna [Visitor]
You would never know the window is 'fake' it looks great. So interesting the way you use the paints and staining medium and the finish is just beautiful. Thanks for that little hint. Anna x
11/23/19 @ 02:17
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>

Lots of trial and error in figuring out a good finish for wood, but I now have my go-to supplies and techniques. :yes:
01/31/20 @ 14:09

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