Mail Wagon - part 12

by brae  

Continuing work on the mail wagon. Here's a reminder of the mail wagon from the Galloway House and Village in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. Since its interior is the only one I've been able to photograph up close, I'm modeling many of my details after it.

I chose Deep Midnight Blue by Americana for the exterior. I sealed the paint first with a satin spray sealer that must have been old, because it would not dry. I followed that up with a semi-gloss sealer, which ended up looking better overall. I had to wait a few days for it to full cure before I felt comfortable taping or clamping the surface.

The interior of my inspiration has interesting hardware details.

In the beginning, postal carriers were photographed with satchels, but I've always liked the look of the sorters inside some mail wagons I've seen, including my inspiration. There wasn't a lot of room, but I was able to add a few cubbyholes. These wouldn't necessarily be reserved as one per household on the route but a way to sort along the way.

I added a window lock from my stash of interesting hardware (not sure where I even got them or the manufacturer). The lock bar actually slides, though it doesn't matter much for my non-working window. I'm thinking the hook on the top would hold the window open, maybe? I'll definitely add small hinges to complete the look of my non-operating front window.

Next up, a comfortable bench seat. This had to be built with the doors held in place to make sure there was clearance for the doors on either side. I'll make a padded cushion for a softer ride. :D

4 comments

Comment from: Debora L. [Visitor]
Wow, I love the window hardware details. :D
11/30/19 @ 04:07
Comment from: Sheila Lester [Visitor]
Love the wood tones against the blue. And the sorter is genius. Can't wait to see more!
11/30/19 @ 16:19
Comment from: Chris M. [Visitor]
I just love your attention to detail. BTW, it looks your sliding bolt latch is from Steve Goode.
12/02/19 @ 02:50
Comment from: betsy rogers [Visitor]
Hi Brae! I know I've said it before, but I am always so impressed at the tiny interior details you add... like the latch for the (pretend) hinged window!!! And the research involved to make the realism you accomplish is just amazing! I am loving this mail wagon!
12/02/19 @ 13:25


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