How they made wagon wheels for Borax mule trains

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How they made wagon wheels for Borax mule trains

Postby wvjohn » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:50 pm

awesome craftsmanship


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Re: How they made wagon wheels for Borax mule trains

Postby Pugsley » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:55 pm

Not many people still know how to do stuff like that. Its similar to changing the tires on a steam locomotive.

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Re: How they made wagon wheels for Borax mule trains

Postby FlyingPenguin » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:25 pm

Very cool. I love to download stuff like that and throw it into my documentaries folder.
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Re: How they made wagon wheels for Borax mule trains

Postby normalicy » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:15 am

I love this stuff.

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Re: How they made wagon wheels for Borax mule trains

Postby reno » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:31 pm

very interesting I like to been a part of building them . old time wood working at it's finest . they did use a mixture of old and new Machining tools.
as a older Teen for one fall season I was hired at a Apple cider mill as the press operator. the press was a combo of new and old.
they made it look like is was still being run by a water wheel . but they updated it to a electric motor . the press still used a old chain that was made out of cast iron links . to run the press operation the general public seen. it also used leather belts to turn the gear in the attic that turned the spindle that turned the shaft . that the old gear the old cast iron chain turned on. every now and then one of the chains links would break .the owner found a local guy who would make replacements up for him. these the best I can describe them were about 2 inch long by 1 1/2 inch wide about 1/3 inch thick with a hook on one side . and when one broke you flip and slide the broken link off to the side of the connecting link and slide a new one on the same way. take like 3-4 mins to replace one. all we were doing was smashing - cut up apples in burlap sacks and using like wood stockade fence between the sacks up to 5 or 6 high. after you pressed the apples. we wheelbarrow the press apples in the burlap one layer to a wheelbarrow to a dumpster out behind the building and dump the crushed apples and bring the burlap sheets back for the next round . we tell people the smashed apple would be shipped to motts for applesauce. not sure how many fell for it but im sure some did. was a fun job as a teenager and lots of girls worked the counter and bottling area .always had a date for a good time :cool

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Re: How they made wagon wheels for Borax mule trains

Postby normalicy » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:33 pm

Neat story.


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