Refurbishing the Meadowbrook
I bought a nice cart that needed sanding and refinishing. I wanted to get away from the clear coat and stain the red oak a nice shade. I got some quotes from professionals and the cost far exceeded the value of the vehicle. So, I commenced on the project myself. ;)
Here are some of the life lessons I've acquired, plus my question.
1) the first vehicle you refurbish will not end up as your show cart.
2) they call it 'stain' for a reason.
3) Even if you think you'll remember where all the bolts go, you won't.
4) Pigeons are evil, and cottonwood season is not the best time to apply sticky coats of anything. :D
That said, I am now at the wheels. I thought I would have to replace them for size reasons, but we put the Haflinger between the shafts and the cart does not sit too tall with the 46" wheels.
All the spokes are tight. The rubber is tight. The metal band holding on the rubber has rust, but is intact. The wheels are round, with a dish, i.e. slight concave bend of the spokes towards the body of the cart. It rolls evenly. My question - one spoke only has developed some cracking on both sides at the base where it enters the rim, but the spoke remains firm.
Is this a death blow to the wheel? If you replace one, must you replace the other? I presume that my husband's suggestion of 'gorilla glue' is probably not the proper solution! The crack does not seem to be particularly deep; the finish on this cart was really ruined and it looks superficial.
I will attempt to get a pic. Thanks!