PlainsCraft Build Process

PlainsCraft is a family-owned business and we take personal pride in every one of the wagons we build here on the site. Each wagon is handcrafted with meticulous care, and we monitor every detail that goes into the construction process. We want our clients to feel the same pride that we feel! And we want our wagons to help them build revenue for years, decades, even generations to come.

We start with the foundation. Our beautiful traditional wheels are made by Amish wheelwrights using the highest quality hardwood. The large wooden wheel hubs house heavy-duty steel boxing and roller bearings (Yes, our wagons are fully functional!) Once they’re built and fitted with extra heavy steel tires they are ready to mount.

The body of each wagon is constructed by hand using high quality lumber which we treat with three coats of preservative stain. This first two coats are applied before assembly using an automated conveyorized process to ensure complete coverage and total protection from moisture and UV light. The third coat is applied after assembly. Our wagons are designed to withstand harsh outdoor conditions with minimal maintenance.  

Then it’s time for the canvas covering, a part of the wagon on which we’ll never compromise. What’s a Conestoga wagon without a beautiful, lasting, weatherproof canvas cover? Our covers are made from the very highest quality 12-ouce treated canvas available, preshrunk and protected from rot, moisture and UV damage. With a minimal amount of attention, our canvas covers will provide years of trouble-free service.

 

Beautiful handmade wheels, ready for the dusty trail.

Beautiful handmade wheels, ready for the dusty trail.

Look closely and you’ll see the heavy steel axels, wooden bolsters, and caps, which are built to support two long solid wood timber stringers on which the wagon box will rest.

Look closely and you’ll see the heavy steel axels, wooden bolsters, and caps, which are built to support two long solid wood timber stringers on which the wagon box will rest.


The box is complete!

The box is complete!

After the finishing touches and trim are added, all wood components receive the third coat of preservative stain.

After the finishing touches and trim are added, all wood components receive the third coat of preservative stain.

The entry door is constructed, finished and stained.

The entry door is constructed, finished and stained.

Furnishings are added…

Furnishings are added…

Bows are installed and the canvas is positioned to assure perfect fit in the field.

Bows are installed and the canvas is positioned to assure perfect fit in the field.

Look at this beauty! Time to create experiences that will last a life time.

Look at this beauty! Time to create experiences that will last a life time.