My wife and I acquired an old sled on our last trip to New Mexico that had been sitting outside for probably 30-40 years. Because of the dry conditions, it was in reasonably good shape for the shape it was in! The wood was dry, but intact. The paint on the metal frame was bleached by the sun, but only had a little surface rust.
Because of the dryness of the wood and the condition of the paint, I decided to disassemble the sled and refinish it.
The tools used were as follows:
- electric drill & 1/4" bit
- wire brush
- small punch
- rubber gloves
Supplies purchaced included:
- primer for metal
- tung oil finish
- carriage bolts, nuts, & washers to replace the rivets
- zinc plated wood screws
The first thing I did was photograph the sled (top and bottom), and temporarily label each wooden part. I have found that a good set of digital prints are very valuable when it comes time to reassemble something you've taken apart.
The sled was riveted together with 3/16ths diameter rivets of various lengths. Since my rivet gun only works with 1/8th diameter rivets, I knew I would reassemble using carriage bolts. So, the first thing I did was drill out the end of each rivet and drive it out using a small punch.
As I removed each wooden part, I labeled it with a marker (in an area where it woudn't be noticed) so I would know exactly where it belonged.
The cross-pieces were all riveted in place, and the long boards were nailed to the cross-pieces.