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 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.