The Conestoga wagon was used during the 18th and 19th centuries in both the U.S. and Canada. Also referred to as the covered wagon, this early American vehicle was able to transport up to 8 tons of cargo. Today, parts from covered wagons, particularly the wheels, are antique artifacts. As with other antiques, restoring wagon wheels is a hobby for some and a job for others. The restoration of antique wood products consists of a series of steps to make your wagon wheel like new.
Assess the condition of the wheel. This consists of several different steps of its own. Your assessment should begin with determining if the wood is rotted or not. If it displays signs of rotting, you may opt to cure its condition by applying a flexible penetrating resin. If the wood is still in good condition, search your wooden wheel to see if any pieces are missing that require replacement.