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Monday, July 18, 2011

Amish Furniture | Oak Buckboard Bench:

Oak Buckboard Bench   Oak Buckboard Bench   $310.00  Buy Now

Oak Buckboard Bench

Our Solid Oak Buckboard Bench with black metal hardware is replicated from a traditional Buckboard wagon seat. It is Amish handcrafted. The bench measures 42”W 32” T and it comes in finished oak as pictured. This is an interior buckboard bench we also offer a metal parts kit with instructions to build this bench using your own lumber material.

The Buckboard wagon began as a simple four-wheeled open wagon with the seat or seats attached to a flexible board running between the front and rear axles. It is believed the Buckboard wagon was developed in 1841, by Horace and James Buck in their carriage shop in Portland however, some believe the concept may have been developed by the Bucks in South Carolina where they did most of their business.

The Leaf spring concept used on a vehicle dates back to the Romans when they built a two-wheeled vehicle and suspended it on two elastic wooden poles. The French during the 18th century were the first to use steel spring put on a vehicle. It was simply single flat plate installed on carriages.
The leaf spring was invented by Obadiah Elliot of London in 1804. He stacked two steel plates together and riveted the ends and shackled each end to a carriage. It is unclear when the leaf spring actually transitioned to the wagon seat for suspension of the rider. The Buck Board was developed to be an all around work wagon to transport families into town and to pick up supplies, as well has use on the farm and ranch to haul tools, and supplies for such things as planting and fence work.

Unlike the fine carriages built to transport people, the Buck Wagon fulfilled a need for the rugged use in taming the wild frontier into farms and ranches. Like the modern truck bed, farmers and ranchers needed a large enough wagon bed to haul bags of seed, fencing material, lumber, and other homestead supplies. The carriages were limited with just enough space to haul some baggage, or boxes from a trip to the store. Carriage seats were covered with fine upholstery materials, while the Buck Board seat utilized a wooden board with another wooden board back. All were attached with metal hardware and the leaf springs were added to the bottom to soften the rough ride.

Antique Buckboard seats and reproductions have become a popular decorative seat for modern day homes and outdoor covered porches.

Oak Buckboard Bench  Oak Buckboard Bench  $310.00 Buy Now

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