Making a Wooden Wagon

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All Images: Mark Moran

Just before Christmas, Roy Berendsohn at Popular Mechanics published an excellent article called How To Build A Wooden Wagon. As a beginning woodworker, this seemed like a fun project that could be made for under $100 and would make a great gift for my 3-year-old daughter. The wagon is painted to resemble the 1931 Radio Flyer classic, but is heavier and more stable as it is made of solid oak rather than thin steel.

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IMG_2584I started by purchasing a 10′ board of 1″x10″ oak, then used a miter saw and table saw to cut the wood into strips of various sizes. I glued the base together, planed it, then glued on the sides.

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IMG_2593I painted everything with two coats of white primer and two coats of red paint.IMG_2674
IMG_2684The bumper rail is attached with six batons screwed into the main box.IMG_2755
While the top dried, I assembled and stained four trucks, then used 2″ bolts as axles for the wheels I found online for about $25.

IMG_2797IMG_2726I glued and screwed the trucks to the bottom of the steering yoke and wagon box.
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IMG_2814Finally, I made the handle by gluing a long 5/8″ dowel into a short 1″ one.
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IMG_3041The wagon runs smoothly on various surfaces, whether carrying her and her best friend or just her baby brother and some toys. IMG_3026IMG_2925

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