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.
I painted everything with two coats of white primer and two coats of red paint.
The bumper rail is attached with six batons screwed into the main box.
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.
I glued and screwed the trucks to the bottom of the steering yoke and wagon box.
Finally, I made the handle by gluing a long 5/8″ dowel into a short 1″ one.
The wagon runs smoothly on various surfaces, whether carrying her and her best friend or just her baby brother and some toys.