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Old 12-26-2018, 08:22 PM
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Default A wagon for Beau

I made a big wagon for Christmas for each of my older siblings when they became parents, and this year it was my younger sister's turn. Her son was born the day after Christmas last year.

My 2nd wagon was posted in this thread. I tried to make it really fancy with an oak bed and some forged steel pieces.
https://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums...ighlight=Wagon

I went with a similar design for the frame on this one with one exception. This one is a dually

Beau is a bruiser and his dad is into trucks and stuff so I decided it was only fitting to build him a wagon that looks like a truck.

It has dual rear wheels, a receiver hitch with a small spoon hitch insert, and I made the bracing underneath to look like a driveshaft and differential. Most of the frame is 1" 14 gauge tubing, with all the pivots made out of 1/2 inch pipe and 9/16" round bar.

The handle is held on with a pin, and fits in the bed for storage.
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:30 PM
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The bed floor is made with 1/2 inch plywood and the sides are a double layer of 5mm underlayment I had leftover from a basement I remodeled.

There is some framing around the edges and corners on the inside with 1x2 pine. The grill and headlights got a couple coats of minwax stain to help them stand out a little bit and then the whole thing got finished in danish oil.

The frame got painted with flat black hammer finish rustoleum.

I think it's the heaviest wagon I've made, but it rolls easily and I think it looks pretty cool
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:59 PM
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Very cool wagon.one of a kind for sure.


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Old 12-26-2018, 09:54 PM
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Way cool Matt, nice work!

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Old 12-26-2018, 10:38 PM
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Hey, a Humvee with fender flares. Way cool, Matt
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I can see this project getting handed down a couple generations
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Old 12-26-2018, 11:15 PM
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The bed floor is made with 1/2 inch plywood and the sides are a double layer of 5mm underlayment I had leftover from a basement I remodeled.

There is some framing around the edges and corners on the inside with 1x2 pine. The grill and headlights got a couple coats of minwax stain to help them stand out a little bit and then the whole thing got finished in danish oil.

The frame got painted with flat black hammer finish rustoleum.

I think it's the heaviest wagon I've made, but it rolls easily and I think it looks pretty cool
Matt... That is way cool and brings back some very fond memories
of Christmas time when I was a youngster and parents were on hard times for quite some time but I think allot of people had fell on hard times way back in the day early 60's
and I remember grandfather , dad and a couple of uncles would always start to disappear in to the work shop of grandpas after working in the fields or what ever it was they did for work at the time from around thanksgiving on till Christmas and we would wake up to home made toy's like wagons rocking horses, yoyo, tops, and wooden guns and we were excited and really had no idea who made what as they made the for all the young cousins and me an my siblings.... My only regret is that I did not hang on to some of that stuff

I admire your keeping some other traditions alive as sometimes I think the world has forgotten what Christmas is all about and what it means to give from your heart..

your gift for your sisters child is in my opinion remarkable
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Nice wagon! I love the fact that it's a Dualie! Don't think I've ever seen a Dualie wagon before... And I've seen a lot of wagons from back when I was building a wagon for my kids.

Here's an old thread with my wagon build on it if anyone's interested in seeing a 4 wheel steer, Jeep bodied wagon.
https://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums...ad.php?t=10257
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Old 12-27-2018, 10:22 AM
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Thanks everybody. This was a fun project. I figured out a long time ago that I can make better gifts than I can afford to buy, and I like the idea that some of my stuff is going to get passed down through the family. My record was a couple years ago when I gave handmade gifts to 13 of the 15 people I had to shop for at Christmas. I didn't do that well this year, but the stuff I made was pretty elaborate.
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