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Old 12-13-2016, 09:24 PM
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I made something similar for my nephew's first christmas and now I have a niece.

My nephews wagon was 11 years ago and I can't find any pics. It was made with angle iron and was very heavy.

I used tubing this time and cleaned up my design a lot. Its insanely overkill for a kids wagon, but that's how I tend to build things.

The wheels are from harbor freight and have a 300 lb load rating, they have bearings in them with a 5/8 inch bore and they're surprisingly inexpensive. The tubing is 1 inch, 14 gauge square tube and all of the pivots are 1/2 inch tube and round stock.

The handle is held on with a pin, so they can take it off if they need to fit it in a car or something.

The bed is red oak. I didn't originally intend to make it that elaborate, but I screwed up and didn't buy enough wood so I had to come up with a way to stretch it a little bit. It turned into a long night of spreading glue and shooting pin nails.

I have some more sanding to do, and then I will finish the bed with light walnut colored danish oil.

The frame needs tabs welded on to bolt the bed down, and then it will get a rattle can paint job.

I'll have more pics as I work on it. I'm also trying to get some last minute leather orders done that are coming in.
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Old 12-13-2016, 09:27 PM
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Old 12-13-2016, 09:55 PM
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Wow thats a nice wagon, looks like it could use a steering wheel
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Old 12-13-2016, 10:36 PM
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That ought to last a long time. Your niece can use it till she gets too big, then pass it on to her kids.
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Old 12-14-2016, 12:51 AM
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If she gets into downhill racing you better add brakes & liability insurance.
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Old 12-14-2016, 02:21 AM
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Red? Nice build. Real nice
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Old 12-14-2016, 08:02 AM
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Very Nice build. I remeber when Radio Flyers were made with wood, maple I think.
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Old 12-14-2016, 08:16 AM
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Gee, I wish I'd of had an uncle like you when I was a kid. :-)
Is that "Ackerman" steering? None of that simple "turn the front axle" bit for a real high class wagon.
:-) "A little red wagon painted Blue" comes to mind. :-)
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Old 12-14-2016, 09:34 AM
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At this point it wouldn't be that hard to add a steering wheel Brakes might be tough, unless I make an anchor out of a harbor freight anvil....


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I didn't do any calculations for ackerman steering, but I suppose its close. That design is a product of me spending hours and hours loading hay wagons growing up. I never liked it when the front axle turned and the bed lurched sideways on a sharp corner


I haven't figured out what color for the frame. I have a stash of free implement paint from a store that changed vendors, but I think the black is all gone. It might just end up IH Red.
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Old 12-14-2016, 12:37 PM
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I think they call that ABS - Anchor Brake System
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