Have parts, build wagon! (The unpainted edition)

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Project by jjw5858 posted 12-08-2014 10:20 PM 2298 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello friends, it has surely been awhile. Somehow life just moves forward and sometimes projects have to sit. Here is a sort of part one for this fall/winter season. I am hoping for the painted edition to take life in the spring of 2015 when time and weather provides a little more for doing that.

I think to fully enjoy making sawdust for a hobby you really have to be a big kid. What is the fun in having your own small shop with all of those nice tools you have collected without enjoying them. A few months back browsing the internet I saw an old wooden wagon and thought…hmmmm..that looks cool.

So I began my quest to create a wagon that I could actually use as a work horse. This would not only involve woodworking, but metal working as well!

I basically got the idea to make the axels like a kids go cart. 2×4’s sandwiched together with an axle housing relieved by using a hand gouge. Then I picked up some steel rod and hacksawed to my proper length. Drilled some holes to slip in some cotter pins and added some harbor freight wheels!

I made the front axle swivel and the back is a stationary housing. I made it up as I went and rolled the

Everything here was a all hand cut, with a lot of power drill work for building up the pallet. This thing is as strong as an ox and steers very well.

The wood is all box store pine and soon I will protect it with paint, so for now it does stay inside all the time.

All the parts can be unfastened or wrenched lose, so you can fix a tire, adjust an axle, etc. Just an excuse to use more tools…lol.

I got some aluminum and cut out and formed brackets in my metal vice to hold the fences around the body. I had some old angle iron to help shape pieces to attach my handle assembly.

I had a blast making this, and she pulls a heavy amount of tools, timber, salt for snow, topsoil or whatever else I need, so it is a user.

Thanks for taking a peek and I look forward to a fun painting project in the springtime…and I just might have a new shop space to showoff!!

Thanks friends, keep creating!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 12-08-2014 10:51 PM

GREAT job on this. One thing is for sure, the top and bottom rails on the sides are NOT coming off! This is a really cool build and looks like a tough asset to the shop!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 12-08-2014 11:37 PM

Radio Flyer aint got nothin’ on you!

Good build… nice touch to put the scallop on the rear bumper, and yeah, I also noticed how many screws you used. That thing should haul a tank!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 12-09-2014 12:32 AM

Love it. Quality job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 12-09-2014 01:23 AM

Hey hey.nice wagon!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 12-09-2014 01:36 AM

Nice Wagon, Joe. Gotta be RED when it’s done!

-- Smitty

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#6 posted 12-09-2014 01:47 AM

Fine job. A good practical project.

-- dave,missouri,

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#7 posted 12-09-2014 03:55 AM

Very nice, I could use one in my shop

-- "The Cedar King"

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#8 posted 12-09-2014 07:43 AM

Nice vagon. I totaly agree with enjoying in using woodworking tool instead just having it on a shelf.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 12-09-2014 09:42 AM

Nice wagon. I would like to see a pic of the swivel action of the front wheels.

-- There are some things that money can't buy - Manners, morals and integrity

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#10 posted 12-09-2014 12:47 PM

Nice way to tote lotsa tools n such

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 12-09-2014 01:26 PM

Nicely done. I like your toolbox with the saw holder on the outside too. That’s clever.

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#12 posted 12-09-2014 02:18 PM

Looks great Joe, just keep on rollin.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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