My version of a Radio Flyer Wagon

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Project by UncleStumpy posted 07-20-2015 12:10 AM 1312 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another baby in the family turning one year old and time for Uncle Ray to make some new heirlooms.

The last little guy I got a Radio Flyer Wagon for was before I started woodworking. So this time I wanted to make one, of course. The last picture is of the real thing and I wanted the colors to match.

It is about 24” x 18” x 18”. The only metal on this wagon are the screws, which all have buttons glued to cover the holes and a washer on each wheel and the steering mechanism – which Bennett can’t possibly get to and hurt himself.

I turned the wheels on the lathe and am real happy with the way they turned out. After spray painting, the tires actually look like rubber. The end caps that hold the wheels on are store bought and painted red.

The steering mechanism is just a 1” dowel glued into a 1” Forstner bit hole in the bottom of the wagon and then a hole in the axle holder with a wooden “nut” glued to the other end of the dowel.
The next to last picture is of the dry fit before I painted anything. My wife suggested that I leave the whole thing natural but realized what I was going for when everything was painted. And she likes it!

And to top it off, I had to make a license plate, which his parents loved.

Thanks for looking guys. I had a great time making this toy. As much as like like to sell stuff, things like this make it special!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#1 posted 07-20-2015 12:32 AM

How can you not love something this cool. Great work. Congrats on the cool wooden wheels too. I wanted to make my own wheels on my patio cart project but found some old wheels at the last minute. Now I wish I made my own. Well done uncle Ray. Great finishing touch with the license plate.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 12:50 AM

Now that is sweet!! Great job

-- Jerry - Ohio

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 01:15 AM

All wood! The only difference is in the handle? Hope you signed and dated it. nice!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 07-20-2015 06:37 AM

That’s a great looking wagon. Something to be proud of. Nice job!

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#6 posted 07-20-2015 11:02 AM

That is one good looking wagon. Very nice job on it!! thanks for sharing!!
cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 07-20-2015 01:29 PM

Well done Ray. The wagon is one of the best things for a kid to play with for many years. The wheels are awesome!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 07-20-2015 02:22 PM

Nice Job

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#9 posted 07-21-2015 04:53 AM

Not only you made great vagon, you coloured it perfectly.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 07-21-2015 05:11 AM

Thank you for the nice comments guys. From my local LJ’s to the LJ’s in Australia, Croatia and Slovakia and everybody in between, thank you. For future reference, I am self taught and criticism, pointers and advice are ALWAYS welcome.

Doc, no metal in the handle, just the metal washers on the axles and steering mech. I do see a nail in the handle, now that you mention it. That was used with a rubber band to keep the handle from flopping around during finishing.
I actually remembered to take it out before the party!

Thank you again guys!!!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#11 posted 07-21-2015 06:26 PM

You really did a nice job on this wagon.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 07-22-2015 11:46 AM

G’day Uncle,
We don’t have the tradition of wagons for children here in the Great Southern Land, but if we did I’m sure every child would want one of yours sir….beautiful!!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#13 posted 07-27-2015 01:51 PM

very nice!

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#14 posted 08-02-2015 11:41 AM

Mighty fine ride U.Stumps

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

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