|Project by UncleStumpy||posted 07-20-2015 12:10 AM||1312 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
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"