Heirloom Red Wagon

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Project by thiel posted 05-22-2009 03:34 AM 9023 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this red wagon for my best friends newborn. The base is plainsawn white oak, but the rest of it is quartersawn red oak. Marine finish.

I used Norm’s plans, but instead of an MDO floor, I plated red oak. Also, I modified the steering setup so it’s a bit more slick looking.

All the mechanical fasteners are stainless steel, as are the axles. He may need to replace the wheels every couple generations or so, but I built this so it could be passed down in his family for a LONG time!

There were A LOT of firsts on this project. First mortise. First time I’d used a planer or jointer. First time I built anything this nice! And I gave it away less than 24 hours after finishing it.

Note: the sides were not seated properly when I took the photo, but they are just right in real life!

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#1 posted 05-22-2009 03:38 AM

That loos like it will last a Loooooong Time!!

I know they really appreciate your gift.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-22-2009 04:00 AM


-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#3 posted 05-22-2009 04:45 AM

Looks good from here ;-)) Congrats on all the firsts. Looks likeyio got hte hang of it :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 05-22-2009 07:23 AM

cool wagon

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 05-22-2009 02:17 PM

very cool

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 05-22-2009 04:00 PM

Sweet waggon.

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#7 posted 05-22-2009 04:40 PM

Very cool indeed. That should make your friend very happy. No better gift.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 05-22-2009 06:14 PM

amazing, very nice

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 05-27-2009 01:50 PM

That is a magical piece. I am inspired to make one for my boy. Christmas is not that far away. You mentioned Norm. Can I get some more detail elsewhere??

Just the type of thing I like to make.


-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#10 posted 05-29-2009 02:13 AM

Sure thing…. it’s New Yankee Workshop project 403.

I got the wheels at Lowes, and all the other hardware at Fastenal. The stainless pieces were expensive for sure, but I wanted it to be really special. I made it out of quartersawn and rift sawn red oak, except for the main “tray” of the wagon, which is plainsawn white oak.

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#11 posted 07-13-2009 02:48 AM

Nice work you got me thinking

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#12 posted 10-03-2009 10:17 PM

I started one years ago and I never finished it. This just gave me the motivation to complete it! Nice job!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#13 posted 10-03-2009 10:18 PM

Can we get some more photos, please?

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#14 posted 10-04-2009 12:03 AM

What a great gift.I’m sure that newborn will have many happy years with it.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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