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Project by Roz posted 12-22-2009 06:46 PM 2303 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a request for a couple of these Coke crate wagons while I finished the Martin Mansion for Christmas. The Martin House is from an old plan I found and kept for years until I had a chance to build it. I used pressure treated 1/2 inch plywood for the construction and it caused many problems curling and moving after cutting. The interior compartment I made of luan to save on weight given a light coat of paint to seal it. Dowels make the columns. I put so much time into it I decided to give it a metal roof to make it last longer. I used aluminum flashing for this and attached it with staples.

I referenced the Martin Society website for specifics on whole size etc and discovered the plan had some flaws, which I had already included in my project. To correct this I added the wooden step up in the porches to make it easy for the birds to get in and out. The pole is like one I have posted before breaking over to allow cleaning from the ground. I have never put such a large house on one. I hope it works out. The Birdhouse will attach to the pole by a mounting plate and brackets. I fashioned the brackets to resemble Martins in flight.

Whew! I’m finished. Thanks for looking.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 07:03 PM

Nice idea on the pole! I built something similar when I was in high school (a LONG time ago) and left out this detail. I think it got cleaned once in 20 years. Nice house design as well!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 07:03 PM

Those wagons are awesome.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 10:45 PM

i love you wagons. did you use actuall coke crates? i also like the way you made you pole for eassy access to the bird house for cleaning. and one last thing, i was beginning to think i was the only one with a shop that had things out of place. Nick

-- Nick,Pa.

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#4 posted 12-22-2009 11:19 PM

Sweet Wagons…Are there available plans for them?

-- ALS IK KAN “to the best of my ability,”

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#5 posted 12-23-2009 04:48 AM

How did you make the pivot for the “steering” on the wagons?

They look great!


-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#6 posted 12-23-2009 06:53 AM

Thanks for viewing guys. Mags, my shop is so “out of place” that out of place is beginning to look like in place.

The wagons are made of coke crates. They can be found in junk shops and antique stores for very little money. These crates are older and are for the old 6 oz. bottles. So the crate is small. The better creates are those from the 70’s which were for 12 oz bottles. They all work no matter the size. My nephew hauls his younger brother around in his wagon.

The Yoke is simple really, the axle is 2×4 bored through the center
coke crate wagon 4

I attached a block to the front of the axle to receive the handle and build a bracket to fit over the block allowing for vertical movement.
Coke Crate Wagon 6

There are no patterns for this. I just remove the dividers that come inside the crates and line them with 1/2 plywood, bottom and sides. I fashioned a bracket to fit the rails to the box and you’re done.

I use lag bolts for axles and 6 inch lawn mower wheels. Set your axles 3/4 inch from the bottom of your 2×4 axle to prevent the wheel from hitting the bottom of the crate.
Coke Crate Wagon 10

Remember to clean and clear coat your Coke Crate to make it look its best and protect the finish.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#7 posted 02-06-2010 06:59 AM

Fun project

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 02-06-2010 07:44 AM

Yeah it was. Now it looks like I’ll have to make about 5 more to fill an order.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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