Toy push wagon

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Project by richgreer posted 12-30-2010 05:46 PM 1805 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First, a thank you to bigbuddha who posted a similar project a while ago (project 30222). I got this idea from his project.

You will see that I used my own preferences on some design issues. I believe his was to be a gift for a little girl and mine is to be a gift for little boy. I think mine has more of a boyish look.

This is almost all oak. The only exception are washers I made out of lignum vitae that spaces the wheels out 1/8” from the sides of the box. Except for the linum vitae washers and the handle, all the wood came from a single 4/4 board. The handle is turned from a 6/4 piece of oak. As is my preference, there is no hardware in this project. I added some dowels to the joints but I think that is more for show. The glue alone will hold it.

In the forum recently, you have seen me comment on my problems with cutting circles (wheels) on the bandsaw and the challenge I had with dowels that were too big to fit into their hole without some heavy sanding on the dowel. Both of those problems came up on this project.

Nonetheless, it is done and the 18 month old recipient is very happy.

Remember – The best toys are hand made from wood and require no batteries.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 06:29 PM

Great project. What kind of finish did you use on the oak? Did you have to use filler, or is that only when staining? Also, are the wheels just held on with glue?

Again, nifty.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 07:03 PM

Nice job Rich. I bet the little one is enjoying it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 07:12 PM

To answer questions – -

The finish is polyurethane. I used no filler or stain.

There is a 4” long, 1/2 ” diameter oak dowel for each wheel. First I inserted the dowel 1/2” into a square “nut” and glued it in place. Then I ran the dowel through the wheel and the washer and 2.5” into a hole and glued it there. Each wheel spins freely on it’s axle which is fixed in place. The holes in the wheels are just a hair over 1/2” so they turn freely on the axle.

As an FYI, I did the finishing on the box, wheels and “nuts” before I attached the wheels. That allowed me to properly finish the box and wheels (both sides).

Yes, the little one enjoys it a lot. Like every kid, he has a big collection of plastic toys, but this and another wooden toy I made him are the ones he goes to first. Kids like wood (so do I – but I’m just a big old kid).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 09:57 PM

That’s nice Rich the one I made I cheated & bought plastic wheels with rubber tyres I wish I’d turned them now it’s like the whole nine yards
Good job

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 01:00 AM

very nice job.Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#6 posted 12-31-2010 01:45 AM

One of the greatest things to help the little ones learn to walk! Nice job!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#7 posted 12-31-2010 01:48 AM

Now there’s a toy a little boy can really put to use.Great gift Rich!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#8 posted 12-31-2010 05:49 AM

Great concept, and great execution. I like it.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 08-09-2014 01:09 AM


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