Childs wagon Rebuild

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Project by redesigningwood posted 03-31-2016 11:14 PM 1283 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dug my daughters wagon to find the paint coming off in sheets, damn you Harbor Freight. Instead of repainting, wife said I should rebuild it so I could add rails that would actually hold my child in. I didn’t ask questions.

Base is made from leftover 3/4 plywood from another project, one piece 15×30 and then for the perimeter I cut some plywood about 2.5 inches wide and screwed it all together. Rails and support are made from random 2×4s that were in my house when I bought it, rails themselves are 2×4s cut in half and rounded over. Front piece is from my ubiquitous pallet scrap pile that I brad-nailed in. Wagon components are, you guessed it, from harbor freight. All rails and supports are completely removable, just screwed in.

Still need to protect it, anyone have a good finish in mind for outdoor protection? It will spend most of its life behind a shed.

-- Mat

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#1 posted 04-01-2016 04:39 PM

Nice remake.
I made some similar wagons for grandkids. The clear exterior varnish I tried did not stand up to well to the sun and weather. Getting a good finish for outdoor storage is a problem. I think I would put a good paint primer on and then a good quality glossy house paint making sure to cover and seal all the places moisture can get in. I think I would even put an exterior window/door sealant in all the joints before painting (put the primer on first).

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 04-01-2016 05:05 PM

Marine Spar Varnish should work , it is made to be in the water.

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