Annoying Covered Wagon Kit

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Project by swamps42 posted 06-05-2011 11:54 AM 9729 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mom purchased a kit at a garage sale to make a little wooden covered wagon. My mom LOVES covered wagons. Since the kit was sitting around collecting dust for years I offered to build it for her.

Big mistake. This project made me dread my ‘garage time’ and ended up collecting dust in the garage for several months until I managed to suffer through finishing the darn thing.

It was missing pieces, had extra parts, had parts cut to the wrong dimensions, had holes drilled at the wrong angles, and the boards were split and warped beyond repair. It had too many of some nails and no where near enough of the screw eyes. I ended up using nails instead of screw eyes. that made attaching the fabric top a bit harder. All in all, I did the best I could to salvage the kit, but I’m still not happy with it. Hopefully, my mother will be.

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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#1 posted 06-05-2011 12:00 PM

sounds like a Chinese kit.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 06-05-2011 12:02 PM

Looks like you did just fine to me.

Now carve some Clydesdales (or Morgans) to go with it and I will be really impressed. lol

I have a customer that regularly builds ship kits, but he adds hand made pieces and meticulously details it all. Its not my thing, but he does a great job and it keeps him off the streets.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 06-05-2011 01:51 PM

Swamps – you didn’t do too bad.
( Maybe it was a bit advanced for you. It says 12+ on the instructions!!)

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#4 posted 06-05-2011 02:04 PM

Well, at least you got it done. It looks pretty good.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 06-05-2011 04:29 PM

just remember you made it for your mom…..looks great

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#6 posted 06-05-2011 09:19 PM

how large is this project?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 06-06-2011 04:48 AM

i dont think that putting a light bulb inside would have been a good idea.

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#8 posted 06-12-2011 09:21 AM

Looks good to me. I am sure your mom will love it. I made a small scale wagon with my own pattern so I know what you mean pain in the neck. Go to my home page and see my unfinished wagon . The wheels turn and the breaks work.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#9 posted 06-14-2011 12:38 PM

I just saw this and my hat goes off to you! I could have NEVER had the patience to do something like this. Poorly made kits are the pits. Good for you for sticking with it and getting it looking nice! Your mom will love it, I am sure.

I have to say though – I have to agree with redhorse about putting the light bulb in it. Are they kidding? Maybe they figure that if getting the kit together didn’t kill you they would finish you off another way. Why not just build a camp fire in it while you are at it?

Seriously, you did a great job! It really looks cool! If you used Gorilla Glue, you should enter it in the contest!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#10 posted 06-14-2011 05:10 PM

Thanks! Unfortunately, I just used some Titebond that guy pal had in his garage. It’s always nice when someone else buys the glue. I have since purchased a bottle of Gorilla Woodglue. I picked up a bottle when I was getting my saw at Woodcraft. I wasn’t sure quite what I’d do for the contest, but I knew that I wanted to enter.

I’ve been offline and kind of secretive in the past couple days writing patterns, experimenting, gluing, clamping, and lots and lots of sanding. I have something BIG planned for the contest…or rather very, very small. I’ve designed some wonderful jewelry. My stepdad has been very supportive and is investing 400 bucks in the making of more necklaces. He’s of the belief I can sell them like hotcakes on etsy. I’ve been unemployed since I was disabled in 2006, and the idea of some income is pretty darn appealing! I really hope the proper jewelry findings arrive in time. I taught a variety of crafts at Michaels before the accidents, and while I can do what I need with just wire, I’d like to class it up (and make assembly easier) with proper jewelry findings.

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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#11 posted 06-14-2011 05:13 PM

Also, the metal jewelry pieces are for affixing wood to the leather cord of the necklace. I figure since the wood is held together with only gorilla glue, it’s ok. It’s just not feasible to glue the pendant to the leather cord. Necklaces need to slide and a drilled hole can’t be at the correct angle on it’s own. Jump rings are necessary! We’ll see what they think. Maybe I need to enter the photo of just the pendants waiting on the desk for the jewelry findings to arrive?

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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#12 posted 06-20-2011 07:44 AM

I make jewely as well as wood creations with my scroll saw. I made a pattern of a bango braclet one of its kind it is a compond cut job with the scroll saw and band saw. I wish you the best in your projects you make and want to sell. I made craft signs that I hammer into the ground from the main street down town and about 6 more that I hammer into the ground to lead people to my house. I have my own little craft market on the days I want with out paying a high fee down town at the craft markets to sell my stuff. I also face book my pictures of my finished projects to all my wife’s face book friends and get sales that way to. so maybe this will give you ideas on how you can market your stuff you make.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#13 posted 03-28-2022 12:53 AM

They can be frustrating. My Dad started with one kit like that and ended up making all of these wagons from scratch and without plans. He mostly only had pictures and his memory to work from. The picture was taken just before they were all sold at auction.

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