Grand Daughter's Wagon

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Project by sbuckle posted 01-22-2013 10:29 AM 4167 views 19 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wagon I made for my Grand Daughter for Christmas 2012. I wanted a wagon that she could use and grow into. I also wanted to build her something that would stand the test of time and she would be able to pass down to her own children.

The base of the wagon is made from Butternut, the body is made of Fir, the rails, the front and back and side panels were made out of Black Cherry and the axles and the under carriage parts were made of Maple. The unique feature of this wagon is that the Fir came from a cabinet my Father-in-law had in his Hardware store 60 years ago. Also, the shovel handle came off my Father-in-law’s 50 year old shovel I removed it and wire brushed it clean and painted it red. I also wanted a project that had three generations of fathers in it. My Son-in-law is going to custom paint my Grand Daughter’s name onto the back panel, The Fir and handle came from her Great Grand Father and built by me, her Grand Father. I used a steering system I found in a Popular Mechanics 1945 edition. It has five coats of polyurethane and my wife made custom pads for the inside. I designed the sides to interlock as I didn’t want my Grand Daughter being able to lift a side up and fall out. You actually have to lift both out at the same time to remove them. We ended up taking one of the side panels off and she was able to climb in and out on her own and used the wagon as her rolling play area.

-- Thanks for looking! Steve B.

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 11:31 AM

Excellent design and build. Looks like the customer is pleased as well!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 12:21 PM

Definitely a heirloom. You did a wonderful job on this wagon. It does look like it will last the test of time.

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 01:59 PM

The wagon almost looks as good as the grand daughter. Nice solid build and should last the family for quite a
while. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 03:24 PM

That’s cute. You did a nice job on it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 05:19 PM

Great looking wagon and what a living doll your Grand daughter is.


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#6 posted 01-22-2013 06:18 PM

Thanks for the kind comments, the size of the wagon changed three times because Bri grew so fast. She is 17 months old in the picture and 36” tall, her Dad is 6’-8” tall.

-- Thanks for looking! Steve B.

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#7 posted 01-22-2013 08:51 PM

nice job

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#8 posted 01-22-2013 09:36 PM

Excellent craftsmanship. She will enjoy it for many years.

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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#9 posted 01-22-2013 11:48 PM

Great job but I might have opted for radial tires! I would love to have a set of these plans. Do you know if they are still available from Popular Mechanics?

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#10 posted 01-23-2013 02:38 AM

Hey Bob, I wanted the “Big Foot” look, sort an “off roader” lol!!

I have been looking for the steering plan on my computer and so far no luck. I found this one online at Google books and it is pretty much the same idea. when I find my plan I can email it to you.

-- Thanks for looking! Steve B.

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#11 posted 01-23-2013 03:10 AM

Here is a picture of a plan for the steering assembly that I used as a design and modified it for use with the larger wheels.

-- Thanks for looking! Steve B.

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#12 posted 01-23-2013 03:32 AM

For sure your Granddaughter will get lots of use out of the wagon, super gift for a special little girl

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

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#13 posted 01-23-2013 03:47 AM

What a lucky Grand daughter to have you for a Grandpa .
That is one cute little wagon geared for Lot’s of fun and action for years to come .

-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 01-23-2013 03:58 AM


-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#15 posted 01-23-2013 06:50 AM

Looks like a real heirloom.

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