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Hi LJ's, I completed this project for a friend of mine. It is from the Roudebush Company. (www.woodkitsandplans.com) This is my first "kit" project and I had a blast making it. The instructions that come with the wagon are a bit vague but are complete. I didn't care for the use of "T" nuts to hold the the componets together so I made the call to change the hardware to stainless steel with acorn nuts. Two sets of measurements come with the plan, one for the large and small wagon. The cover sheet gives both but the plans are all for the small wagon. This can get confusing so I X'd out the small wagon stuff and penciled in the large dimentions right on the prints. I was impressed with the level of detail provided. If you are familiar with reading prints this will be a breeze to make. I did not care for the axle/wheel design. Basically a solid bar with caps that are friction held. To my eye this looked like a weak point in the plan. I broke out a die and put threads on the end of the round bar, used nylock nuts so I could tighten the wheels without binding. The wheels come bright red and just didn't seem to go with the flow, I painted them black and made spokes to fit in the spaces, this is one of my favorite parts. The "hub" caps hold the nuts that hold the wheels on. I replaced the bolt that held the handle with a quick disconnect pin to ease getting the wagon in and out of a car. I couldn't resist the "ADY" plate and foot rest. Please feel free to contact me for any follow up information you may need if you decide this is in some lucky youngins future.
I hope you enjoy looking as much as I had making it.

Later,
Doug in AZ.

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I really enjoyed this pictures. Good job.
 

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Very cool wagons I especially like the buckboards.
 

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Great job!! I have to build one of these for the grand kids. Thanks for posting.
 

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It's wonderful, will bring plenty of hours of fun for the kids.
Best thoughts,
MaFe
 

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In true L/J form, I think you have dramatically improved the "kit" :) What a great wagon- now giddyup!
 

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Neat wagon well done I'm going to need an adult version in a couple years. :)
 

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Very cool project, real eye grabber. Just love it, tempted to make one myself, but I don't know who I can get to pull me around in it. :)
 

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Great work! This looks like a fun project and even more fun when it's done.
BTKS
 

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Doug, I love the wagon. My daughter is getting married in July and she would like this wagon to haul the ring bearer down the aisle. (Just a little guy) I see you made this able to move the seat front and back, was that in the plans or your own idea? And the wheel caps, I'm not sure what you meant by they hold the nuts for the axle? Great job.
 

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Hello Clay and Nancy, Thank you for your post on my little wagon. The seat was designed to be screwed in place from the bottom but I thought that would be a waste. Seems much more versatile to use it as a stand alone. In order to make it a stand alone and fit in both ends of the wagon, you need to countersink the "T" nuts that hold the side rails on and make sure the bolts don't protrude into the box of the wagon. I have since added 5/16" hitch pins to hold the seat in place. It requires you to drill through the sides and leaves an open hole but they are hardly noticeable. I did this to keep it from slipping when she put her feet on the foot rest and tilting back when in the rear position. Ady likes to sit on the seat while playing too so having it removable makes sense to us. I misspoke about the hubs, what they really do is just hide the lock nuts on the axle. I have since made two more of these wagons and have some hard earned lessons under my belt. If you decide to build one, feel free to contact me, I would be more than happy to share what I have learned and help you through the some of the more challenging aspects. Don't get me wrong this is not a hard build but the plans are vague at best and don't cover any of the extra's I felt were needed for safety and astetics.
Happy New Year
May you and yours have peace and prosperity this coming year.
Doug
 
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