Wooden wagon plans

This step by step diy woodworking project is about wooden wagon plans. If you want to learn more about building a wooden wagon, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Check out the rest of the woodworking projects, as there are many plans to choose from and many ideas to use for your home.

Before starting the actual construction project, we recommend you to plan everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Adjust the size and the design of the wood wagon to suit your needs. In addition, we recommend you to invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a nice finish and are highly durable, especially in a humid environment.

If you don’t have a rich expertise in woodworking field, you should ask a friend to give you a hand with the project. There are many things that you could go wrong, so make sure you plan everything and invest in quality materials. Select the lumber with attention, making sure the components are perfectly straight and in a very good condition. Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.

 

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Wooden wagon plans

Building a wood wagon

Building a wood wagon

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 10 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 30″ long FRAME
  • B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 12″ x 30″ long BOTTOM
  • C – 8 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 10 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
  • D – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 31 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 12″ long SIDES
  • E – 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 30″ long, 1 piece of 3/4″ round lumber – 4 3/4″ long HANDLE
  • F – 4 pieces of 3″ caster wheels WHEELS

 

Tools

 

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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Building a wooden wagon

Building the frame of the wagon

Building the frame of the wagon

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the wagon. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to use 1×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the side slats. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components. Fit corner supports to enhance the rigidity of the structure.

 

Attaching the bottom of the wagon

Attaching the bottom of the wagon

 

Next, attach the 3/4″ plywood bottom to the frame, as shown in the diagram. Make sure the corners are square and add glue to the joints to enhance the bond of the components. Insert brad nails to create a proper bond between the components.

 

Building the supports

Building the supports

 

Continue the project by building the eight support for the side rails. Use 2×2 lumber to get the job done in a professional manner. Therefore, make notches in the supports by using a circular saw and remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the recess with fine-grit sandpaper and bevel the bottom edge to enhance the look of the supports.

 

Attaching the supports

Attaching the supports

 

Secure the supports to the exterior of the frame, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2″ screws to lock them into place tightly. Use a spirit level to check if the supports are plumb.

 

Fitting the side slats

Fitting the side slats

 

Next, fit the slats to the supports, as seen in the diagram. Cut the 1×4 slats at the right size and secure them to the supports by using 1 1/4″ screws. Leave 1/2″between the slats.

 

Fitting the end slats

Fitting the end slats

 

Fitting the slats to the ends is the next step of the project. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the vertical supports. Leave no gaps between the components.

 

Attaching the caster wheels

Attaching the caster wheels

 

Attach the caster wheels to the wooden wagon in order to get a professional result. Align everything with great care and secure the wheels to the structure using galvanized screws. Adjust the size of the caster wheels to suit your needs.

 

Building the handle

Building the handle

 

Build the handle out of 1×2 lumber, making sure you adjust its height to your needs. Drill a pilot holes through the handle and insert a piece of 3/4″ round lumber. Lock everything together using glue and brad nails.

 

Installing the handle

Installing the handle

 

Use metal braces to secure the handle into place. Drill a pilot holes through the handle and insert a bolt through the braces. In this manner you can lean the handle easily.

 

Wooden wagon plans

Wooden wagon plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the wood wagon.

 

 

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