An heirloom for the youngest grandson

I used 5 inch wheels  as I wanted the wagon to sit a little higher. http://www.harborfreight.com/5-in-polyurethane-heavy-duty-swivel-caster-69852.html and http://www.harborfreight.com/5-in-polyurethane-heavy-duty-rigid-caster-61757.html    We bought these metal pieces for the straps http://www.lowes.com/pd_44138-37672-11662    Our Lowes didn't have snow blower parts in July. But we were able to find a shear pin  in the draawers where much of their specialty hardware connectors are located.  . I opted to screw everything together and not use nails.  Thanks so much for plans that include a seperate shopping list and cutting list and easy to follow directions.  The wagon was a huge hit with the birthday boy.

Estimated Cost
$69
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
pine
Finish Used
The body of the wagon was finished with homemade chalk paint. The metal pieces were spray painted in black satin.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Comments

Mike Tale

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 17:26

Key Features in a Kids Wagon

Canopy

Believe it or not, wagons come with all kinds of features these days. A feature that I have always enjoyed is a canopy. These can either be hard plastic suspended over the wagon, or a cloth type canopy.

These are often made to be removed quite easily. Although it does not keep your child completely shaded from the sun as you roll around, it does help them a bit, and I have often draped blankets over the top to give them more shade as well.

Seats

There are some wagons that have removable seats. This is handy if you use your wagon for carting other things than children. Sometimes, the wagon will offer extra storage space underneath each seat. Keep in mind that those that offer under seat storage will often give your children less foot room.

Cup Holders

I have also enjoyed using the cup holders that come with many wagons. If you are going to be spending quite a bit of time carting your children around in the wagon, having cup holders for them to have snacks and drinks in will help keep them occupied.

Handle

Look for a handle that swivels easily instead of being fixed in place. This will give you much more steering maneuverability. For added convenience when you need to store your wagon, look for one that offers a fold under handle.

Door

Many wagons also offer a handy door for your child to open to get more easily into and out of the wagon. This is also a great feature because it keeps smaller children from tripping over the sides and falling out.

After having my two year old do a face plant on the pavement after trying to climb out of a standard wagon, we sold it and bought one with a door.

Is Flexibility Important?

Folding Ability

If you will be doing more than just walking around your neighborhood and need to take the wagon with you two different events, consider a wagon that folds down.

This is great for those that don’t have a lot of room in their vehicles. These are often made with steel frames that are collapsible, with different kinds of material to form the sides.

Wheels

If you plan on using your wagon mostly over paved surfaces, those that offer steel and rubber wheels or plastic and rubber wheels will work just fine.

However, if you anticipate pulling your wagon over grass, gravel, or dirt, look for a wagon that offers you air inflated wheels. These are often much bigger in size, and wider, so it makes pulling the wagon easier on off road surfaces.