How to Build a Children's Toy Wagon Out of Wood How to Build a Children's Toy Wagon Out of Wood

What You'll Need
Two, 2 by 4 by 24 inches boards
Two, 1 by 8 by 30 inches boards
Two, 1 by 8 by 16.5 inches boards
One, 30 by 18 inches plywood
Two, 1 inch dowels, 18 inches long
4 wagon wheels
Rope
Drill
Wood glue
Wood screw
Small brush
Paintbrush
Scissors
Pencil
Sandpaper
Paint (any color)

The toy wagon is a popular play thing among children. Aside from using it as a transport to carry around things, it also doubles as a cart, which children use to give their playmates a ride around the neighborhood. Building a small wagon out of wood is inexpensive and easy.

Step 1 – Attach the Long Sides of the Wagon

Spread wood glue on one of the short sides of the plywood and to the connecting edges of the boards you’ve attached earlier. Attach one of the 1 by 8 by 16.5 inches boards on this side of the plywood. Repeat these steps on the other short side of the plywood to complete the sides of the wagon. Let the glue dry and secure the short sides of the wagon in place with wood screws. 

Step 2 – Attach the Short Sides of the Wagon

Spread wood glue on one of the short sides of the plywood and to the connecting edges of the boards you’ve attached earlier. Attach one of the 1 by 8 by 16.5 inches boards on this side of the plywood. Repeat these steps on the other short side of the plywood to complete the sides of the wagon. Let the glue dry and secure the short sides of the wagon in place with wood screws. 

Step 3 – Build the Holders of the Wheel Axels

Put one of the 2 by 4 by 24 inches boards on a flat surface. Use a drill to poke two holes on the board from where you’re going to attach the wheel axels. Repeat these steps on the other 2 by 4 by 24 inches board. Drill the holes in the same place as the other board. If you’re having a hard time estimating the exact place of the holes, use a pencil to mark the locations.

Step 4 – Attach the Wheels of the Wagon

Turn the wagon upside down. Use wood glue to attach the 2 by 4 by 24 inches boards near the ends of the wagon where the wheels will be placed. Let the glue dry first, before securing the boards with wood screws. Next, insert the dowels into the holes on the board you’ve made earlier. Attach the wheels of the wagon into the dowels.

Step 5 – Make the Handle

Drill a hole on the front of a wagon. Thread a rope into this hole. This rope will serve as the wagon’s handle.

Step 6 – Sand and Paint the Wagon

Buff the wagon using a sandpaper to prepare it for painting. When you’re done, color the wagon with paint.

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