The pull cart wagon is one of the most iconic children’s toys of all time. The red radio flyer wagon is present in just about every toy chest, wish list and garage store room at every home. It has reached a certain level of popularity and legacy that it is already entrenched in the minds and hearts of the young and the young-once all over America.
A wagon is a very versatile toy. Aside from being something that could be tugged about the house, it’s also a great way to transport sets of toys and other objects from one place to another. If you need to do a little bit of moving, this should prove to be quite a good option for those may need to do a bit of lifting or re-arranging inside the house. If you’re going to the park or some outdoor venue to play with your children, you could also load the wagon with the toys, food and drinks. Just take turns in dragging the cart or better yet, do it yourself if it is too heavy for your kid.
Due to much usage and the undeniable wear and tear that takes the toll on the wooden wagon, it’s very likely that you will have to do repairs. The wheels take the brunt of the abuse in these vehicles. They are mostly used outdoors so it’s really likely that they will end up getting blunted, worn and really aged after you’re done with them. One alternative to this is to get another wagon made out of wood.
Wooden wagons are typically larger than the usual carts. They are also considerably heavier, and this is largely due to the density of the material used. The wheels on wooden wagons are usually made out of wood as well. Replacement pieces are almost always readily available at specialty toy stores but you can also make replacements of your own using dowel rods.
Dowel rods are available at just about every hardware store. They’re very easy to use and working with them is a breeze. Just like in autos, get the appropriate sized dowel that would best fit the wagon that you’ll be repairing. Just cut them to size and fit them right into the slots that are allotted for the wheels. You may also consider turning the axle into a steel model. This makes the wheel turn a bit more smoothly. Lubrication would also dramatically improve the movement of the machine.
The wheel itself can be made with the use of five-fourths inches thick deckboard wood cut into arches. The rim-segments can be constructed from wood that's about an inch thick. The length would then depend on the intended radius of the wheels. The rim itself should be made from lumber which is at least one inch thick.
The axle, wheel and rim can be assembled using wood glue or epoxy. You can also use screws, but be sure to use wood filler to even out the holes before finishing the wheel. Once the wheel has been assembled, this should be sandpapered to avoid slivers. You may now apply varnish or paint, to help improve the looks of the wheel and also help protect it against the elements.