Friday, November 14, 2014

"W" is for Wagon

Build: diy wagon

It's Friday and time for another Handmade Holiday gift build from Ana White and me!  Today we are sharing the plans for this wagon.  Multiple readers requested wagon plans during last year's Handmade Holiday series and we aim to please!

Inspired by Restoration Hardware's Industrial Wooden Wagon Storage:

You can purchase their version for $259 or you can make your own diy version even better for less than $75.
Which will you choose?

This wagon is perfect for all ages and truly a gift that will grow with a family for a long time.

Same plans, same build, but a different finish completely changes the look.

I used 3" wheels and would have loved the 4" version however they were not in stock this week :(
Be sure to use the swivel non-marking rubber casters, the soft grey rubber wheels prevent marks on your floors versus the hard black rubber which could scratch especially if you have hardwood floors.

Ana designed these plans with storage in mind and just look at all that storage space!

Books, toys, stuffed animals but it could also be great for firewood or blankets.

The handle pull is a simple 1x2 with a 1" dowel through the middle.

And the secret to making the handle work seamlessly is this shear pin, I found it near the snow blower parts.  Basically it's a smooth bolt with a pin slot at the open end.
You definitely want this type of bolt to make the handle swivel freely.

Although this wagon is large and roomy it's 13" width allows plenty of space to pull through doorways without scraping up the trim.

I've done a lot of builds but one thing I've never done is a wagon and I must say this was the most fun.  If you're looking for a gift to build that's not too complicated but still makes a great, functional piece these are the plans you need.

How to build a wagon:

Follow Ana's plans here for lumber cuts and construction.
If you purchase 1 - 1x12x8 you can get 2 wagon bodies from the one board.

Step 1: Complete the carcass build and handle.

Step 2: Finish as desired.  This wagon is painted Benjamin Moore ladybug red and the other wagon above is stained Minwax provincial.

Step 3: I used 1 1/2" wide steel cut to fit then predrilled holes for lath screws.  Glue and attach to side of wagon.  The other wagon has 1 1/2"w cedar lath stained and attached with glue and finish nails.

Step 4: Prior to attaching the handle braces you need to widen the predrilled hole in order to fit the shear pin through.  (Notice the top hole in braces above is larger than the bottom hole.)

Step 5: Now attach braces to wagon body at base.  I used 1 1/2" wood screws here.

Step 6: Predrill hole into 1x2 at center bottom then place handle between braces and slide shear pin through holes and pin in place.

Step 7: Paint a name plaque and secure with glue and finish nails.  I added the black carpet tacks in the corners only for looks.

Ana and I have shared lots of handmade holiday gift ideas if you're looking for other options check all the posts here:

I'm linking up to:

Sand and Sisal
The 36th Avenue

Creative Collection @ Lolly Jane
Nifty Thrity Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


  1. Perfect! I love the red and the casters :)

  2. This is such a great project! Thanks for sharing!

  3. What is the best way to secure the dowel hand grip to the handle bar? Wood glue and then nail from the top?

  4. @TidyCat to secure the dowel yes wood glue then nail from the front and back through the narrow sides of the 1x2.

  5. Is this made with just pine boards? It looks great!