How to Build a Wagon

By Jose Leiva
A wagon is a four-wheeled cart.
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Wagons are four-wheeled carts that are useful for multiple purposes. There are many different kinds of wagons, such as covered wagons that have a tarp that covers it, horse-drawn wagons and hand wagons. Making your own wagon is a fairly simple project that is made easier by the availability of wagon axle kits. A homemade wooden wagon could be a toy or a handy way of carrying things.

Attach one of the 3-by-1 plywood boards to the 3-by-2 plywood board so that the two 3-foot edges meet at a 90 degree angle. Apply wood glue to the 3-foot edges and use a staple gun to attach the pieces together. Repeat this step with the remaining 3-by-1 on the opposite side.

Attach one of the 2-by-1 plywood boards to the 3-by-2 plywood board in the same manner. Repeat with the remaining 2-by-1 on the opposite side. You should now have a wooden box that is 3 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 1 foot high.

Attach a pivoting wagon axle to one end of the wooden box.

Attach the handle from the wagon axle kit onto the pivoting wagon axle using the pieces provided.

Attach the fixed wagon axle to the wooden box on the end opposite the pivoting wagon axle.

Attach the wagon wheels to each end of the wagon axles using the pieces provided.