This project started with parts of a small kid's wagon. The particle board had long been destroyed from being left outside, but the wheels and undercarriage, made of metal and plastic, were still good.
I figured a deck with round-ish corners would be nice, so
I made an octagonal box to use as
a starting point.
I used a marking gauge to make divots a consistent distance from the outside edge.
Then cutting 20 pieces of dowel 5 cm long and adding a slight chamfer to the ends on the 1" belt sander.
The wagon's undercarriage was originally attached to the deck with carriage bolts. But I had the idea of making some wooden blocks to glue to the underside instead, then attachign the undercarriage by screwing through the blocks and the plastic supports. The screws are short enough not to protrude through the deck.
Keeping oil varnish frehBeing a kid's toy, this wagon is likely to get wet. My usual water based varnish doesn't stand up well to repeated water exposure, so I used some oil based Varathane instead.
I had some left over that I had put in a glass jar, and when I last used some of it for this project a here earlier. It keeps surprisingly well in the glass jar, though the lid becomes impossible to get off, so I punched two holes to pour some out.
For small jobs, it's hardly worth the effort to clean a brush, so often I just use a small rag or shop towel. This time I had the idea of attaching the rag to a stick. It kind of looked like a brush...
I think part of the reason the finish kept so well in the glass jar since last time (without forming any skin on top) was that I purged the air out by blowing some propane into the jar. So I repeated this, then sealed the small holes again with electrical tape, like I did a year ago. The other thing that probably helps the varnish last longer is keeping it in the basement where the temperature doesn't fluctuate much. Temperature changes cause the gas inside to expand and contract, pushing gas out and pulling air (and oxygen) in.
Baby Harriet was quite fascinated with this ride. And a whole lot of neighbours came to chat with us too. Though I think it wasn't all because of the wagon, but a baby is so much more visible in the wagon, so it may have had something to do with it.
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