Its canvas-like top “corrals” a bunch of toys out of sight while its large diameter wooden wheels make it easy to move from room-to-room.
15: Apply the stain of your choice plus a protective cover coat to all wagon parts and allow to dry thoroughly before assembly.
16: Assemble the front end as shown in the exploded drawing. Use a large diameter Fender Washer with a 1/2" through-hole between the Front Wheel Pivot (I) and Front Wheel Support to minimize friction and make the Wagon easy to steer. We recommend the use of a Nylock locking nut for the pivot bolt
17: Attach the completed front end and rear wheel assemblies to the box bottom with wood screws as shown in the exploded drawing.
18: Mount the Axles and Wheels to the Wheel Assemblies. Again, we recommend the use of Nylock Axle nuts...or castle nuts with cotter pins to prevent the nuts from loosening during play.
19: Make the Canopy out of canvas or an old bed sheet soaked in brewed coffee for a half an hour or so. Sew slip-through Lattice Slat pockets on each end...remove the Lattice Slats and install the Canopy.
FOUR PROJECT TIPS:
Dip all wood screws in paste wax or soap prior to assembly. This will allow the screws to go in much easier without danger of screw breakage.
Use Phillips head screws instead of straight slot screws. They'll drive easier with a power screwdriver and won't strip out as easily.
Prior to staining, apply a thinned coating of polyurethane or varnish to all end grains and allow to dry thoroughly prior to applying the stain of your choice. This will help the stained end grain color to match your face grain color more closely.
Before driving tight-fitting dowels into position, place them in a 400-degree oven for about 7 to 10 minutes. This will remove any moisture from the dowels and cause them to shrink slightly. Once you've removed them from the oven, glue them into position fairly quickly or they will swell back up.