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Postby Bilco » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:30 am

I decided that Wood Bros needed a little wagon to carry tools around in, and thought I would make something like the Heywood Tops. Having made the frame I started to think how the box top would be attached, and came up with the idea of having rectangular 'pockets' on the sides for it to slot into. That inevitably led to the thought that I could also use the 'pockets' to put stakes into, so that the wagon could be used for other loads if required - hence the Convertible Wagon ...


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The frame and floor - I used the thick 'floor' as the base on which to build up the frame, so that it is flat and square. The 'floor' is a plastic divider from one of those multi-compartment storage boxes. Axleboxes are my home-grown Hudson pattern.


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The chassis with the box top in position. The box is made from lolly sticks with some grain scribed on.


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The chassis with the stakes inserted - they are just lengths of 2mm x 4mm plastic strip with the bottom reduced in width to fit into the 'pockets'. In use there would be chains or ropes through the holes at the top to hold the load on.

This is the result of a couple of evenings fiddling - just some paint to slosh on and she's done - oh, and couplings ... and some wheels ...
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Postby henrix72se » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:03 am

Nice !!

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Postby Uncle Tel » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:06 pm

What a great idea

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Postby henrix72se » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:38 am

I could see many more of these, it's just that constant boredom of doing same thing twice .. :D

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Postby Adrian » Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:02 am

G'day Bill
Nice little wagons.
Like the idea of different tops ____ variety but with a family resemblance.
May be you could make a mould of the bottom bit and cast it.
Then you just have to build the tops :?:

I could see many more of these, it's just that constant boredom of doing same thing twice ..

Henrik ____ can't agree more ____ do it once ___ prove I can do it ___ move on to something new :D

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Postby Bilco » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:30 pm

Many thanks for the very kind comments chaps - I don't think I'll need any more, Adrian, but the basic chassis could be copied and cast.

Anyway, I've finished the painting and gentle weathering of this wagon now ...

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The basic flat wagon, with the plastic floor painted to look vaguely like wood ...


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... and with the stakes fitted - do they look too tall?? :roll:


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The box top fitted - I've painted the lolly sticks to match the floor - wood painted to look like plastic painted to look like ... er, wood :oops:


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The box top with pre-fabricated load dropped in ....


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... and the box top and load. The load is built up on a false floor, painted to look like the real floor, which is painted to look like ... Anyway, the load is made up from bits from my rusty scrap box - sleepers, junk, tools, tool box - many of the bits are from Pepper7.


So there we have it - four wagons for the price of one :D

Maybe I need to make a load to fit with the stakes?
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Postby Jack Clarke » Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:46 pm

Great wagon Bill.

I think the stakes look just right, but if you wanted you could always make some shorter ones and swap them around for different sized loads.

I particularly like your use of materials and construction methods.
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Postby henrix72se » Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:29 pm

Thumbs up, just great !! Wish I could get that finish.

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Postby Tomo » Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:41 am

I really like the worn look of the wood that you have achieved!


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