This project started with the desire to have a nice prop to include in Easter photos, especially for our young son. We wanted something simple that could be decorated differently in each season and used perennially.
So I started with just a basic crate-like box. We selected some decent pine boards for the whole wagon. Since it is meant to be sat in, I laminated the base together. I then built up the sides, leaving a little bit of space to give it that "wagon" feel.
I also wanted to make a functional handle that could go up and down and pull the wagon along. So I cut out a board for the body of the handle. I turned the actual handles on the lathe and then glued them on. On the bottom, I ran a dowel through a hole I drilled and then fit that between two boards to be glued onto the actual wagon. So the handle moves up and down on that dowel.
I wanted the wagon to not only look good in pictures, but to actually roll as well. Who knows, maybe it will make a fun kids' toy at some point in the future when they're old enough. So with that in mind, I set about making a genuine axle so the wheels would roll.
I got the wheels by cutting them with a jig saw and then putting them on the lathe to make them perfectly round.
Once all that was done, I attached the handle to the body of the wagon. To attach the wheels, I ran a down all the way through and then used another dowel to keep the wheels on.
Overall, it made for a very nice prop for our photos. And we've used it many times since.