Reader Project: Deluxe Wagons

When Ed Boyer built these wagons for his grandkids, he didn’t skimp on time or materials. The wagon boxes are

When Ed Boyer built these wagons for his grandkids, he didn’t skimp on time or materials. The wagon boxes are solid hardwood. The undercarriages, taken from garden carts he bought at a garden center, feature cushy tires and ball-bearing wheels. Best of all, the front wheels pivot in place like wheels on a car. On most wagons, the whole front axle pivots, and as every kid learns the hard way, that means a tippy front end and wipe-outs on high-speed turns. And for the crowning touch, Ed puzzled together the rails and handles from carefully chosen tree branches—a slow, painstaking job. But worth it.

“People have asked me to make wagons for their kids. But considering the time involved, I don’t think anybody could afford one.”  – Ed Boyer

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