When you mill big logs to make log furniture you are going to need a way to move big lumber. Watch and read How-To Weld A Wagon and learn what it takes to build this heavy-duty Lumber Cart which doubles as an outdoor mobile work station.
So just what do you think folks did to move big and heavy loads before skid-steers, forklifts and front-end loaders?
Well that’s easy! They used simple machines like wedges, screws and levers, pulleys and wheels on axles, and inclined planes to move and make all sorts of stuff. And believe it or not, there’s no real rocket science here, it’s just brute force, strength, and logic.
Watch How-To Weld a Wagon – Lumber Cart Build
When you weld a wagon you want to consider the loads you will be using it to haul. It’s always better to fabricate machinery and equipment heavy than lighter. For our new wagon frame we wanted something heavy-duty that would last a lifetime. We decided to use 11 gauge, 4″x 2″ rectangular, cold-rolled, mild steel tubing for the frame, 4″ O.D. tubing for the wheel spacers, 2″ x 1″ tubing for the handle arm, and a 12″ piece of 1″ steel pipe for the actual handle.
For mobility we chose a 6 wheel design where the center wheels are taller than the four corners allowing the entire wagon to pivot on solid axles. This makes moving large and heavy loads much easier, allowing for more maneuverability while offering a great deal of stability.
Watch this full 360 degree video to see how easily this wagon maneuvers. Be sure to “click and drag” your mouse to get a close look at the underside of the wagon.
Weld a Wagon – 360 Preview
Here’s a close look at how-to cap the open ends of your 4″ x 2″ tubing.
As with all projects, when it comes time to weld a wagon it is important to take time to plan your build. Below is the original cut list and sketch-up of Mitchell’s new wagon.
10″ Pneumatic Swivel Caster Wheels were used on the outside four corners of this wagon design with the two center wheels on solid axles. You can purchase these wheels Online at Harbor Freight Tools. Simply click on the image below to learn more.
When you weld a wagon you have the option of permanently affixing the wheels to the frame or bolting them on. For this wagon we chose to use 7/16″ all-thread to make our bolts. Six wheels x four bolts = 24 x 1 1/4″ studs with 24 washers and 24 self locking nuts to get it done.
When it comes to pulling your wagon around the yard you have options as well. Here is a close up look at how we welded the handle to the main wagon frame. Here you can also see one of the details we’ve added to our wagon, detachable lumber racks/work table supports.
We also chose to line the bed of this wagon with expanded steel sheeting. This will allow us to haul smaller items like our chainsaw, fuel tanks and hand tools.
Once you have everything welded together it’s time to paint your wagon. Here’s a close up shot of our high-tech paint booth on the floor of our shop.
Now here’s a close look at our new work wagon, lumber cart, mobile outdoor work station.
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