Introduction: Build a Wagon Out of K'nex!!!

    It's your child's first day on the paper route! You both get up, hurriedly eat breakfast, and get ready to leave. Everything is going great-until you see the enormous stack of papers you have to deliver. Your spouse has already taken the car to work, and now you have no way of transporting the papers from house to house!
     Wait! Not need to be disappointed! You can still build a nice wagon to carry the papers in!
     "Out of what?" You ask?
     K'nex! Surely your child has some K'nex in their room! In less than a half hour, you can build a medium sized wagon out of K'nex that will allow you to run the paper route with ease! So what are you waiting for? Start building!

NOTE: Throughout this Instructable, the placement of white rods is very important to the sturdiness of the wagon, so please place all white rods EXACTLY as shown in the pictures. Thank you!

Step 1: Parts

You will need:

-4 Tires
-4 Wheels
-36 White connectors
-18 Blue connectors
-30 Yellow connectors
-10 Green connectors
-44 Grey connectors
-27 Orange connectors
-2 Light grey connectors
-1 "Y" connector
-4 Red connectors
-5 Purple loop connectors
-8 Grey rods
-10 Red rods
-1 Blue rod
-58 Blue separators
-76 Grey separators
-104 White rods
-11 Blue caps
-2 Tan rotation locks
-3 Black caps
-196 Green rods

Step 2: Wheels

Take a wheel and insert it into a tire. Repeat to get two complete wheels.

Step 3: Axle: Part One

Insert a grey rod into one wheel.

Step 4: Axle: Part Two

Add a grey separator to the grey rod. Next, add a green connector.

Step 5: Axle: Part Three

Add three grey separators and a blue separator to the grey rod. Next, add a green connector. Repeat until there are five green connectors total on the grey rod. Make sure they are all facing the same direction!

Step 6: Axle: Part Four

Add a grey separator to the top of the grey rod. Next, add the second wheel.

Step 7: Red Rod

Add a red rod to the wheel piece as shown.

Step 8: Wheels and Axles: Repeat

Repeat steps 2-7 to get two wheel pieces total. Notice the separators are going in opposite directions on each axle.

Step 9: Bottom of Wagon: Part One

Take nine white connectors, and connect them using green rods. Repeat to get three pieces total. Next, connect the three pieces using green rods. Finally, fill in all spaces using white rods. Make sure that the white rods are exactly the same as in the picture!

Step 10: Bottom of Wagon: Part Two

Take two grey connectors, and slide them together as shown. Repeat to get nine pieces. Next, connect the pieces using green rods. Repeat the process to get two rows total.

Step 11: Bottom: Completion

Connect the grey rows to the main bottom of the wagon using green rods. Next, fill in all spaces using white rods. Make sure the white rods are exactly the same as in the picture!

Step 12: Connecting the Wheels to the Bottom of the Wagon

Connect the bottom of the wagon to the wheel and axle pieces using green rods. Next, fill in spaces using white rods. Make sure they are exactly the same as in the picture!

Step 13: Sides: Part One

Take five blue connectors and four white connectors. and set them exactly as shown. Next, connect them using green rods.

Step 14: Sides: Part Two

Take nine yellow connectors, and connect them using green rods.

Step 15: Sides: Part Three

Connect the two pieces you have just made using green rods.

Step 16: Sides: Part Four

Take two grey connectors, and slide them together. Repeat to get two pieces. Next, connect them to the rest of the side using green rods.

Step 17: Sides: Repeat

Repeat steps 13-16 to get two sides total.

Step 18: Sides: Attaching

Attach the sides to the rest of the wagon using green rods. The blue connectors on each side should all be facing the same direction. Next, fill in all spaces using white rods. Make sure they are exactly the same as in the picture!

Step 19: Back

Take three yellow connectors and three blue connectors, and set them exactly as shown. Next, connect them using green rods.

Step 20: Back: Attaching

Attach the back to the rest of the wagon using green rods. Next, fill in all spaces using white rods. Make sure they are exactly the same as in the picture!

Step 21: Front: Part One

Take two light grey connectors, two yellow connectors, one white connector, and three blue connectors, and set them exactly as shown. Next, connect them using green rods. Then, add a white rod to the two light grey connectors. Finally, add a second white rod to the top of the white connector as shown.

Step 22: Front: Part Two

Attach a yellow connector to a "Y" connector. Next, add it to the front piece as shown. Finally, add a blue cap and a black cap to the central white rod.

Step 23: Front: Attaching

Attach the front to the rest of the wagon using green rods. Next, fill in all spaces with white rods. Make sure they are exactly the same as in the picture!

Step 24: Corners: Part One

Take four white rods, and add them to each corner of the wagon.

Step 25: Corners: Part Two

Take four red connectors, and attach them to each corner of the wagon using green rods. The white rods should come up through the red connectors.

Step 26: Body of Wagon: Complete

At this point, the body of the wagon is complete. Check to make sure it looks like this.

Step 27: Handle: Part One

Take an orange connector, and attach it to a grey rod. Next, add a grey separator and a blue separator to the rod. Then, add another orange connector. Repeat the pattern until there are eight orange connectors on the grey rod. Then, add two more grey separators, and a final orange connector.

Step 28: Handle: Part Two

Take a second grey rod, and add grey and blue separators in the same sequence as on the original grey rod. Next, attach it to the other end of the orange connectors, making sure all of the separators correspond.

Step 29: Handle: Part Three

Add a yellow connector to the end of the handle piece. Next, insert a white rod through the yellow connector and the first orange connector. Then, add two more yellow connectors to the white rod. They should be upside-down of the original yellow connector.

Step 30: Handle: Part Four

Repeat steps 27-29 to get two handle pieces. Note that the second piece has a different separator/connector sequence, which is shown more closely in the second picture.

Step 31: Handle: Part Five

Connect the two handle pieces together at the yellow connectors. Make sure the yellow connectors are still level with each other! (One handle piece should be upside down from the other).

Step 32: Handle: Part Six

Make a third handle piece as shown. Next, add two purple loop connectors to the ends of the grey rods. Then, attach the piece to the other two handle pieces, making sure the two pieces on the end are at the same level.

Step 33: Handle: Part Seven

Take a red rod and attach it to a purple loop connector. Next, insert it down the end (through the orange connectors) of the handle piece with the other loop connectors.

Step 34: Handle: Part Eight

Take two orange caps, and attach them to the red rod. Repeat five more times down the red rod. Next, add two tan rotation locks to the last segment of the red rod.

Step 35: Handle: Part Nine

Take seven red rods, and attach them to two blue connectors. Next, insert one of the red rods through the purple loop connectors at the end of the main handle piece.

Step 36: Handle: Complete

At this point, the handle is complete. Check to make sure it looks like this.

Step 37: Handle Connector

Take a blue rod, and attach it to a black cap. Next, slide a purple loop connector onto the rod. Then, slide four blue connectors on. After that, slide a second purple loop connector onto the rod. Finally, add a second black cap.

Step 38: Handle Connector: Attaching

Move two blue separators to each side of the blue rod. Next, attach the blue rod to the yellow connector on the front of the wagon (step 22).

Step 39: Attaching the Handle

Attach the handle by connecting the purple loop connectors on the handle connector to the grey rods at the end of the handle.

Step 40: Done!!!

Congratulations!!! Your K'nex wagon is complete!!! Have fun rolling around the neighborhood!

Comments

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dotnetsp2 made it! (author)2014-06-07

I had to use small wheels because I didn't have the large ones used in his pictures, and I didn't have enough grey and blue spacers, but I was able to find alternatives that worked nicely. Great design...fun build!

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nerfrocketeer (author)dotnetsp22014-06-08

Wow, nice! Thanks for building! Glad you could find some substitutes!

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Spyro260 (author)2013-09-04

Wow. That's still a lot

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nerfrocketeer (author)Spyro2602013-09-04

Haha I guess! :P

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Spyro260 (author)2013-09-03

Dude..... How many knex do you have?!

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nerfrocketeer (author)Spyro2602013-09-03

Like 2000 pieces. Trust me other people on this site have waaaaaay more, like in the hundreds of thousands!!!

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JonnyBGood (author)nerfrocketeer2013-09-04

Hundred of thousands sounds about right... =D

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nerfrocketeer (author)JonnyBGood2013-09-04

Ja and I'm sure you're one of them! :P

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sandroknexmaster (author)2013-08-16

Congratulations for being selected as a finalist in the Toy Rods and Connectors Contest!

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Thanks man! Congratz to you too! :)

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Thanks :)

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megustatrains (author)2013-08-10

seems cool :D

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Thanks!

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Shadowman39 (author)2013-08-07

Nice! It looks like a good place to store things. I like the stories you include in your intros. Also, how long does it take to line up all those pieces in step 1? :-P

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Thanks! Lining up the pieces doesn't take half as long as counting all those little annoying green rods... :P

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Haha, for me it's the blue spacers that are the biggest pain.

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Sorunome (author)Shadowman392013-08-09

Don't even talk about it........if you count 'em the pile is like endless O.O

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Shadowman39 (author)Sorunome2013-08-09

Yeah, and they're also hard to pick up.

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Sorunome (author)Shadowman392013-08-09

Also a pain if they fall between a white floor x.x

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Also thank you very much for following me! I'm honored! ;)

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You're welcome :-)

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JonnyBGood (author)2013-08-09

Wagon....=D Very creative!

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nerfrocketeer (author)JonnyBGood2013-08-09

Thanks!

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sandroknexmaster (author)2013-08-08

That's nice!

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Thanks! :)

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DarkOwlProductions (author)2013-08-07

Yeah, I would say cut the steps down, but everyone else has. Also, who am I to talk? I made instructions for my DOT Pistol in two steps. :P

This wagon is pretty cool looking, and I'm sure the instructions are great!

(I also see you have a makeshift Nerf arsenal stored in the wagon. This is excellent. :3)

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(I obviously voted)

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Thanks! :P 

Really I just put some random Nerf stuff in it to show how it looks with things in it. My real Nerf Arsenal is much more extensive... And it keeps growing... Muhahahahahaha!!!


In the future they will all be posted in a Nerf series of Instructables... >8D

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Excellent. It'd be cool to see all of your Nerf guns. :3

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Yeah, i have a lot, and I USED to have a maverick and a raider, but I, err, modded them a bit too much... :/ XD

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FlyingFish10 (author)2013-08-07

Loving your instructables, but you put them in way too many steps.

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Thanks! I try to put the instructions in the simplest terms possible, so beginners know exactly what to do. When I first got my K'nex I often got confused when Ibles said "build this, and then put it here," and only had one blurry picture. I (and I'm sure many others) have missed out on many good builds because the instructions simply weren't clear enough.

A picture is worth a thousand words, but only words can explain the picture.

But thanks! :)

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I wasn't saying the instructable was too long, I was saying that the pictures are distributed into too many steps. Try combining a few was all I meant, because clicking the next button over and over again gets annoying, especially when there's only 3-10 pictures in each step.

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Hmm... I see what you mean... I'll give it a try in the future.

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Yeah, by no means should you shorten the total length. I like that you made it simple enough so that someone who's never looked at knex before can build it easily.

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Ok ;)

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TheAwesomestDude (author)2013-08-07

I like it a lot - but seriously 40 steps? you need to cut it down a little

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Thanks! :)

Maybe so, but I try to emphasize the imortance of certain parts (placement of white rods, separators, blue connectors...) and also make the ible easy for beginners. Please read my response to FlyingFish10 for more on my opinion.

I will, however, try to shorten my Instructables in the future-without sacrificing their simplicity. So I do partially agree with you. :)

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Well, it's not like its gonna kill me if you don't so- ;D just a suggestion

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Yeah I know! Its alright! I understand your point of view.

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HollyMann (author)2013-08-07

Great job - this looks awesome! And I think you're amazing with all the steps..it does help people who really need it broken down. :)

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nerfrocketeer (author)HollyMann2013-08-07

Thank you very very much! I'm so grateful to you for featuring this and following me! It's an honor! :)

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HollyMann (author)nerfrocketeer2013-08-07

Aww thanks! I thought I was already following you but I wasn't! :( So, I'm happy to have seen your post and it turned out great! I like how detailed you are!!!

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nerfrocketeer (author)HollyMann2013-08-07

Thank you very much again!

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Kona-chan (author)2013-08-07

nice job rocky

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nerfrocketeer (author)Kona-chan2013-08-07

XD thanks! :)

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Kona-chan (author)nerfrocketeer2013-08-07

ROCKY IS YOUR NICKNAME, DEAL WITH IT XD

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nerfrocketeer (author)Kona-chan2013-08-07

So are Nerf and Nerfrock' :P

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