Wooden chuck wagons work for display both in the house and in the yard. School teachers and schoolchildren enjoy sharing miniature wooden chuck wagons when the class is learning about the Old West. Use balsam wood to make miniatures. Any type of lumber will work to make larger chuck wagons. The hoops to hold the material for the covered area is made from different gauges of wire and PVC pipe.
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Make a model chuck wagon out of balsam wood, wire and linen fabric. Display the miniature wooden chuck wagon on a shelf. It looks especially nice displayed with other Old West items such as miniature horses, cowboys, cowboy hats or a sheriff's star. Be creative and either make or purchase the utensils used by the cowboy cook. A few of the utensils include a cast iron pot, pot lid, ladle, coffee mill, dishes and silverware.
Donate a miniature wooden chuck wagon to the local school to use for learning purposes in the classroom. Make several so additional grade levels will be able to enjoy the history lesson.
Build a wooden chuck wagon large enough to use as a planter in a flower or rock garden. Make the hoops on the back out of large gauge wire or round stock such as re-rod. Place the flowers in the wagon using flower pots or line the back with landscape fabric then add the dirt and plants. The landscape fabric will allow the water to pass through the dirt and not drown out the plants. Paint the sides of the chuck wagon to add addition colour to the location.
Build a wooden chuck wagon sturdy enough to be pulled behind a child's toy peddle tractor or tricycle. Use PVC pipe as the hoops for the fabric cover. Make sure to build the undercarriage strong enough to hold another child riding inside the chuck wagon. Children enjoy playing cowboys and Indians. A wooden covered chuck wagon for them to use is an ideal toy.
Build a three dimensional frame using the front of the chuck wagon as the form. This type of frame works well to display tin type pictures that are either old or new. Make sure to add the fabric top and starch the material so it will keep its form.
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