Monday, April 2, 2012

Engineering Faux Pas

Can you see the problem? Hint, when I take the cart off the wood pedestal, guess what will happen to the handle? I may have to build a pedestal for the cart to sit up on, perhaps with a secret compartment. Somehow I seem to get myself in the strangest predicaments. There's always a good solution to problems, isn't there?

I thought about this cart all night; I think the best thing to do is cut the handle off at the attachment. How would you recommend doing that? Saw it off with a serrated knife? Any and all advice appreciated. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. I think I'd use a flat blade knife rather than serrated. I'd cut very slowly and carefully and add a little bit of water in my cut. Good luck.

  2. I might place the end in a little saucer of water - should erode the end without placing any risky strain on the rest of it. Quite a unique predicament, indeed!

  3. Hello Linda:
    We really do think that it would be a great pity to remove the handle from the cart. Far better to have a plinth on which it can stand complete. Do think carefully before taking any action!!

  4. Could you reposition the handle? Like it's on a hitch?
    It's a cute wagon.

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  5. All these are good ideas. I think it must be bone dry already, so probably hard to do much construction/destruct-ing at this point. But it's certainly worth a try!

  6. Perhaps the handle could lean upward, against the opening. I've seen real carts with handles resting like that.

  7. Can you cut it off and re-attach with (E6000) bonding adhesive - then do a post firing paint touch up? The handle is very cool . . .

  8. Hi Lori, thanks, I will see what I come up with on this.

    Hi Luke, thanks, the end has a little handle but I could melt the whole thing I guess, the things I don't get myself into, Ha.

    Hi Jane and Lance, thanks, that just what I was thinking a plinth, but I didn't name it correctly, we shall see because then I have to judge the shrinkage rates for the separate piece.

    Hi Mary, thanks, this one is fixed, but I have made another one on another piece that is removable like a hitch.

    Hi Judy, thanks, that's what I was thinking if I could get it off in one piece I could fire it separately. I have another one that I am doing just that with, but this one somehow my props under the handle sagged too much. Ha.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, yes it is bone dry now, have to do something otherwise it will be on the wood pedestal forever, Ha.

    Hi Kittie, thanks, that's a good idea for the next one for sure.


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