How to build a homemade go kart with no welding

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How to build a homemade go kart with no welding
Building a powerless go kart is simple and fun. (karting in the rain 4 image by Xavier MARCHANT from Fotolia.com)

Go karts can be fun and quite easy to make. Unlike their iron-frame counterparts, a wooden go-kart can be just as fun and exciting. By building a go-kart from wood, you eliminate the need for welding supplies, heavy metal tools and creating something that may be hard to transport. A wooden go-kart is lightweight, flexible and easy to move around.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • (5) 2 x 4 wood planks
  • 6 16 penny nails
  • Hammer
  • Wrench
  • 4 Wheels
  • Swivel hinge
  • Seat
  • Screws
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • (3) Bolt screws
  • Rope
  • Marker

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set three of the 2 by 4 wood planks on the table or ground and form the letter "I". Center the middle plank between the top and bottom planks. Use the marker to colour a small area where the centre of the middle plank sits between the other two. Take one of the 16 penny nails and from the bottom part, hammer it all the way into the board. For the top board, centre the swivel hinge where the boards connect. Fasten the hinge to the centre board with screws and make you sure they are fully tightened. This will allow for the front end of the go-kart to turn left or right.

  2. 2

    Place the wheels on the far side of each board along the top and bottom of the "I". Using the marker, circle the centre of the wheel on the board so that the wheel is centred. Take a 16 penny nail and push it through the centre of the wheel and hammer it into the board. Repeat this process for the other three wheels.

  3. 3

    Lay the go kart flat on the ground. Measure out about 6 to 8 inches from the front wheels and use the marker to make a circle. Take the eye screw bolts and use the wrench to twist them into the board. Take the length of rope (six feet) and push it through each of the eye holes on each bolt. This will be what you use to control the steering.

  4. 4

    Center the third eye bolt on the top board of the go-kart frame. Use the wrench to push the bolt in the centre. This is where you will connect another rope or pully system to pull the go-kart forward.

  5. 5

    Attach attach a small, balanced seat to the centre board and back board of the go-kart using a wrench and bolt. You are ready for hours of fun.

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