|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 05-08-2015 01:30 AM||1900 views||9 times favorited||31 comments|
I need a bike trailer in our park in Arizona. I don’t have a 4 wheeler or a golf cart so I have to carry a lot of wood, tools, fruit, or laundry or take the car on short jaunts here and there. I started this project to be an all wood trailer with dovetailed joints on the sides. It added up to a lot of weight. So I scrapped that design and bought aluminum angle. As a matter of fact, that is all I bought-I had everything else laying around.
I first made the steel hitch for my bike in Az with a 1/2” pin sticking up that will catch the ring of the trailer tongue. Then I bent the tongue out of 3/4 thin-wall conduit.
I framed the trailer in aluminum and put a steel tube under it with short threaded rods pinned inside the tube and then I made the vertical tube mount for the front.
I cut .160” maple plywood for the sides and back and front and used some left over 3/8” wood siding for the bottom. It had to be 2 pieces because it would not drop in with the angle on top.
I used the duplicator to letter the back panel:
In the last shot above is a wooden hitch I cobbled up for my bike here in Grand Rapids so I could try it out today. It works slick and pulls easy.
The metal is coated with Krylon stainless steel paint and the wood is finished with Spar Urethane.
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!