|Project by quasarwutwut||posted 09-28-2016 11:18 PM||586 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
I found this design in a “Handy Dads” book of some sort. I wound up modifying it to make the axles stronger and added a tire bumper to the front (after this photo was taken), but overall it’s a cool design that has a step on the back so one kid can stand and kick while another steers. I kept incorrectly calling it a “go kart”; apparently “gravity cart” is the preferred label.
It’s a big enough footprint that I have to store it under my deck (which is a little exposed) so instead of making it out of treated lumber (cedar might have been too soft for the abuse I knew it would take) I chose ipe. I knew ipe was really good for withstanding the elements, and it’s a lovely color – i never put any sort of finish on it and it looks brand new years later (I made this in 2013). The only downside of the ipe (besides being expensive) is that it’s REALLY heavy. It takes some effort to get it going and it takes some effort to stop it once it is.
As a bonus it’s become a favorite with drunk adult neighbors at our annual block party (I should probably stencil “Lawsuit Waiting to Happen” on the side of it).
-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.