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Project by quasarwutwut posted 09-28-2016 11:18 PM 677 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.





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Mean_Dean

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#1 posted 09-28-2016 11:48 PM

Very nice project there, Jordan—and not a bad gravity cart, either!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" James Lawrence, CAPT, USN

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quasarwutwut

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#2 posted 09-28-2016 11:55 PM



Very nice project there, Jordan—and not a bad gravity cart, either!

- Mean_Dean


Thanks Dean! She’s hell on wheels.. and so is the gravity cart. :)

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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Jennings_Homestead

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#3 posted 09-29-2016 12:37 PM

Looks great! I remember the down-hill racing of my grade school days prior to being introduced to the excitement of a gas powered go-kart – Some of the best time spent on pavement! Nice work!

-- Martin, Twitter @IowaHomestead or Instragram @JenningsHomestead

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TysonK

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#4 posted 09-29-2016 04:55 PM

Ha! that looks fun, good memories for your kids

-- -- Tyson

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majuvla

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#5 posted 09-29-2016 05:36 PM

Nice ’’vagon’’ – she looks happy too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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robscastle

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#6 posted 09-30-2016 04:56 AM

Oh yeah !

Thats what real woodworking is all about!

As Martin said, I also remember making one as a school kid.

Mine didnt have pump up wheels, just the the old solid Pram wheels which I had to carry spares because I was pretty good at drifting and ripping the ring off. Wow about 50 years ago now seems like yesterday!

I built one with my friend in July 2013 for a Billy Cart derby.

Their boy outgrew it in one season so they sold it on ebay!

-- Regards Robert

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quasarwutwut

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#7 posted 09-30-2016 04:18 PM



Oh yeah !

Thats what real woodworking is all about!

As Martin said, I also remember making one as a school kid.

Mine didnt have pump up wheels, just the the old solid Pram wheels which I had to carry spares because I was pretty good at drifting and ripping the ring off. Wow about 50 years ago now seems like yesterday!

I built one with my friend in July 2013 for a Billy Cart derby.

Their boy outgrew it in one season so they sold it on ebay!

- robscastle

WHOA. That is a serious billy cart! I want to be you when I grow up!

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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crowie

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#8 posted 10-01-2016 12:58 AM

If you add large bearings as rear wheels lubricated with kerosene and solid rubber on the the front you can slalom read fast down hills…only issue is stopping….nice billy cart, brings back many fun memories and injuries….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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NormG

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#9 posted 10-01-2016 05:45 PM

These are so fun to make and also to ride

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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robscastle

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#10 posted 10-03-2016 05:07 AM

Dont be too concerned about the workshop I use the driveway and have to do the same as you each day, and the garage is a single car version with a shared laundry so I have the added task of keeping it spotless for the wife when I am finished !

-- Regards Robert

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quasarwutwut

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#11 posted 10-03-2016 03:16 PM



Dont be too concerned about the workshop I use the driveway and have to do the same as you each day, and the garage is a single car version with a shared laundry so I have the added task of keeping it spotless for the wife when I am finished !

- robscastle


oh man. Laundry in the shop? I salute you and will try to remember that next time I start complaining about my space.

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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