Scooters have come a long way since I was a kid. Nowadays they are shiny chrome with an electric motor.
When I was growing up they were made of wood and you had to provide the foot power. This is the style of scooter I’m going to describe today……a retro scooter for a small child.
Our scooter is made from pine, which is sealed and varnished.
The wood required is……
For the Runner Boards, Handlebar and Handle Bar Upright 11/4″ x 11/2″ PAR
For the Neck 2″ x 3″
For the Platform 3/4″ ply
[j] 2 only 1/4″ eye bolts 2″ long with 5/8″ hole and 2 only 1/4″ eye bolts 3″ long with 5/8″ hole. You will need four eye bolts altogether.
[b1] 4 only 1/4″ carriage/coach bolts 1 3/4″ long with one washer and one nut for each bolt.
[b2] 2 only 1/4″ hexagonal head bolts 1 3/4″ long with one nut for each bolt.
[b3] 6 only 1/4″ carriage/coach bolts 2 3/4″ long with one washer and one nut for each bol
[b4] 2 only 1/2″ carriage/coach bolts 5″ long with one washer and one nut for each bolt.
[b5] 1 only 1/2″ hexagonal head bolt 6″ long with 2 nuts (to lock against each other) and 4 washers. This bolt is for the front axle.
[b6] 1 only 1/2″ hexagonal head bolt 6″ long with 2 nuts (to lock against each other) and 4 washers. This bolt is for the rear axle.
[b7] 1 only 1/2″ carriage/coach bolt 8″ long with 2 nuts (to lock against each other). This bolt goes thru the eyes of the eye bolts and acts as a steering pin.
Assembly Instructions for your Scooter
1. Measure, Cut, Drill and Lay Out
Measure and cut the pieces of wood
Runners 2 No. 11/4″ x 11/2″ x 30″ long
Neck 1 No. 11/2″ x 21/2″ x 10″ long
Steering Upright 1 No 11/4″ x 11/2″ x 32″ long
Handle bar 1 No. 11/4″ x 11/2″ x 12″ long
Measure, mark and drill the holes
There are two sizes of hole….
Holes for the axle bolts and for the bolts that fasten the runners
to the neck are 1/2″, whilst all of the other holes are 1/4″ diameter.
2. Assemble the Handlebar
Bolt the two angle brackets(i) to the top of the steering upright (e)
Then bolt the handlebar in place.
3. Assemble the Front Wheels
The front wheels are assembled using a 1/2″ bolt as the axle. Place a waher on each side of each wheel. Make sure that the axle assembly is loose enough to allow the wheels to turn smoothly. Use two nuts titghtened against each other to act as ‘lock nuts’.
Place 2 No. eye bolts in the steering upright (e)
4. Assemble the platform frame
Bolt the two runners (a) to the neck (c)
Place two eye bolts in the appropriate holes in the neck (c)
5. Add the deck
Fasten the deck (d) to the two runners (a) with 6 carriage bolts
6. Attach the Steering Assembly
Line up the eye of the eye bolts in the neck (c) with the eye of the eyebolts in the steering upright (e).
Thread a 1/2″ carriage bolt through the eyes of the eye bolts to act as a steering pin.
Make sure that the steering assembly can turn freely and then tighten two nuts together at the end of the carriage bolt to form lock nuts.
7. Secure the Neck
Fasten an angle bracket to the neck (c) and the deck (d) with screws.
8. Assemble the Rear Wheel
Assemble the rear wheel in the same way as the front wheels in step 3.
Make sure that there is a washer on each side of the wheel and also that the wheel can rotate freely, before applying lock nuts at the end of the bolt.
9. Add the Brakes
Screw a T-hinge to the rear of the deck (d). This is the brake.
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