[Kartbuilding] Hi - Kart building

Stephen Burke sburke at burkesys.com
Mon Dec 4 20:44:24 GMT 2006

Hi Phil,

There are basic plans on making a wooden go-kart on the 
www.kartbuilding.net website. There is a space at the rear of this kart 
for an engine however - which isn't much good to you.

But you can easily adapt the wooden kart plans to suit your purpose. I 
will describe how:
(Using the diagrams on -> http://www.kartbuilding.net/woodenkart/plan.htm 

Build the chassis without the engine. There are two methods of pedal power 
you can use:
#1 put a sprocket on the rear axle. Also mount the pedal & large sprocket 
off a bycycle and connect up the pedal (on a temporary axle at the front 
end of the kart) to the rear axle via a chain.
Of course steering will have to be using a rope connected to the front 

#2 drive the kart using a connecting rods driven via a cam & follower 
drive method. This is a better however unconventional solution. I have 
attached a *very crude* diagram to this email. It is also located at this 
Here are the steps:
i: mount a stub axle (as in red).
ii: get 2 pedals/levers etc. (in green) to pivot on this red stub axle.
iii: get two connecting rods (in blue) which will connect up to the rear 
iv: get a ratchet center mount off the rear back wheel on a bycycle. Onto 
this ratchet/free wheel device, mount a circular disc with 2 holes (as in 
yellow on diagram). Connect up the blue connecting rods to these yellow 
The green pedals will move forwards and backwards rather than go in a 
round complete circle as with a chain drive and sprockets.

I hope you get a vague idea of what I am on about. I seen plans for such a 
wooden kart in a "Woodworkers Magazine" years and years ago - and I dont 
have a copy of it Im afraid.

Best of Luck, and I hope I have helped you a little bit.

On Mon, 4 Dec 2006, PCostanzo at netlan.com wrote:

> Hi,
> I was just wondering - I would like to build a wooden pedal go Kart with
> my son.  Do you have or know of any plans for this?
> Thanks very much
> Phil C

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