Go-kart for little race-drivers

 
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Go-kart

What it lacks in speed, it more than makes up for in fun: the go-kart will excite little race-drivers.

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Introduction

Difficulty level

Costs

Time required

It’s “only” a go-kart, but it’s equipped with some technical refinements. Beginners should schedule two days for this project, while experts will manage it in one. The costs are £150 - £200.

The following construction guide is designed for 18 mm, 24 mm and 9 mm thick birch multiplex panels. Have the required panels cut to size at a DIY store or by your carpenter. If you use other materials or material with a different thickness, adapt the parts list accordingly.

Control cables also give the go-kart steering and braking. Of course, the front axle has to be movable for this to work. And the brake rods have to be movable, too.

You will find the detailed material list and the construction drawing under Downloads.

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Required power tools:

Other accessories:

  • 10-mm drill bit
  • 30-mm drill bit
  • Spanner
  • Countersink
  • Small slotted screwdriver
  • Long nose pliers (“telephone pliers”)
  • String and pencil or compass up to 200 mm diameter
  • Sanding paper, grit of 120–240
  • Pencil, metre stick, sharpener, rubber
  • Work surface
  • Sheeting or old newspapers
  • Trestles if available

Required materials:

  • Multiplex panel, birch
  • Perspex
  • Metal rods, wheels, shaft collars
  • Rubber hose
  • Screws, carriage bolts, washers, nuts, ring nuts
  • Wire cable, wire cable clamps, return springs, spacer rings, carabiners

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Item

pcs

Designation

Length

Width

Thickness

Material

0

1

Base plate

1,350 mm

350 mm

18 mm

Birch multiplex

1

2

Frame (longitudinal)

1,350 mm

100 mm

24 mm

Birch multiplex

2

2

Frame (transverse)

302 mm

100 mm

24 mm

Birch multiplex

3

2

Side panels

1,386 mm

396 mm

9 mm

Birch multiplex

4

1

Tail 1

350 mm

150 mm

18 mm

Birch multiplex

5

1

Tail 2

350 mm

257 mm

18 mm

Birch multiplex

6

1

Spoiler

400 mm

125 mm

18 mm

Birch multiplex

7

1

Radiator

350 mm

150 mm

18 mm

Birch multiplex

8

1

Bonnet

630 mm

370 mm

9 mm

Birch multiplex

9

2

Steering unit (sides)

278 mm

200 mm

24 mm

Birch multiplex

10

2

Steering unit (transverse)

302 mm

80 mm

24 mm

Birch multiplex

11

2

Steering unit (connecting pieces)

200 mm

200 mm

9 mm

Birch multiplex

12

2

Seat frame

300 mm

356 mm

24 mm

Birch multiplex

13

1

Seat panel

300 mm

250 mm

18 mm

Birch multiplex

14

1

Backrest

400 mm

300 mm

18 mm

Birch multiplex

15

1

Steering wheel

205 mm

205 mm

18 mm

Birch multiplex

16

1

Steering wheel fixing

65 mm

65 mm

24 mm

Birch multiplex

17

2

Support strips for wheel axles

500 mm

100 mm

18 mm

Birch multiplex

18

4

Spacer strips for wheel axles

500 mm

35 mm

21 mm

Birch multiplex

19

2

Fixing strips for wheel axles

500 mm

95 mm

18 mm

Birch multiplex

20

1

Strip for steering stop

200 mm

35 mm

21 mm

Birch multiplex

21

2

Fixing strips for ring nuts

200 mm

35 mm

21 mm

Birch multiplex

22

2

Support strips for brake rods

150 mm

100 mm

18 mm

Birch multiplex

23

4

Spacer strips for brake rods

150 mm

35 mm

21 mm

Birch multiplex

24

2

Fixing strips for brake rods

150 mm

95 mm

18 mm

Birch multiplex

25

2

Sides of brake pedal

150 mm

150 mm

24 mm

Birch multiplex

26

1

Brake pedal

230 mm

100 mm

24 mm

Birch multiplex

27

2

Bumpers

430 mm

40 mm

24 mm

Birch multiplex

28

2

Metal rods for wheel axles

700 mm

8 mm

29

1

Metal rod for steering axle

380 mm

8 mm

30

4

Wheels

75 mm

31

10

Shaft collars

32

2

Metal rods for brake

320 mm

8 mm

33

2

Rubber for brake

70 mm

34

1

Rubber for steering

100 mm

35

2

Glide layer for steering

250 mm

50 mm

4 mm

Perspex

36

1

10 x 60 mm bolt for steering axle

60 mm

10 mm

10 mm

37

3

Washers for steering axle

40 mm

3 mm

6 mm

38

2

Nuts for steering axle

9 mm

39

10

M6 ring nuts

9 mm

40

6

M6 x 50 mm carriage bolts

50 mm

6 mm

10 mm

41

4

M6 x 40 mm carriage bolts

40 mm

6 mm

10 mm

42

1

Wire cable for steering

3 mm

2,020 mm

43

2

Wire cables for brake

3 mm

610 mm

44

3

M6 turnbuckles

200 mm

6 mm

45

12

Wire cable clamps

6 mm

46

2

Return springs

6 mm

10 mm

47

2

SS 08/90 bolts

90 mm

8 mm

8 mm

48

4

M8 nuts

8 mm

8 mm

8 mm

49

2

Washers

40 mm

8 mm

6 mm

50

2

Spacer rings for return spring

40 mm

8 mm

6 mm

51

3

Carabiners

40 mm

8 mm

6 mm

1

Assembling the base tray from the base plate and frame strips

1 - Assembling the base tray from the base plate and frame strips
Assembling the base tray from the base plate and frame strips

First prepare the base plate. When doing so, observe the dimensions specified in the construction drawing. Use the pencil to mark the cutouts for the control cables and then saw them out with the jigsaw. Before sawing, pre-drill the four corners with the 10-mm drill bit. This will make it easier to manoeuvre the saw blade around the corners.

Now mark the holes where the brake rods and the steering axle will later be fitted. The two holes for the brake rods each need a recess for the screw heads on what will later be the inside of the base plate. First use the 30-mm Forstner drill bit to drill 5 mm deep at the corresponding positions in the plate. Then drill two 8-mm-diameter holes in the same position for the brake rods and a 10-mm hole at the front centre for the steering axle.

Once you have marked the position of the rear axle on the bottom of the base plate, mount the longitudinal and horizontal frames with the base plate to form a tray. To do so, pre-drill the base plate with 4 mm diameter and fix the base tray with 18 wood flat head screws (3.5 x 50 mm).

How to saw curves with ease

You’re building a go-kart and have to saw the steering wheel into shape. Or you want to saw cutouts in a wooden box to make it easier to carry. It is best to use a jigsaw for jobs like these where you have to saw a curve.

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2

Bottom of the tray

2 - Bottom of the tray
Bottom of the tray

Now screw the strip for the steering stop as specified in the construction drawing with 3.5-x-30-mm screws on the bottom of the base plate.

To ensure that the steering axle glides better, you also fit two acrylic glass plates to it as a glide layer. When doing so, make sure that the heads of the flat head screws (3.5 x 35 mm) completely disappear into the plates.

Pre-drill the two fixing strips using the 6-mm drill bit and mount a ring nut with a carriage bolt (6 x 50 mm) on each strip. The control cables for the steering and the brakes will later be fed through the ring nuts. Now mount the fixing strips with wood screws (3.5 x 30 mm) on the bottom of the base plate.

Tip for screwing together two wooden parts

In the piece where you want to insert the screws first, always pre-drill a hole that is 0.5 to 1 mm larger than the screw diameter; the hole should be countersunk deep enough for the screw head to completely disappear into it. In the piece that you are going to drill second, pre-drill a hole that is always 1 mm smaller than the screw diameter. This ensures that the screw thread will still grip well.

How to quickly get the hang of it

Screw joints are a quick and easy alternative to glue joints in furniture construction. However, drilling in wood is more difficult than it looks. Here you will find out what to watch out for when screwdriving and drilling in wood.

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3

Making the wheel axles and brake rods

3 - Making the wheel axles and brake rods
Making the wheel axles and brake rods

The wheel axles and the steering rods each consist of four wooden strips surrounding a metal rod: a support strip, two spacer strips and a fixing strip.

To enable the go-kart to be steered, the front axle is, of course, movable. It will later be controlled using a control cable. The two brake rods are also fitted as movable parts. The rear wheel axle is, on the other hand, rigid.

Drill two 6-mm-diameter holes, each 35 mm in from the edge, into the front axle’s spacer strip. Fit the two ring nuts for the control cable in these holes, each with a carriage bolt (6 x 50 mm).

To enable you to later mount the front axle as a movable part on the base plate, drill a 10-mm-diameter hole for the carriage bolt (10 x 60 mm) in the middle of the support strip. The head of the carriage bolt must disappear into it completely. For this reason, use the 30-mm Forstner drill bit to drill an approx. 5 mm deep countersink.

The front and rear axles are assembled in the same way: line up the metal rod in the middle of the support strip and position the spacer strips on the right and left of it without leaving any space. Then put the fixing strip on top and screw together the strips on both sides from above (don’t forget to pre-drill). To make sure that the metal rod cannot slip, drill a 4.5-mm-diameter hole through the middle of the wood into the metal rod. Then insert a screw (4 x 25 mm) to lock it.

The two brake rods are built according to the same principle as the wheel axles. Since the brake rods are movable like the steering axle, you again fit ring nuts for the control cables here and drill the holes for the subsequent movable attachment to the base plate with the carriage bolt (8 x 90 mm). Don’t forget to fix the two metal rods with a screw, so that they do not slip out of the wooden blocks. To make sure that the brakes work really well, a piece of rubber hose is put on each metal end.

Small detail, big performance

Furniture often looks more appealing when the corners and edges are chamfered, i.e. sanded at a 45-degree angle. This task is perfect for the handy and versatile multi-sander or the specialists for hard-to-reach areas: delta sanders and compact belt sanders.

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4

Mounting the wheel axles and brake rods on the base tray

4 - Mounting the wheel axles and brake rods on the base tray
Mounting the wheel axles and brake rods on the base tray

The rear axle is fitted to the base plate by simply screwing it from the inside of the base tray with 4 screws (5 x 60 mm).

To fit the wheel axle and the brake rods, place the base tray on the worktop with the base facing up.

Now the steering axle is connected to the base plate as a movable part by a carriage bolt. Insert the bolt through the steering axle, put the two washers on and feed the bolt through the pre-drilled hole in the base plate. Put another washer on the inside of the base plate and fix the bolt with two lock nuts.

Similar to the steering axle, the two brake rods are fitted to the bottom as movable parts each with a carriage bolt (8 x 90 mm), complete with a washer and two lock nuts. The heads of the carriage bolts are countersunk in the pre-drilled recesses in the base plate. This will enable you to later place the seat there without any problems.

How to sand smoothly

Sanding wood surfaces is one of the most common applications performed by DIYers. For example, to remove surface blemishes and paint residues or to prepare the wood for further surface treatment.

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5

Sawing the steering wheel into shape

5 - Sawing the steering wheel into shape
Sawing the steering wheel into shape

Mark the outline of the steering wheel on the panel with the compass: first the outer circle with 200 mm diameter, then the inner one with 170 mm. Then mark the triangles for the cutouts.

To make it easier for you to saw these out with the jigsaw, drill 10-mm-diameter holes beforehand at the inner corners. To do so, use G-clamps to fix the panel on a scrap panel that you can drill into. Also pre-drill four holes (4 mm diameter) through which you will later fit the steering wheel to its fixing.

To saw the cutouts, it is best to use a thin curve-cutting saw blade. To then saw the circular outline of the steering wheel, set the radius on the guide rail and fix it as a compass with a pin in the centre.

Finally, chamfer all edges and sand them smooth. Alternatively, you can use a router to cleanly rout out the steering wheel and round off the edges with a 5-mm radius bit.

6

Making the steering unit and fitting the steering wheel

6 - Making the steering unit and fitting the steering wheel
Making the steering unit and fitting the steering wheel

Mark the two side sections of the steering unit as specified in the construction drawing and saw them out with the jigsaw. Drill an off-centre 6-mm-diameter hole in each of the two side sections to attach the ring nut with the carriage bolt (6 x 40 mm), and then fit them. The steering cable will later be fed through the ring nuts.

In each of the horizontal strips of the steering unit, you drill a 20-mm-large hole in the middle for the steering axle. Mount the side sections and the horizontal strips with screws (3.5 x 50 mm).

You also drill a 20-mm-diameter hole in the middle of the steering wheel fixing. You drill a 4-mm-diameter hole on one side for the lock. Now put the fixing on the steering rod, pre-drill with the 3-mm drill bit and lock the steering wheel fixing with a screw (3 x 60 mm). Then screw the steering wheel onto the fixing with four screws (3.5 x 40 mm).

Now the steering rod is inserted into the corresponding holes of the steering unit and aligned with shaft collars and set screws. To make sure that the steering cable does not slip later on, slit open a piece of rubber hose and put it around the steering rod.

7

Building the brake pedal

7 - Building the brake pedal
Building the brake pedal

Now you assemble the brake pedal. Mark the outline for the side sections and cut them with the jigsaw. Then drill a hole in each side of the pedal for the carriage bolt (6 x 40 mm) and the ring nut that the control cable for the brakes will later be attached to.

You drill a 6-mm-diameter hole in each of the side sections for when the pedal is later fitted. Now mount the brake pedal with screws (3.5 x 40 mm) and fit the two ring nuts.

8

Cutting the body components to size

To determine the exact position of the steering unit, saw the side sections into shape beforehand. Transfer the outline onto the panels and cut them out with the jigsaw or hand-held circular saw. You should pre-drill the inner radius beforehand with 10 mm each to make it easier to turn the saw blade.

Whilst doing this, you can also cut the other parts of the bodywork to size. Do the bonnet in exactly the same way as the side sections.

The second tail is a little more complicated. As it is slanted, you will have to make mitre cuts at a 25-degree angle on the top and bottom with the jigsaw or circular saw.

9

Installing the steering unit and brake pedals

9 - Installing the steering unit and brake pedals
Installing the steering unit and brake pedals

Now connect the steering unit to the frame in the right position. Use the two connecting pieces to do this and mount them each with four screws (3.5 x 30 mm) on the frame and on the steering unit.

Then screw the brake pedal to the connecting pieces (with two 5-x-50-mm screws). Make sure that the pedal remains movable.

10

Fitting the control cables for the steering and braking

10 - Fitting the control cables for the steering and braking
Fitting the control cables for the steering and braking

Fix the control cable for the steering to the ring nut at the right-hand front wheel with a simplex clamp. Pull the cable through the ring nut on the right-hand base plate and through the cutout in the base plate up via the ring nut on the right of the steering unit to the steering axle.

Here you wrap the cable around the rubber casing three times and feed it further via the ring nut on the left of the steering unit down to the left-hand base plate where you feed it through the ring nut again towards the left-hand front wheel. Fix the turnbuckle under the base plate with another simplex clamp. Connect the other end of the turnbuckle with a carabiner to the ring nut on the left-hand side of the front axle. Now you can tighten the cable with the turnbuckle.

For the brake, a control cable runs from each side of the pedal through the opening in the base and the ring nut to the brake rod. Fix the cables to the ring nuts on the brake pedal with simplex clamps. Again add a turnbuckle at the back and fix it with a carabiner to the ring nut on the brake rod.

To ensure that the brake releases, screw on a return spring from below for each brake between the brake rods and the rear axle with spacer rings and washers.

When everything is connected, rotate the turnbuckle to apply sufficient tension to the brake cable.

11

Fitting the body components

11 - Fitting the body components
Fitting the body components

Now the bodywork of the go-kart needs to be fitted. Firstly, screw on the radiator and the first tail. Then fit the side sections. Now you can mount the bonnet on the side sections and the radiator. Then fit the second tail between the side sections (each with 3.5-x-30-mm screws). Finally, mount the spoiler and the bumpers with screws (3.5 x 40 mm).

12

Mounting the wheels and installing the seat

12 - Mounting the wheels and installing the seat
Mounting the wheels and installing the seat

Before you can drive it, the go-kart needs a seat and wheels. Each wheel is held in position by two shaft collars. Simply slide the first shaft collar onto the axle, then the wheel and then the second shaft collar. The shaft collars are locked with set screws.

The seat consists of the seat frame, the backrest and the seat panel. Mark the outline and saw the components into shape with the jigsaw. Pre-drill holes through the seat frame (5 mm diameter), so that you can later mount the seat on the go-kart, and screw the backrest to the seat frame. Then you can place the seat in the go-kart. Once it is in the right position, tighten the screws. Finally, fit the seat panel.

To be safe, now check all connections again. Then your go-kart is ready to go.

13

Done

13 - Done
Done

It’s great if you had fun doing the project. But now comes the real fun. It’s time to hit the track with this sporty car!


Legal note

Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.


 

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