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Wooden Push Scooter

Wooden push scooter rendering

Most boys, growing up, have spent a lot of their time outside, playing in the dirt, riding bicycles, general ‘boy-stuff’. In recent years one of the ‘toys’ which they have spent a lot of time with are push scooters, but these scooters generally sell for a realatively large amount of money.I was required to design a toy/transport item for children. It was to be able to be used as a transport means, as well as a toy. This was to be constructed mainly out of wood.

Children standing with wooden scooter prototype


My design was to be suitable for mass production, as well as simple enough to be fabricated, constructed by members of a poor community, rural community, or village persons. This may give them the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a push scooter, as well as learning how to use tools, methods, etc.

Material costs were to be kept to an absolute minimum (recycling) making it suitable for the people mentioned above.

Clever use of materials, as well as clever construction methods were required to make the item able to withstand the use/abuse thrown at it by a child.

Material Cost Breakdown:





19mm Pine Ply-wood



Building timber off-cut.



Turned building timber off-cut.



Building timber off-cut



27mm Dowel (broom handle)



Re-used small Pilchards can.

R3.00 including pilchards

Steering Hinge

Door Hinge.


Wheel Brackets

Recycled pallet wood.


Steering Plank

Recycled pallet wood.







R36.23* =  roughly  US$3.50

*These prices are that at which the prototype was constructed. Bulk buying would decrease the material cost considerably.


Scooter deck construction
Scooter deck construction. Pilchard can axle standing on underside of deck.

Front wheel assembly
Front wheel made from solid pine, pilchard tin axle with internal pine strenghtening shaft.

first test of completed scooter developmental prototype
Initial scooter testing upon completion of developmental prototype

Kids test driving the scooter
Test prototype taken to the nearby aftercare and given to the kids to use, test, abuse.

Test driving scooter
Test drive session.

evidence that pilchard tin operates successfully as a bearing
After testing conducted with many different children at the nearest kids aftercare, the internal low cost pilchard tin bearing operated successfully. For lubrication, candle wax was used.

This is a detail image of the front wheel assembly of the final prototype.

Rear wheel assembly
This is a detail image of the rear wheel assembly of the final prototype.

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