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Although pre-made go kart frames are made available in local hobbyist stores, but not everyone has the ability to pay for these expensive babies. A basic model will rip a few thousands off your wallet. If you like go carting and you are planning to get your first go kart, why not consider making one yourself? It costs relatively cheaper and the outcome product, ideas and design solely belongs to you. Here are some useful tips on how to build a go kart frame.

Sit down on a piece of cardboard and start sketching your own design for the go kart frame. Be sure that you can fit the driver (in this case, yourself) in the frame comfortably. Most of the time, the frames come in ovals or squares. The wider the wheel base is, the more stable the go kart will be. Based on your design, roughly estimate the amount of materials and tools that you will need for the entire project – welder, pipe bender, metal tubing, filler materials etc. It is important to go for tubing that is light in weight but sturdy enough to withstand the pressure and speed of your go kart.

Go Kart Frame How to Build a Go Kart Frame

First, cut the tubing material with a chop saw or hack saw according to the accurate measurements and drill holes to connect the tubing together to form a frame. You may use tools like bolts, screws or a welder to connect them into a frame. It would be best for you to consult a professional welder or let them do this part of building because the task can be dangerous to novice builders.

You may want to use plywood for the interior of the go kart. Cut out plywood of the appropriate size to fit into the tubing frame as the flooring. Use the extra plywood pieces to cover up the inner sides of the go kart.

When you are done with the frame, you may proceed to add on the other parts of the go kart frame. For instance, the engine frame, the car seat, steering and bearing kits, as well as wheels. Normally the go karts are about 2 inches off the ground and bear in mind that the lower your go kart is, the more stable it will be. It reduces the chance of flipping over as the centre of gravity is high enough to prevent that from happening.

That is generally how to build a go kart frame. In order to complete a go kart, you will need to install the engine and car seats, as well as the brakes, steering and wheels.

Every motorcycle requires a jig to support and accommodate its frame. It is possible to build a chopper without a jig but having it makes the building process a whole lot easier. To weld the chopper, you need a welding fixture. Though it doesn’t hold the frame together for welding, it certainly helps to fit and tack-weld the motorcycle more easily. This item can be purchased from specialized chopper shops but if you are up to it, why not try creating a jig yourself? Listed here are some steps on how to build a motorcycle jig.

A simple structure can be created with two pieces of 5-inch steel mill channel which functions as the main pieces. They function as the main structure and provide the basic foundation for other parts to adhere to. Having a jig can help achieve a few things- it is able to locate the neck (which includes both height and rake angle that holds it in place). It is also able to locate the rear axle height as well as level the rails located at bottom.

Motorcycle Jig How to Build a Motorcycle Jig

For the neck, it should consist of 1/8 inches of wall steel tube measured by 2×3 inches. To clamp the vertical 5-inch steel post, you can use two plates to do so. Then, you can adjust the height of the neck vertically. To follow through the neck of the frame, use a 3/4 inch rod on a pivot.

As for the axle post, it is made of 1/4 inch steel tube measuring by 2×4 inches. The item that holds these axle plates are two 3/4 of an inch axles. To keep them in place, you can use shaft collar and spacers. To enable the plate to be jacked up vertically for adjustments, take a 1/2 inch steel plate and attach a 1/2 square tube to it. Make sure that the axle posts can be moved in any direction as needed. Besides that, you can add spacers to the axle and drill bolt holes to set spacing. Certain chopper frames may require specific types of fittings. You should consider the measurements of the frame so that your jog will fit in correctly. The keyword to remember is accuracy. The more accurate it is, the better it will accommodate your frame. For detailed planning and template, you can always obtain more information via different websites.

The abovementioned are general steps on how to build a motorcycle jig. Do read up more and come up with a detailed plan so that you will not find difficulty during the building process.

Water wheels have been used through the ages not only to pump water but also to produce power to cut wood and grind grain. Water wheel pumps are commonly used to provide water in areas where safe drinking water is not easily available. Here is how you can build your own water wheel pump.

Required Materials

  • cardboard or wooden planks
  • hot glue
  • pens and pencils
  • skewer (wooden)
  • buckets

Required Tools

  • hammer
  • nails
  • sewing pins
  • scissors
  • protractor
  • ruler

Water Wheel Pump How to Build a Water Wheel Pump


  1. Designing – Firstly, design the structure properly. Use wooden planks or pieces of cardboard for this purpose. Draw a straight line at a distance of 2″ from the border of one of the wooden planks and divide this into 10 equal segments. These will be your paddles. Then, with a protractor, draw two circles. The centers of these circles are the points where the axle will connect to the two parts of the machinery you are building. These pieces should be marked out according to the size of your water wheel; you don’t want to have a badly balanced wheel! It is important to get these measurements correct.
  2. Making the Stand – Design the stand for your water wheel. This is the least technical section of the entire process. Give it as much height as you want. The usual shape is to have two large triangles stabilized with a supporting beam. You can even add an optional base for added support. The water wheel will fit into the groves provided in the stand.
  3. Cutting the Sides – The wooden planks you have marked previously need to be cut with the help of a saw or cutter.
  4. Paddles – The paddles are to be placed at an angle of about 40 degrees from the two halves of the water wheel. Use glue to fix the paddles in place. A skewer needs to pass through the centers of the two sides of the water wheel.
  5. Bringing the Water Wheel and Stand Together – Place the water wheel on the stand. If you want to use your water wheel for water supply purposes as part of your garden, you may need to build a bigger one.
  6. Attaching Buckets – Attach buckets to the axle of your water wheel and check its performance. Now your water wheel pump is ready to pump water.

Tips and Warnings

  • The purpose of the water wheel will determine what size you need.
  • Make sure the stand is capable of supporting the weight of the water wheel.
  • Use tools carefully and keep your hands safe with gloves.

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