Introduction: Accessible Scooter With Putt-putt Attachment

This is a portable stander with an attachment to be able to play putt putt.

My youngest son has Muscular Dystrophy and has very weak muscles.

I originally made a scooter for him, and when my older son wanted to play putt-putt, thought of a way to expand the idea so we could all play together. 

It uses 1-1/4" PVC pipe for the framing, 3/4" PVC pipe for the putter, a scrap piece of shelving to stand on, scrap material for the seat, and hose clamps and carabiners to attach the seat to the frame.


Follow this link to see it in action:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5LrTtGamGA&feature=youtu.be

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Step 1: The Scooter Frame

First step is to make the scooter...

1.  Cut 4 pieces of 1-1/4" pipe to make a square.  I made mine 12" inches long.
2.  Cut 4 pieces of 1-14" pipe for the legs.  Make the height comfortable for whoever will be using it.
3.  Connect together with 4-way slip connectors.
4.  Add caster wheels -- I got the fittings here: http://www.formufit.com/1-1-4-7-16-pvc-caster-pipe-cap/
The wheels I got from HomeDepot

Step 2: The Scooter Top

1.  Flip frame over on top of the wood to be used as the seat.
2.  Draw around the pipe frame.
3.  Cut-out using a jigsaw.

Step 3: Scooter Arms

1.  At this point, add arms using 1-14" pipe and elbow joints if you want to use this as a scooter.

Step 4: Stander Attachment

1.  Add 4 1-1/4" pipes to the four corners. 

My height was 2 ft to make it chest high.

Step 5: The Seat

I made a pattern out of paper to start out with.  I mostly guessed at the size.  I measured my son across his rear to guess at the large width dimension.

I used the pattern to cut two layers of scrap material I had and I sewed it together.

I flipped the tabs down to make loops and sewed back and forth many times to hopefully make the seam strong.

Step 6: Seat Assembly

1.  The seat frame is built just like the scooter frame except that 3-way fittings are used at the corners instead of 4-way fittings.  Again, the frame is made with 12" 1-1/4" piping.
2.  Carabiners go through the loops of the fabric seat.
3.  Hose clamps are used to fasten the carabiners to the frame.

Step 7: Putt-putt Assembly

1.  Make a putter using 3/4" PVC pipe and an elbow fitting
2.  Drill a hole in the frame and the putter.
3.  Connect to the frame using a bolt and nut -- Note that I put a spacer (using PVC pipe) between the putter and the frame so the putter doesn't scrape up against the frame.

Step 8: Done.

Comments

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rivkameir (author)2013-08-04

If at some point you need padding over tubing (to prevent injury) pool noodles are just dandy. Cut length you need, cut the piece lengthwise & fasten over the tubing with duct tape

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artlife (author)2013-07-07

Excellent! I am going to use part of your design to add a club to my wife's walker. Thanks.

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tarheels0807 (author)2013-07-06

a awesome idea !

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