The basic idea behind this project is that you want to put a metal plate with some casters on it onto your bag. You'll want the plate to make sure the casters are properly aligned and to provide stability. Otherwise, the casters might just push into the luggage, and then you'd just be dragging your bag across the floor. Not cool.
For this project, you'll need the following things -
Wheels - I'm using some hardwares store casters. You may want to pick the rubber ones, since
they're probably quieter, but I really dug the look of the solid iron ones.
Metal Plate - Or really any flat, solid, hard material. You could use wood, or plexiglass. I'm using aluminum, since it won't rust, is nice and shiny, and I got this piece for free.
Marker - For Marking!
Nuts and Bolts - Otherwise, the plate and wheels will fall off.
Grommeting kit - This will help you reinforce the holes you put in your bag, so the plate won't fall off either.
Luggage - This project is really hard to do without this.
Step 1: Drill!
Place the casters on the metal, then use a pen to mark the holes on the metal. Then mark a couple other places on the metal you'd like holes to be. Ideally, you want these holes to be on the edges of the plate, so the plate is best secured to the bag and won't be sticking out everywhere when the bag flexes.
Then take your plate over to the drill press, or if you have to, take the drill over to the plate, and drill out your holes! For those of you who have never drilled into metal before, it's best to start with a small bit, like 1/8" or so, to make a 'pilot hole', and then re-drill into that hole with a bit that is the size of hole you want. In this case, I'm using 1/4" bolts, so I need 1/4" holes.
Step 2: Mark!
All we do here is take our pen and put it in the holes we just drilled to mark the bag underneath. This way, we'll know where to put the grommets so they'll line up right.
Step 3: Grommet!
The grommet kit I'm using I just picked up from the hardware store for like 8 bucks.
To use it, we take the hole punching part and use that to make nice holes where we just marked. Mine involved placing a wood block in the bag, then hammering a hole punch into it. Unfortunately, it wasn't very sharp, so it took a while, especially since luggage fabric is kinda geared to be hard to cut and tear. Yours may be different, so read those instructions, too.
Next, place the two grommet pieces on either side of the holes you just cut, and using the special grommet block and punch, hammer the pieces together.
Now your bag should be full of holes! In this case, this is actually a good thing.
Step 4: Bolt!
There you go! You now have a metal plate with wheels on it attached to your bag. No more lifting for you!