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Add wheels to your luggage!

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Do you not have wheels on your luggage? Do you wish you did? Well, maybe this can help!

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.
 
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sarawelder3 years ago
does it leak? or do you have rubber washers too. I often thought of adding wheels ... the aluminum plate is a great idea.
guy904 years ago
Thank you for the upload :)
randomhat6 years ago
If you put the plate on the inside of the bag, you wouldn't get any strange looks by airport security either.
LasVegas6 years ago
If you want your instructable noticed, you should include a picture of the finished product and use it for the Intro page. Step 1 should be the acquiring of tools and supplies.
lemonie6 years ago
Looks very solid, much better than the plastic things you often find on luggage. How much weight does this add? L
alan.chatham (author)  lemonie6 years ago
All in all, I probably added about 4 pounds to my bag, the bulk of that coming from the solid iron wheels. The aluminum plate is quite light itself, so if you used that and maybe just rubber wheels, you could probably keep this down to 2 pounds or so extra weight.
Thanks for the reply. Wheels are great until they break. Here you can be sure of carrying the extra 4 pounds without failiure, at the expense of a small disadvantage in lifting. L
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