Basic - intermediate woodworking skills recommended.
1x Garage creeper ($15 - 50)
1x gaming system ($100 - 250)
1x Steering wheel/pedal set ($50 - 250)
1x Car seat (Free - $50)
1x old computer monitor ($50 - 150) (optional)
Various Scrap Wood, screws, cables, etc.
Drill & Bits
Basic hand tools
Paint & brushes (Optional)
Step 1: Out With the Old
It was an eyesore and ergonomic nightmare.
This was version 1.0: the workbench racer.
Step 2: Sourcing an Appropriate Chassis
In my case, it was a garage creeper I hardly used.
(You can easily create a mobile platform/chasis by slapping some casters and 2x4's up.)
Head to your local junkyard for a cheap ol bucket seat.
Here, I'm laying out the parts needed.
There are 2 screws on the bottom of the creeper to remove the cushioned surface.
Step 3: Building Seat Mounts
Use this write up as a general building guide, then measure out required mounting points for your components.
Create seat mounts by fixing scrap 2x4's onto the creeper's chassis.
Step 4: Mounting the Seat
Upon leaning back into the seat, there was a potential of flipping over backwards,
so I installed a small wheelie bar using some spare skateboard wheels.
Step 5: Building the Base
(This will be what you mount everything to so be sure it's secure)
They should encompass the pedal set as shown.
I have also added a wooden platform between the 2x4's.
Step 6: Framework
Step 7: Test Fit
In most cases your bucket seat will have adjustments in all directions.
The chrome tube supporting the steering column is an old hand rail.
The steering wheel is mounted to a platform that telescopes back and forth on a 2x4 via a set screw and wing nut.
Step 8: Painted and Ready to Go
I have also added a monitor riser made by some more scrap 2x4s.
Step 9: Detail: Steering Column
For the monitor, you can either build a platform for your monitor to rest on.
I continued the 2x4 theme and built a raised stand.
Step 10: Detail: Console Mounting & Wire Management
Zip ties to organize wires.