Introduction: (Very) Cheap and Easy Cart for a Science Fair Project...
My second-grade son is entering his Science Fair, and needs a cart for the soda bottle rocket he's making.
I pulled my Corel Draw skills together to come up with a (simple?) wheel and cart-body design to build and use for the project.
Here are the drawings and project pieces I designed at TechShop in San Jose.
Including the free metal rod, the total cost was about fifteen cents!
Step 1: Check Out the File - Built for 1/4" MDF...
Here're the vectors and (not necessarily needed) text for the wheels, brackets, etc.
I promise the wheels aren't perfect! I recognized afterwards that I'd set some of the vent holes off-center - but this is not so critical for the project.
It happened that the scrap rod I found for the axles was .188" diameter. I compensated for the laser kerf a bit and made the holes in the wheels and 'washers' about .188 diameter. The "axle nuts" are around .186" diameter for the inside.
The drawing has lots of extra stuff - remove as needed.
Step 2: Put It All Together
I used CA (super) glue to put it together and save time.
The axles are about 5.5" long.
Step 3: Burn the 1/4" MDF
Attached is the file for cutting the pieces, in both .cdr and .eps.
I used the laser engraver to cut the pieces for the cart. The 60-watt laser ran at 10% speed and 90% power for this successful cut.
Step 4: And Assemble...
I finished with 10 (separate!) fingers - another successful use of CA glue!
The test cart for the Soda Bottle Rocket is all set! We'll use rubber bands to hold the soda bottle on the cart...