Introduction: Wheelchair Workstation

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Every year I go on camp with disabled children. We stay in a large camp ground with lawns, sports fields and woods, go on day trips and make big tours. But a camp with children in wheelchairs often means a lot of flat tires, broken footboards and loose bolts. Staying on a large campsite or just going on a trip are not making it easy to resolve such problems quickly. In addition you often need a lot of material.
To solve this problem, I went looking for a solution. We had a lot of old wheelchairs that were no longer used, so converting one to a mobile workstation seemed ideal. 
Have fun reading the tutorial or with the construction of your own first aid for damaged wheelchairs
 

Step 1: Find a Suitable Wheelchair

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When looking for a wheelchair it is important that it is an old model. This means a separate loose back and seat. That's because in the majority of the new designs, they are attached to the wheelchair and fold with the chair. The reason why these components have to be separately is because the fitting parts of the backrest and the seat will be used for the fastening of the workstation on the wheelchair.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Step 2: The Design

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Every wheelchair requires a different design. I find it easy to sketch the possibilities on a photograph. For this chair I chose a design with a tray at the back to overcome the slope, in front three sliders and on the bottom another tray.

In my last step I show another example. On that one for example, it wasn't possible to make a tray on the bottom because there were two cross beams. 
 
 
 
 

Step 3: Crafting

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Let the hammering begin!
Make sure that you first measure everything well and always leave some slack. Start with one side (see photo), because all the rest is rectangular and is located between the twe sides. Start too big so that you can correct, but make sure it does not wring at the end. Once you've gotten everything good you copy the side and then it's just a matter of screwing everything in between.

Unfortunately I can not say much more than this about the building itself because each wheelchair is different. Sorry about that ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Step 4: Attaching

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To securely connect the workstation to the wheelchair, I use the original connection brackets on the seat and backrest. Folding of the brackets or the use of wooden beams to overcome height is not excluded!
 
 

Step 5: Extras

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Here I also have locks fitted to the slides so they can not fly off when braking hard. Some rain pipe clamps ensure that a rear bicycle pump can be attached.
 
 
 
 

Step 6: You Are Done !

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Enjoy your wheelchair workstation !!
 
 
 
 
 

Step 7: Another Example

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Here I just placed a tray on the wheelchair which can be used for all kinds of materials (water, raincoats, ...). On the side, I attached two pieces of PVC pipe where the flag of our association can be placed in.
 
 
 
 
 

Step 8: Thank You !

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Thanks for reading my instructable! Here are some pictures of the wheelchairs in action!

Besides, our association is called "the sunflower petals". (http://www.zonnebloemblaadjes.be)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Comments

milesnorth (author)2017-06-05

That is a great idea! Gonna put it to use.

wrsexton (author)2016-08-21

Ran across this in a search for portable workstations. Great idea, great execution, and for a great cause! That's a plus 3 for you on the humanity scale!!!!

vladivastok (author)2015-01-18

LOVE THE MOBILITY OF THE CHAIR. WHERE WOULD A USED REASONABLY PRICED ONE BE FOUND ? THANK'S [ VLAD ]

nnygamer (author)2014-03-31

I need something like this for all my AD&D gaming books and papers.

bricobart (author)2014-03-28

Nice project mate, you've got a hell of a lot storage in there! Or, zoals ze bij ons zeggen: goe bezig motje!

RubenRosseel (author)bricobart2014-03-28

Haha thanks ! Nen echten westvloaming ? :)
Besides, your back box one also looks good !

bricobart (author)RubenRosseel2014-03-28

Brabander, Gueuzestreek!

Coyote231 (author)2014-03-28

Great instructable. Love the reuse of resources. I've voted for all 3 categories and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. These are great ideas for reusing my family's extra chairs laying around our home. Thanks for the inspiration.

RubenRosseel (author)Coyote2312014-03-28

Thanks ! Let me know what you come up with !

PS you posted your comment 9 times ... Just to let you know ;)

ClareBS (author)2014-03-27

What a great idea. I love your sketch and photos of the rolling workstation in action.

RubenRosseel (author)ClareBS2014-03-27

Thanks ! If you want you can vote ... ;)

ClareBS (author)RubenRosseel2014-03-27

Hi Ruben,
Thanks for the nudge, I voted for you in all three categories.

RubenRosseel (author)ClareBS2014-03-28

Haha, thanks !

Coyote231 (author)2014-03-28

Great instructable. Love the reuse of resources. I've voted for all 3 categories and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. These are great ideas for reusing my family's extra chairs laying around our home. Thanks for the inspiration.

Coyote231 (author)2014-03-28

Great instructable. Love the reuse of resources. I've voted for all 3 categories and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. These are great ideas for reusing my family's extra chairs laying around our home. Thanks for the inspiration.

Coyote231 (author)2014-03-28

Great instructable. Love the reuse of resources. I've voted for all 3 categories and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. These are great ideas for reusing my family's extra chairs laying around our home. Thanks for the inspiration.

Coyote231 (author)2014-03-28

Great instructable. Love the reuse of resources. I've voted for all 3 categories and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. These are great ideas for reusing my family's extra chairs laying around our home. Thanks for the inspiration.

Coyote231 (author)2014-03-28

Great instructable. Love the reuse of resources. I've voted for all 3 categories and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. These are great ideas for reusing my family's extra chairs laying around our home. Thanks for the inspiration.

Coyote231 (author)2014-03-28

Great instructable. Love the reuse of resources. I've voted for all 3 categories and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. These are great ideas for reusing my family's extra chairs laying around our home. Thanks for the inspiration.

Coyote231 (author)2014-03-28

Great instructable. Love the reuse of resources. I've voted for all 3 categories and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. These are great ideas for reusing my family's extra chairs laying around our home. Thanks for the inspiration.

Coyote231 (author)2014-03-28

Great instructable. Love the reuse of resources. I've voted for all 3 categories and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. These are great ideas for reusing my family's extra chairs laying around our home. Thanks for the inspiration.

chuckyd (author)2014-03-27

That's one of the best re-purposing instructables I have seen in a while.

I wonder how it would work if, instead of open drawers, each one were a closed box. One thing, that would keep you from overfilling the box and risk losing some tiny article.

Brilliant idea.

criggie (author)2014-03-27

I'd expect the bigger back wheels to roll best, and the smaller wheels to dig in a bit easier. Do you end up tilting it back a lot?

RubenRosseel (author)criggie2014-03-27

On asphalt this is not the case but on the lawn this may be necessary, but that's the same with a person in it. So that's not too bad

DDW_OR (author)2014-03-27

Excellent work.

here is what i did to my ATV that is used on my place. i know this is over-kill for you. but it may give you ideas on a powered tool cart.

RubenRosseel (author)DDW_OR2014-03-27

We are a non-profit organization, so we don't have lots of budget ... But who knows what the future holds ?

FriendOfHumanity (author)2014-03-23

This is great.

Thanks !

acaig (author)RubenRosseel2014-03-27

Can I come on your camp? my foot plate has been wonky since me and a hospital bed collided on a blind corner and I can't get it right again it's a great idea spares a and storage on site and nothing in the landfill perfect

RubenRosseel (author)acaig2014-03-27

If you ever come to Belgium I would be honored to do that !

anoukkantelberg (author)2014-03-26

Cool! How do I do this without robbing an old lady from her wheelchair?

Haha, there are tons ways to get old wheelchairs. Thrift shops or nursing homes and clinics sometimes throw them away ... No need to attack old ladies ! ;-)

Attmos (author)2014-03-24

It's funny how necessity really does produce some of the coolest inventions. Very creative, nicely done!

RubenRosseel (author)Attmos2014-03-24

Necessity is when the coolest things are invented, that's true ! Thanks for the comparison !

jmwells (author)2014-03-22

Suggestion: Fill the inflatable tires with rags tightly packed all around. The last thing you need is your repair cart with a flat. Also, with solid tires, you'll have less rolling resistance under the heavy load of tools/parts.

RubenRosseel (author)jmwells2014-03-23

Good proposal. Although the wheelchair normally can carry a 80 kg person easily, so that's a lot of tools. But you are better prepared, that's true!
thanks

jmwells (author)RubenRosseel2014-03-23

You are most welcome. Thank you for your work with the kids.

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