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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
 
 
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Step 1: Find a suitable wheelchair

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. 
 
 
 
 
nnygamer7 months ago

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

bricobart7 months ago

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)  bricobart7 months ago
Haha thanks ! Nen echten westvloaming ? :)
Besides, your back box one also looks good !

Brabander, Gueuzestreek!

Coyote2317 months ago
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)  Coyote2317 months ago

Thanks ! Let me know what you come up with !

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

ClareBS8 months ago

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

RubenRosseel (author)  ClareBS8 months ago

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

Hi Ruben,
Thanks for the nudge, I voted for you in all three categories.
RubenRosseel (author)  ClareBS7 months ago

Haha, thanks !

Coyote2317 months ago
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.
Coyote2317 months ago
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.
Coyote2317 months ago
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.
Coyote2317 months ago
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.
Coyote2317 months ago
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.
Coyote2317 months ago
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.
Coyote2317 months ago
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.
Coyote2317 months ago
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.
chuckyd8 months ago

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.

criggie8 months ago

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)  criggie8 months ago

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_az8 months ago

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.

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RubenRosseel (author)  ddw_az8 months ago

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

This is great.

RubenRosseel (author)  FriendOfHumanity8 months ago
Thanks !
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)  acaig8 months ago

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

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

RubenRosseel (author)  anoukkantelberg8 months ago
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 ! ;-)
Attmos8 months ago

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

RubenRosseel (author)  Attmos8 months ago

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

jmwells8 months ago
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)  jmwells8 months ago
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
You are most welcome. Thank you for your work with the kids.