Hot Wheels Hot Plate

Introduction: Hot Wheels Hot Plate

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Navigating the kitchen when you have a disability can be very difficult. Particularly if you do not have upper-arm strength to lift or carry hot plates or bowls. For myself, I like to be able to make hot tea in the microwave, but I always had difficulty lifting and carrying cups filled with hot water from the microwave.

The solution was a hot plate on wheels. Hot food or drink can be sat on the coaster and easily rolled on the kitchen counter to where the item could be used. Now, I could easily slide my cup of hot tea from the microwave onto this rolling hot plate, and roll it to where I wished. Moving big bowls of food are much easier on a hot plate that rolls.

This instructable has directions for two versions of this hot plate. One I've made, and the other is plans for an improved version.


A tile or square hot plate

Dollar-store toy cars

Hot glue


tile or square hot plate

craft toy wheels

A dowel stick


wood scraps


sand paper

Optional string

Hot Glue

Step 1: Step 1: the Right Toy Car

For this first version of the hot plate on wheels, we had to find the right kind of toy car. It has to be a cheap toy car that can easily be disassembled. The dollar-store variety that come several in a pack seem to be idea. Remove the top of the toy car and use a generous amount of glue to glue the base of  the car directly to the base of the tile or hot plate. Let the glue dry. Your done! A rolling hot plate!

Step 2: Version 2

Finding the right toy car may be difficult, so you may opt instead to build your own rolling base. You will need for scrap pieces of wood slightly shorter than the length of the tile that you will use as the hot plate. Drill holes for a dowel stick to be inserted as the axle for the wheels. Mark how long the axle needs to be making sure you leave enough room for wooden craft wheels and a cap to keep the wheels from coming off.

Use hot glue to assemble the pieces. You may wish to add a pull string to make it easier to pull the hot plate.

Step 3: Safety

If your counter is at an angle or a slope, whatever you stick on the hotplate could roll away. Be very very careful with hot items on top of hot plate. The plate can be a little tipsy and there is the possibility of spilling what you are carrying upon yourself.

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    12 years ago on Introduction

    Nice idea, but (IMO) toy car wheels would make the project roll too easily - the user would have hot drinks and bowls shooting off the end of the kitchen counter.

    Balance is also an issue for your prototype - put the cup down off-centre, and it will tip and slop.

    Your second idea, though, is much more appropriate - I would use soft-rubber wheels to increase rolling resistance, and add a less flexible handle for pulling (say a loop of wire or rigid plastic) to that it can be pulled or pushed without the need for a high level of finger-tip dexterity (test your product by using it with mittens on).


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the suggestions!

    If you have a kitchen counter that is at all off-balance or has any sort of a slope to it, this project is probably not a good idea as you could have hot drinks and bowls shooting off the kitchen counter LOL. I have used the version using toy car wheels for several years, and not had any problem with it rolling too easily, What I have found is the weight of the item tends to provide sufficient friction that the tray doesn't roll dangerously for me. With my particular disability, I lack muscle strength, so what is ideal for me is not ideal for someone with more physical strength. For me, the plate has to roll very very easily for me to be able to move it at all, though I do try to be extremely careful. Balance is very much an issue with the version I made... you have to be careful to put the hot bowl or drink in the center, or else it could tip over causing the item to spill and potentially burn. In my particular circumstances, I use this tipability to help me slide items carefully on and off the tray. I will hold the mug or dinner plate, then tip the hot plate to slide the item on or off of it. One does need a high level of finger dexterity to do this and I don't recommend that for most people. The second version should account for most of those issues. I like the idea of the wire pull handle. For most people, I do think the second version would be the recommended way to build this hot plate.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    With my particular disability, I actually need the hot plate to roll very easily as I do not have much upper-body strength.  The weight of the item on the plate also adds some friction, so it does not roll quite as easily as you might suppose.  However, You do have to be very careful with it.  It is tipsy... especially with just two cars on the bottom.   I'd advise using four.  However, in my case, I actually use the fact that it tips to help me slide items on and off the plate.   So for example, to put the cup on the coaster, as I can't easily lift the cup, I tip the coaster like a ramp, and slide the cup (which is not full), onto the coaster.  For someone with more strength, this is not necessary.  The second version would be much more stable.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Maybe not this one, but I do like your elevator stick and wheelchair foot rest bumper and pads... *wink wink*