DIY Go-Kart



About: I love to build DIY wood projects.

I had extra wheels laying around so I decided to make this DIY go-kart for kids to have fun. My son likes BMWs so I drew a BMW sign with headlights. Now he has his own personal BMW that runs on fruits and vegetables, well sometimes pizza.


Tools for this project


Miter Saw

Tape Measure


Material List
• 2x6x8' (x2)

• 2x4x8' (x1)

• 11"x8"- 1/2" Plywood (x1)

2 1/2" Wood Screws

1 5/8" Wood Screws

• Wheels (x4)

• 5/8" Threaded Rod (x2)

• Nuts and Washers (9 nuts, 13 washers)

• 4" Bolt (x1)

• Car Seat

• Rope

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Step 1: Cut and Assemble Main Frame

Take 2x6 and cut it to 58" long (x2). Also, cut 2x4 to 11" long (x2) and attach it on both ends using 2 1/2" Wood Screws. This will be the frame of the go-kart.

Step 2: Cut 2x4 Board for Steering

Cut 2x6 to 18" long. Place this board about 8" from the front edge and drill a 5/8" hole thru both 2x4 and 2x6. The hole is slightly off center to fit both the rod and the hole on 2x4.

Step 3: Attach the Steering 2x4 to Frame

Attach this 18" long board using a 4" bolt and nut. Place three washers in between 2x4 and the 2x6 frame. This is to prevent 2x4 rubbing against the 2x6 when turning the wheels.

Step 4: Attach Rod to Steering 2x4

Using Sawzall with metal blade cut 5/8" threaded rod to 26" long. Place it on top of 2x4 aligning it in the center. Strap the rod to the 2x4 with plumbing metal strap using 1 5/8" Wood Screws.

Step 5: Strap Rod to Frame

Similar to step 4, cut threaded rod to 21" long and strap it to 2x6 with plumbing metal strap.

Step 6: Attach Wheels

Now put the wheels on. Make sure to have a washer and nut on both sides of the wheel.

Step 7: Attach Car Seat

Take a small 1/2" plywood piece and attach it to the front of the go kart for the car sign. Strap a car seat on top of 2x6 frame, giving enough room for someone to stand in the back and push it. Drill a hole on each side of the 18" long steering 2x4. Pull the rope thru the hole with a knot on the bottom preventing the rope to come out. That's it you're done with this DIY go-kart.

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