Make a Lego Plate Wheel




So, I was playing around with my lego when I started building a tall tower out of 2x4's and 1x2's.

The tower got an awful lean and it decided to put a curve in itself.

That made me want to crush that tower and forget about lego forever but I stopped and looked at it from another way, the curve was smooth an uniform - maybe I could make a wheel from it!?

So I got all my plates that were 2x4 and then realized I didn't have enough to make a full circle.

Then I added some 2x6 plates and still couldn't make it!

Out of sheer desperation I used every 4 stud long plate and used hem as 2x4 plates when stacked together.

So to make this model (properly) you will need:

  1. 48 1x2 plates.
  2. 36 2x4 plates.
  3. 12 2x6 plates.

Lets get started!

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Step 1: The Module.

This is the longest step, you need to separate your supplies into piles of the following:

  1. 1x 2x6 plate
  2. 3x 2x4 plates
  3. 4x 1x2 plates

To assemble the pieces you will have to take three of the 1x2's and all the 2x4's and stack one 1x2 on the end of each 1x4 like in the second photo.

With the remaining 1x2 you will need to put it under one of the 2x4's like in photo three.

Now, with the 2x4 with two 1x2's on it underneath,pile the other 2x4's on top and lastly the 2x6 - the result is shown in photo 4.

Pick up the unit in your thumb and forefinger like shown in photo 5 and crimp the ends of the plates together, they will form a 1/12th of a circle like shown in photo 6.

Now make 12 of these!

You can do any colour combination you like and once you have made all 12 you can move on!

Step 2: Connect the Units!

Now it is time to connect the units.

To do this you will have to take each unit and stack them on top of each other the same way as you made the units.

You should be able to do a quarter-circle very easily so make 4 of them and join them to make to half-circles and then join those again to make your wheel.

Now, the center of the wheel is the exact size of a 2x2 round piece so you can put these on a wagon and they will roll!

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    13 Discussions


    Reply 1 year ago

    Can you show me a picture of this? I don't really understand clearly what you mean.


    Reply 1 year ago

    A lego 2x2 round brick can fit inside the hole in the center of the lego plate wheel.


    Reply 1 year ago

    That could definitely be done!


    Reply 1 year ago

    I knew I saved my sons' Lego for a reason. I have been looking for a clock for our family room--this would be really cute. I plan to mark the number locations with a color change. I will try to post a picture when I finish it.


    Reply 1 year ago

    Feel free to post an instructable on it if you do end up making it! (And, please post a photo of it too)

    I'm glad I've inspired you :)