Retro Scooter

This week Peter and Annalien build the ideal toy for a little boy. Let them inspire you to build your own toy scooter for your little one. Get a step by step guide to see how you can make this scooter.

You will need:

Tools Materials
Compound Mitre Saw Plywood 18/20mm
PST 18 Jigsaw Sides 1000 x 400 mm -= 2 pieces
GMR 1 router Front 800 mm x 300 – 1 piece
PSR 10.8 Cordless drill Driver Seat/upright 200xx x 150mm – 2 pieces
PSR 18 Cordless Drill Driver Square frame top/bottomsides 450mm x 60mm – 12 pieces
PEX 220 Eccentric/Random Orbital sander Side inserts 300 mm x 200mm – 2 pieces
Primo Sander Front inserts 200mm x 400mm – 1 piece
POF 1400 router Off cuts various sizees for decoration, head lights etc
PTD40 Bench drill press handle bar – 30)-40mm curtain rod/dowel stick (I have 
  Whhels 10-12 inch – 2 pieces (I have these)
  Threaded rod 8 mm plus 24 washers plus 12 nuts
  Spray paint – wood or grey primer, red/blue for seat and handle bar, yellow for head light, silver for accent.
  Clear varnish 
  wood filler – pine
  cut screws 4 x 50, 4 x 60, 4 x 75mm
  wood glue

Follow these steps:

  • Draw out a pattern on paper that is based on the size of a normal kiddies scooter. Play around until you get the right shape.
  • Trace around the paper pattern onto the plywood.
  • Use a jigsaw to cut out the shape mirror this shape onto another side and cut shape out again.
  • Make spacers the same width as the wheel axles by cutting small pieces of wood to size.
  • Place a spacer between the two sides near the rear wheel, seat post and steering column
  • Use screws to attach sides together using the spacers to attach
  • Cut out and attach filler side panels using paper templates that you can draw out first
  • Cut out seat upright
  • Attach seat post/upright
  • Cut out seat, router and sand
  • Drill holes for back wheel
    • Cut out front design (again using a template that you can draw out)
  • Put in brace pieces for the wheels
  • Drill holes for front wheel
  • Cut out headlight with router
  • Sand and router
  • Cut out and attach front filler panel
  • Attach front to the sides using a long bolt and make steering column
  • Make and attach dashboard and handle bar holder
  • Make handle bar and end caps using thick curtain rod
  • Sand and varnish
  • Spray seat, headlight and handlebar and attach
  • Assemble wheels using the right axle thread that matches the thread on the wheels
  • Base your scooter on an existing scooter or bicycle to get your sizing correct and to get the right wheels

 Get the layout

Click here to download the layout