At the mention of wood go karts, the best that we can collect in our minds is the simple sled, looking like a platform with a retractable steering design and wooden hand brake. And besides, it’s only as good as the hill that you can find. After about five attempts, on the hill, you are exhausted and wanting to how to mechanize this device to relieve pain in the back, and breathe.
But this is only one side of the tree, the kart is simple and boring. With the help of modern technology and sufficient materials on hand, radical projects can be developed using basic metal-karting principles, but made of wood.
What really opened the door to a wooden go kart world is a monoblock design, or solid style. Indy and Formula One cars paved the way for a different kind of cards, using composite technology, compared to the tubular frame.
Real technology came from the Second world war wooden planes did the British and the Americans. More specifically, De Havilland mosquito, Howard Hughes Spruce Goose was shown that light weight and strong aircraft can be designed from wood.
There is some science to develop wood go kart using say, plywood and two by fours. The idea is to get the forces flowing through the frame work efficiently, while maintaining the integrity of the Flexural and overall strength.
The idea is to make light weight, strong, safe, durable, and performance oriented cards. The balance of all these elements makes for some interesting wood-material selection. For example, the kart needs to bend in one axis, but not in another. Go-kart should be able to handle vibration and not crack or cause the drivetrain to get out of adjustment. In karting should be 50/50 weight distribution for maximum cornering, so that the kart will not go, but responds to the steering wheel.
The question you may ask: “why even consider the wood go kart when there are a lot of metal go kart frames to choose from?”
The answer is fundamental, you can’t have access to the working tools of the metal, but you have a lot of wood, and wood working tools.
Instead of paying for expensive kit that someone built out of wood, you can make your own using simple wooden tools such as a jigsaw, drill and a few hand tools such as a simple set of wrenches.
The basic circuit includes a person’s space and engine compartment. The steering system can be made entirely of wood, save the wheel suspension and the steering shaft. From the point of view of security, having a solid metal shaft transmission steering force to the steering mechanism is simpler, more efficient and durable.
The rear wheels are mounted via live axle, which is attached to the body through some pillow block bearings. Forces on the pillow blocks are then firmly placed below the frame, which consists of plywood and 2×4.
The General structure of the frame consists of plywood runners which run the length of the cards. Depending on the size of the 2×4 structure can be minimized in width to save weight. Also, exotic wood, such as oak can be used instead of pine for maximum strength and at the same time to minimize the cross section of the runners.
The brake system instead of having to be a primitive rubbing of the handle, or rubbing of the brake system can be made available in a disc brake system.
The steering system may develop in advanced system road using 4×4 wheel spindles. The temptation to keep turning action is very simple and does not support the other side of the spindle, but you’ll soon learn that two by four mounting structure will not be enough to keep the spindle from cracking of. As for the car, or karting, both parts of the spindle should be supported. Usually one side needs the support more than others, and this may be a compromise, and a trick for Dating.
And finally, to keep the center of gravity quite low to the Ground is a challenge in itself. The object is to keep the karts are low to the ground as possible without dragging on the ground, and also be able to provide enough resolution for the grass terrain.
That all being said, karting is a relatively simple, durable, and can be a metal frame version that corners on rails.