Charlie's Scooter

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 10:11
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Make this cute rocking scooter!!! It's DIY and you can do it! Free plans!

Happy Mother's Day!!!

If you are a mom like most of the Mom's I know, you are hoping for a gift that makes you more of a mom.  

Am I right?  

You want a new drill to build your kids picnic tables.

You want a palm sander to get rid of any slivers.

You want a new vacuum so your house is cleaner.

You want a new bicycle so you can keep up with the kids, and get a little exercise and be in a better mood for your family.

This is why I have so much respect and appreciation for other moms.

The other day, I was talking to a woman with four children.  And she kept telling me she didn't have time to fix her hair or really get dressed with so much going on, and I did not know how to tell her that I know.   I know when your hair isn't done, it's because your four kid's hair IS done.  When you aren't dressed, it's because your four kids ARE.  

This is why when moms build projects, I am so much more impressed.  Because I know what it's like to try and work on anything with children at home.  So you probably can't imagine how amazed I was by what Charlie's mom built her.

Okay to be fair to the scooter, we need a photo without her adorableness Miss Charlie stealing the show.

Brooke of Killer B*designs actually made three scooters!  

She made each from a 1x10 board 

with a dowels for the handles.  

A huge thank you today to Brooke for creating this plan and sharing it with us all.  Thank you Brooke!

Enjoy your Mother's Day!

PS - My family is devoting today to working on my mother's day present!  I am so excited!!!!  I'll be sharing photos via Instagram and Twitter if you want a sneak peek!


Shopping List

1 - 1x10 @ 8 feet long
1/2" dowel rod - 7" long

Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

See PDF cut diagram.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

The first step is to cut out all of the pattern pieces. The PDF for the pattern pieces is here.   All the pieces should print out in a tiled format (thanks Brooke!). Then use a sharp pen to trace the pieces on to the 1x10 board - the ink won't bleed through but the pen will create an indent in your wood.

Cut all the pieces out with a jigsaw and sand the edges smooth.  Then paint the pieces - it will be easier to do this now rather than later.

Step 2

Now it's time to start assembling! Fit the frame to the front and glue in place. You can also add discreetly placed countersunk screws - especially if you want the scooter to be able to disassemble.

Step 3

Next add the seat.

Step 4

And then the wheel wells.

Step 5

Step 6

Gotta have a headlight!

Step 7

And now the base supports ...

Step 8

And finally the rockers!

Step 9

A HUGE thank you to Brooke of Killer B Designs for providing and sharing this plan with us today. Brooke has a ton more photos and details on this project and then when she built more on her blog. Stop over and visit her!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Fri, 05/11/2012 - 10:53

I might have to make one for my little guy - great thing about solid wood is it will be strong enough for his sisters who will undoubtedly want to ride it too!

thank you so much for sharing!


Fri, 05/11/2012 - 12:24

Whoops! I forgot to mention that you need to slot out the base and the front pieces. I just held a 3/4" thick board up at the angle I wanted and traced it with a pen, roughly 3.5" deep for both pieces. I drilled a pilot hole in each corner, then cut with the jigsaw. Dryfit the two pieces to see if you like the angle and height. Thanks so much for the post today! I cannot wait to see brag posts!

Christianne Baldwin (not verified)

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 13:21

Love this scooter - so cute - a modern twist on a rocking horse. I'd love to make one but I can't get the PDF to print off correctly. I found the TILES setting - in mine it is under advanced settings and then poster settings but I still printed it all on one piece of paper. Has anybody gotten this to print correctly and offer advice! This is an amazingly creative project Brooke.

Christianne Baldwin (not verified)

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 14:47

I found out that adobe reader 9 and lower versions do not support tiling. :(


Fri, 05/11/2012 - 20:16

@Marg - Foot pegs would probably work for an older baby, but right now Charlie is 8.5 months and I just prop her up and push her on it. She can't really rock yet ;) I think bigger kids would be able to push off the ground.

Christianne - Is there a box checked called "fit to page"? That might be your problem. See if there's something like "Do not scale". For those with a silhouette machine I created a doc for that, you can send me a message and I can email it to ya!

Jennifer D (not verified)

Mon, 05/14/2012 - 09:43

Brooke, have you thought about making and selling these? I wouldn't be able to make this because I do not have the necessary tools, but would certainly be willing to buy one! This is so adorable!!! Thank you!

In reply to by Jennifer D (not verified)


Tue, 05/15/2012 - 14:07

Jennifer, I have considered selling these, but it's going to take a little bit first. I think I'm going to start an LLC for building/selling furniture, so if anything happens, like an injury, my personal property is protected. Especially with children's toys and furniture. It's kind of like the reason why Ana won't post crib plans. It's just a huge liability when it comes to kids and babies. I also need a little more practice with the jigsaw. I know these look great in photos, but in real life (and in the tutorial) you can tell things are uneven, cuts are rough, etc. and I'm not comfortable selling something unless I think it's almost perfect. Once I do get it down, and a business started, I think I'd price these at $50 to sell. Is there anybody handy in your life you can forward the plans to as a gift hint??

Diane Boom (not verified)

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 09:37

I just fell in love with this. My grandson Orion is going to get an orange one.
Thanks for the plain they printed out just fine for me. Was glad to see more pics of putting it together.
I saw this on Ana's web I have built a bed from her and toy box's.
Once again Thanks.

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