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This is a fairly straight forward woodworking project where a lot of the technical aspects can be done in different ways. I made this trike for my daughter's 1st birthday from scrap wood around the shop.

This Instructable covers all the main details but you can see it come together visually in this Youtube video:

It uses a steel axle rod at the front and back, and the seat is set back closer to the back wheels, so most of the weight won't be on the wood. This means you could use just about any wood, regardless of its strength.

The wheels and axle rod come together and were both bought at my local big box store. They are designed for wheel barrows and come with a bearing already installed.

Step 1: Create The Down Tube

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This trike only needs one part for the body, unlike a traditional bike with a top and down tube. I glued 2 pieces of timber together to make up the blank, but you could just as easily by this piece all ready to go from a hardware store.

The size will depend on the size of the child, but my blank was around 470mm long and 40mm wide. The height determines how much curve can be added. You could make this piece straight, with no curve, but I allowed an extra 20mm in height to cut the curve.

Draw the curve onto the blank but don't cut it out yet! Before that you'll need to drill a hole through for a pin that holds the front handle bars in place. Doing this while the piece of wood is square will make life a lot easier.

From there you can cut the shape into the piece and smooth out the curve using a sander.

A lot of my measurements were based off the trike in the background. This is a good way to test the height; sit your child on it, get an idea, then apply to your trike.

Frank14503 days ago
Great project! Excellent video.
excellent work. I liked the idea mcdvoice
vpv9611 days ago
Excellent! When my child comes, I’ll do it for
AbubakrS313 days ago
Awesome project, but am curious, were you not tempted to add some pedals to it?
Robin Lewis (author)  AbubakrS313 days ago
Ooooh, that would be an interesting addition! It wasn't something I even thought about, my little one's only just learnt to walk
cdavenport14 days ago
What is the source of and size of the wheels?
Robin Lewis (author)  cdavenport14 days ago
Chevy5719 days ago
Excellent job! Very well done...
Robin Lewis (author)  Chevy5719 days ago
jpmarth19 days ago
Love it! I’ve been watching for something like this I could build my son. This is perfect!
ruudcreates20 days ago
That's a gorgeous little trike. Well done.

* I will put on grandpa's todo list
This looks beautiful :)
Robin Lewis (author)  Penolopy Bulnick21 days ago
Thank you!