Build you own clip-on wheels for $5



  • @jeff8v7 I have to say I really think your design is genius!



  • @jeff8v7 Pretty cool! What is that metal strip?



  • So do you roll it side ways? Or do the wheels swivel so you can roll it behind you like luggage ?



  • @braswell I asked him that in this thread, look above the last photos.



  • @thegreck ahh sweet, been following this idk how I missed it :) Thanks



  • I roll it sideways beside me. This seems most natural because that's how I carry the one wheel normally - on one side by the handle on the end. I just got tired of gravity, but the position is great for carrying.

    I don't know what the long metal piece was intended for originally. I just walked around the hardware store until I found something that fit through the clips and was the right length. The black paint was a nice coincidence. :)



  • Someone more clever than me could likely design a 3D printable part that slides on securely and just needs 2 wheels attached.



  • Today I noticed that even a single clip on wheel is is fine for just quickly sliding the OW across the floor instead of carrying it. And the board pivots easily on the single wheel.

    Two clip ons is still better for leaning it against something - like yesterday at the crowded Apple Store. Easy to slide around on 2 wheels and prop against a counter or wall.

    My next project is little wheels that are permanently attached and just flip into place when needed. Seems like a small cabinet hinge will be sufficient - time to visit the hardware store :). Might be too ugly to keep, but worth a try...



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    @jeff8v7 Made my own! And it only cost me $40! That's $5 for parts, $5 for a titanium drill bit, and $30 for a new bench vise. Haha... all things I needed anyway.



  • @thegreck Yeah - a titanium drill bit is important. Those binder clips are hard to drill.

    So cool to see my idea in use! Enjoy! I typically use 2, but 1 is pretty good too.

    I have a backpack attachment I designed too, but I haven't posted it. It allows you to hang the OneWheel on an existing backpack for long distance hauling - which I usually avoid.



  • @jeff8v7 The vise was really important too! I was putting my full body weight into my B&D hammer drill for a minute straight before even the titanium bit showed any sign of going through that damn binder clip. What are those things made of??

    Looking forward to seeing your backpack clip!



  • @thegreck I was wondering that (how hard to drill). I think it is due to the process they go through to hold their shape and keep tension on what ever you have them placed on.



  • @Dude I was totally thinking the same thing. Has to be pretty strong metal to hold as tight as they do.



  • A vice or drill press would help. :) I've drilled a bunch of these. I clip the binder onto some styrofoam or cardboard, then drill a tiny pilot hole first. Then just be patient with the bigger bit. It takes much longer than you'd think.



  • Actually - by tiny pilot hole I don't mean your smallest bit. You'll break it in no time.

    Too bad they don't make smartphones from the same metal. It seems near indestructible, and it's cheap.



  • @jeff8v7 Hey check this out... I took your 2-wheel design and modified it to use a single clip:
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  • The idea I had in my head about this concept was more like what the custom bag builder made (though I had thought of it in this type of thing) with roller blade type wheels, turned 90 degrees to these wheels, and a clip on handle or in V.2 board a cut in handle on 1 end and cut in wheel groove well points to lock onto.

    I was even thinking a small nylon rope, with hard plastic grip that clips on.... So it's easy to store with the power supply and wheels in a backpack.



  • This is is all great! Seems like the most recent improvement w the lil wood strip makes it taller too



  • @thegreck Nice change. I just saw this post. Making it a little taller is a nice idea too. I found putting the wheels farther apart helps with stability too.

    I actually just ordered a couple of wheels that I can screw directly onto the deck - because I'm just that lazy. I'll post pictures & a review when I get it completed. Here's the link to the least obtrusive side mount caster wheels I could find...

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/Wood/page.aspx?p=69914&cat=3,51976&ap=1



  • Just found this thread, and lucky enough that this is exactly what I need on extremely short notice.

    Will post pics of the DIY hack soon :3


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