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Re-Bar and Woven Plastic Wheel Chair

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HealthWiki > Disabled Village Children > Chapter 66: Designs for 6 Basic Wheelchairs > Re-Bar and Woven Plastic Wheel Chair

Woven plastic wheelchair with arrows.

Weave back, seat, and footrest with ribbon, local wicker, cane rattan or polyethylene plastic.
Or use thin, lightly stretched strips of car inner tube, or canvas webbing.
For front fork and casters, use factory made casters or make your own.

To make your own see:
"Health Link Wood Wheel Chair",
"Design Choices for Wheelchairs",
"Wheel Chair with Lying_Board",
"Details of How to Make Wheel Chair Parts".


Model of sideview of wheelchair.

‘Re-bar’ is steel bar for reinforcing concrete, sold with building construction supplies. Use ½" smooth re-bar.
support cross bars
welded axle nut
sealed bearing hub and fork
slide-out footrest with kick pegs
used bicycle wheel (20" x 1 ¾")
wood wheel (5" x 1 ½") with ‘tire tread’ cut from an old car tire


Welding the footrest.

weld guide tubes
woven plastic

For axle designs see:

This page was updated:19 Jan 2018