Building a wooden Vespa

vespa hack mod wood

Scooter fans should start sharpening their chisels if they want to undertake this project. This Vespa is the work of a master carpenter and a lot of time. Through the build log photos you can see that it all started with a frame made by bending and laminating wood layers together. Veneer adds the stylish stripe and a lot of carving and turning brings the curves associated with the classic scooters. Even the hand grips, brake handles, and saddle are made out of wood. There’s springs for some shock absorption but we’d bet you don’t want to ride this for too long, or park it outside. Now it just needs an electric motor retrofit.

[Thanks Blair]


  1. CMJ says:

    I hope this man passes on his skills to another. This kind of of craftsmanship is quickly disappearing from our society.

  2. Ken says:

    That is not a hack it is a work of ART!

  3. Branno says:

    Wow, this is amazing. Really impressive. There is only 1 problem though- he is going to park this outside? On the street? That would not go so well here in Berkeley.

  4. Cantc says:

    Portugal é do Caralho xD

    Portugal has some great craftsmanships…. ;)

  5. Patrick says:

    Finally, a Vespa that I wouldn’t make fun of YOU for riding!

  6. xorpunk says:

    The wood work is beyond many people do you know who can do that?

  7. nateL says:

    I have long admired that Vespa – highly impressive. His motorcycle is cool, too.

    Here’s another incredible, impressive wooden piece (I would say the most impressive wooden creation I have ever seen):

  8. reboots says:

    @CMJ, from the handful of build pictures it looks like he may have passed his skills on to his daughter at least. If nothing else, she’s got the most stylish scooter in Portugal.

  9. vonskippy says:

    You soldering iron jockeys need to get out more. Sure, it’s very nice work – but master wood workers are certainly not in limited or dwindling supply.

  10. Spork says:

    Wow… I don’t know what to say. That thing belongs in a museum on display, not on the street.

    Impressive, most impressive.

  11. Zish says:


  12. grenadier says:

    Holyfuckinshit. I can barely build a nice box…

  13. James says:

    Most impressive. Such skills are passed on fairly regularly at colleges here in the UK, but unfortunately it’s falling out of fashion to have a manual skill.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Does this mean he could make a Chinese Vespa clone out of some MDF and contact paper? (And can I order it flat-packed?)

  15. jim says:

    Do want

  16. joao says:


    This vespa is kinda old, (almost 3 years)

  17. truthspew says:

    That is one gorgeous Vespa. I have this urge to start working with wood again but doubt I have the chops for a piece like this.

  18. Addidis says:

    wow, that is simply amazing.

  19. Vespa Forum says:

    Very cool wooden Vespa. He done a amazing job. She looks very beautiful.

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