How to Make a Sled From Skis

How to Make a Sled From Skis
A sled is a wonderful way to enjoy winter weather. Most plastic, store-bought sleds do not hold up to much heavy use. An excellent way to reuse an old pair of skis and enjoy sledding is to build a sled using a pair of old skis. This simple design will allow you to enjoy the snowy outdoors, as well as fill an afternoon with an easy do-it-yourself project. The tools and skills needed are minimal, and the end result will provide endless winter entertainment.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Build a Sled

Things You’ll Need:
  • A power screwdriver/drill
  • 2-inch flat head screws
  • 2.5-inch wood screws
  • A piece of plywood, 16 inches by 3 feet
  • Paint or stain
  • An old pair of skis
  • A saw
  • One 6-foot 2x4
  • Sandpaper or a file
  • Tape measure
  • Four feet of clothesline
  • Two large handle-style drawer pulls
Step 1
Cut down the skis to a length of four feet. Sand or file down the new end of the skis.
Step 2
Place marks on the center of the underside of the skis. Place marks at the following inches: 8, 9, 20, 21, 30, 31, 39 and 40 inches.
Step 3
Drill a very small hole at each of the marks on the skis. This will enable you to put screws into the ski without cracking it.
Step 4
Cut the 2x4 into two 3-foot sections.
Step 5
Place a ski upside down on each 2x4, centering it with a 6-inch overlap on each end. Secure the 2x4 to the ski using the pre-drilled holes and 2-inch screws.
Step 6
Turn the skis over and screw the 3-foot section of plywood onto the 2x4s, leaving a one inch overlap on each side.

Finishing Touches

Step 1
Stain or paint the wood of the sled so that it is water-resistant.
Step 2
Drill a hole in the center of the front of the plywood section. Use this hole to thread clothesline for towing the sled.
Step 3
Attach a drawer pull to each side of the sled to use as handles when riding.

Tips & Warnings

Always use protective equipment when using power tools.
Repaint or stain your sled every season so that it holds up against the weather.
Store the sled in a dry location in the off-season.

Article Written By Beau Prichard

Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.

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