How to Build a Wooden Snow Sled

How to Build a Wooden Snow Sled
When snow is on the ground, few things call to the outdoor enthusiast as readily as a good wooden snow sled. Unfortunately, these traditional thrill machines are being rapidly replaced by throw-away plastic versions. It's possible--and potentially quite easy--to make a wooden snow sled right at home, however.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wooden pallet 24 galvanized flat-head screws Screwdriver Wood saw Sandpaper Marine-grade finish
  • Wooden pallet
  • 24 galvanized flat-head screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Marine-grade finish
Step 1
Obtain a wooden pallet in good shape. From this single pallet, you should be able to find all of the materials necessary to make your wooden snow sled. A typical wooden pallet is made from 3/4-inch-thick board, with the slats measuring 1/2-inch thick. These thicknesses are perfect for a wooden snow sled.
Step 2
Make the runners. To do this, snag two identical 3/4-inch-thick boards from the wooden pallet and turn them onto their sides. These should be approximately 44 inches long. Mark both runners 12 inches from the end, 28 inches from the end and 40 inches from the end. These markings will indicate where to secure the cleats (a cleat is a strip that fastens to one part of your project either to hold it in place or to facilitate the fastening of some other part to it; in this case it will serve both purposes).
Step 3
Secure the sled's cleats by taking three 3/4-inch-thick boards from the wooden pallet. Cut them with a wood saw so that they are 1.75 inches wide and about 1.5 feet long. Use galvanized flat-head screws to secure the cleats to the runners. With runners and cleats in place, you now have a skeleton, if you will, for your wooden sled.
Step 4
Attach four more slats from the wooden pallet, either 1/2-inch thick or 3/4-inch thick, onto your wooden sled. These should lay over the cleats, running parallel to your runners. Use galvanized flat-head screws to secure the slats to all three cleats.
Step 5
Sand down any sharp or rough edges on your sled with sandpaper. Be sure to thoroughly round the edges of the runners.
Step 6
Coat the wooden snow sled with marine grade finish. While many wooden sleds employ the use of a separate handle, for your purposes simply grip the edges of the outermost slats (on the top); there should be several inches of space underneath the top slat (on the outside of the sled) for your fingers to grip securely.

Article Written By William Jackson

William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.

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