How to Make a Toboggan

How to Make a Toboggan
You've found a huge hill that would be great for sled riding, but you don't have a sled. You don't want to go and purchase a poorly built sled from a store. Make your own. A toboggan is second to none for winter fun.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Four pieces of wood Metal brackets Rope
  • Four pieces of wood
  • Metal brackets
  • Rope
Step 1
Acquire your materials. Four pieces of wood about six inches wide will worj. Oak is a strong wood that will stand up to many crashes down the hill. The thickness of the oak is important; too thick and it will be hard to bend, too thin and it will be less durable. You will also need some metal brackets that will hold your wood together. Depending on the length of your wood you should have brackets every 12 inches for security.
Step 2
Bend your wood. The link provided gives you numerous options on how to bend your wood. Many manufacturers use the steaming method, but depending on your living arrangement you may not have access to a steam box so the other types of bending should be considered.
Step 3
Treat the wood. Using waterproofing solution on the wood will help to keep it protected from the snow and keep it moving well.
Step 4
Fasten the brackets on the ends of the toboggan. Move inward, fastening the remaining brackets 12 inches apart for more stability. You will probably need small nails or screws to secure the brackets tighter onto the wood. If you can find metal waterproofing, you can put that on the brackets for added protection.
Step 5
Add steering. Adding rope to the corners of the toboggan will make it easier to steer as you are going down a hill. You can drill holes into the corners, close to the top, and thread strong rope into the holes and tie them off.

Article Written By Heather Broeker

Originally from North Carolina, Heather Broeker studied journalism and advertising at the University of North Carolina. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Fox Searchlight, Fox Reality and later as a writer and marketing director. Broeker now lives in Los Angeles and runs Head Over Heels, a writing and public relations company.

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