How to Make Snow Sleds for Kids

How to Make Snow Sleds for Kids
Snowmen. Snowballs. Snow sleds. These are the ingredients for a perfect winter camping trip. Once the snow hits the ground, snowmen and snowballs are easy to make, but did you know that you can make a snow sled for kids? Making a komatik-style snow sled for kids is a moderately difficult project that yields a sled perfect for sliding down a hill and perfect for hauling gear to the campsite.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 2 inch x 12 inch pine 6 to 8 feet long Block plane 1 inch x 2 inch pine 21 inches long Cotton rope or artificial sinew Screws 2 inch strips of plastic or sheet metal Varnish
  • 2 inch x 12 inch pine 6 to 8 feet long
  • Block plane
  • 1 inch x 2 inch pine 21 inches long
  • Cotton rope or artificial sinew
  • Screws
  • 2 inch strips of plastic or sheet metal
  • Varnish
Step 1
Draw a center line down the 6 to 8 foot 2 inch x 12 inch. This board will become the sled's runners. At each end draw the curve of the sleds runner. Start 1 to 2 feet back from the short edge of the board and run the curve from the outside edge, across the center line to the opposite side of the board. The curve should be gradual, smooth and pleasing to the eye. Repeat the curve on the opposite side and end of the board, then cut the runners out.
Step 2
Clamp the two runners together and using a block plane, make sure all the edges are uniform.
Step 3
While the runners are still clamped together, drill 3/8-inch holes 1 1/2 inches from the top of the runner and 3 inches apart. Start and finish these holes about 1 foot from the front and back of the sled, respectively. Make sure to drill completely through both runners while they're clamped together.
Step 4
Unclamp the runners, and tack 2 of your 1 inch x 2 inch pine boards to the runners. These cross boards should be centered over the most forward and furthest back holes. The front of the sled should be a 1/2 inch wider than the back. If you're using 21-inch boards, the runners should be 14 inches apart.
Step 5
Using cotton rope or artificial sinew, lash a cross board centered above each hole you drilled. You can follow this pattern for lashing: 1. Through the hole from the outside. 2. Around the top of the cross board on the inside of the runner. 3. Through the hole from the inside. 4. Around the cross board on the outside of the runner. 5. Through the hole from the outside. 6. Around the top of the cross board on the inside of the runner again. 6. Through the hole from the inside and continue onward to the next hole. Repeat the pattern for every hole. Tie off the line at each end.
Step 6
Screw 2-inch strips of plastic or sheet metal to the bottom of the runners to make the sled slide easier.
Step 7
Varnish or treat the sled with a wood preservative and add a rope handle.

Tips & Warnings

 
Make sure your lashing is tight before moving to the next hole. Plastic runners made for dog sleds work great on the bottom of the runners.
 
Make sure your lashing is tight before moving to the next hole.
 
Plastic runners made for dog sleds work great on the bottom of the runners.
 
Sledding can be dangerous; be sure to wear a helmet.

Resources

Article Written By Bryan Hansel

Bryan Hansel is a freelance photographer and kayaking guide who began writing in 1993. His outdoors articles appear on various websites. Hansel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and religion from the University of Iowa.

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