Alpine Sled

  • Advertise with us
Project by LanternLightFarm posted 02-09-2016 02:22 AM 1506 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past Christmas was my daughters first, I wanted to make sure it was special and start a new tradition of making at least one gift for her. I had recently built a new steam box and thought that a bent wood sled would be the perfect gift. The bending frame was made out of a miscut staircase skirt and some scrap wood that was laying around the shop, a 1 gallon paint can was used to layout the loop. The runners are made by steaming and gluing 5 pieces of 1/4” x 3/4”oak.

The sled is made of Red Oak that I cut and milled here on our farm, and the walnut was cut and milled by my great-grandfather on his farm. The frame and runners are held together by mortise and tennon joints, a quick video of the final assembly process can be viewed here:

8 comments so far

View Betsy's profile


3394 posts in 4868 days

#1 posted 02-09-2016 03:36 AM

I think it’s grand. A new tradition is started with a great first gift. I’m sure she’ll love it as she gets older.

Thanks for sharing.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

View Bobsboxes's profile


1467 posts in 3636 days

#2 posted 02-09-2016 04:25 AM

That is a great sled, great first gift. I can still remember our sled we grew up with, till we found out about heavy cardboard.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

View WoodNSawdust's profile


1417 posts in 2148 days

#3 posted 02-09-2016 11:24 AM

Beautiful sled and a good job bending the runners.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

View ChrisK's profile


2051 posts in 4053 days

#4 posted 02-09-2016 01:49 PM

Really nice. I try and make some each Christmas for a few people. No sleds to date, though.

-- Chris K

View TheGreatJon's profile


348 posts in 2205 days

#5 posted 02-09-2016 01:51 PM

Gorgeous sled. Very well done.

-- This is not the signature line you are looking for.

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 3838 days

#6 posted 02-09-2016 02:38 PM

This is beautifully done and very quaint.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View shipwright's profile


8643 posts in 3770 days

#7 posted 02-09-2016 03:20 PM

Very pretty and I’m sure functional sled. The traditional look sets it apart.
Good job on the runners as well. Steam bending is one of the things I miss since I quit building boats. It still amazes me what can be done with a little steam.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

View PaulDoug's profile


2442 posts in 2675 days

#8 posted 02-09-2016 09:11 PM

She will treasure that for a life time. Very nice.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics