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Decorative Sleds for Grandma

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Project by jbschutz posted 10-16-2019 01:59 PM 1021 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Decorative Sleds Many rears ago a former teaching buddy of mine started having me make these sleds for each of her grandkids. She just ordered numbers 11-14! I have made at least a hundred of these for other friends and family members, and they have evolved into the current design.
This batch includes two with walnut runners and oak slats, and two with padauk runners and maple slats. Each sled is personalized with the grandkid’s name and embellished with a decorative cord. The basic construction is rather simple, as shown by the underside view. The runners are held in place by glue and dowels, as is the handle. The slats are glued and pin nailed.The sleds are 16” long and 8” wide and finished with satin poly. They make a great holiday centerpiece or mantle decoration, or can be hung on the wall of the child’s room.

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com





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ohwoodeye

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#1 posted 10-16-2019 05:44 PM

Looks good. I’m sure many people will be thankful you posted months before Christmas versus days before. Now they have time to build their own before Christmas.

How do you add the names?

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 10-16-2019 05:53 PM

These look great!! Nothing like a personalized gift that is sure to become an heirloom.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca. http://www.facebook.com/commandperformancewooddesigns

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#3 posted 10-16-2019 06:10 PM

Great looking work.
Can you share the plans?

-- Woodworking, the transformation of nature to culture.

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#4 posted 10-16-2019 06:16 PM

John, nice work and clean design. They are bigger than I thought. I thought they were small enough to hang on a Christmas tree. Nice selection of woods for contrast. Keep sledding and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 10-16-2019 06:16 PM

These are great and with their names included makes it even better gift. Did you start with a plan or just a plan you developed? This would be great for my four Grandkids.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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jbschutz

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#6 posted 10-16-2019 06:41 PM

To answer a couple of questions…...The design has changed quite a bit from the first ones I made out of left-over oak flooring from a neighbor’s project. I wanted to them be a salute to the old Flexible Flyer of my youth.
The one-time use stencils come from The Mad Stencilist…...there is a website where youn con design and order almost anything you want to create. Hugh Hoger is the head man there…..tell him “Sled Guy” semt you, and he will treat you right.

Of course, these were never meant to see a snowy slope with a kid on top…...most people put them up on a fireplace mantle or use them as a center piece. The runners are 16” long and the slats are 9.5 and 11 inches long and just over 2 inches wide. The cross pieces that hold the slats are 5.5 inchs long and .75 inches high.

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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#7 posted 10-16-2019 07:15 PM

That is a fantastic Christmas gift idea. The owners will remember you for the gifts. Good work and great idea

-- Petey

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#8 posted 10-17-2019 01:58 AM

Super neat!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 10-17-2019 02:53 AM

Very nice, at first I thought they were ornaments. Congrats on your DT3

-- John D, OP, KS

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jbschutz

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#10 posted 10-17-2019 12:18 PM


To answer a couple of questions…...The design has changed quite a bit from the first ones I made out of left-over oak flooring from a neighbor s project. I wanted to them be a salute to the old Flexible Flyer of my youth.
The one-time use stencils come from The Mad Stencilist…...there is a website where you can design and order almost anything you want to create. Hugh Hoger is the head man there…..tell him “Sled Guy” semt you, and he will treat you right.

Of course, these were never meant to see a snowy slope with a kid on top…...most people put them up on a fireplace mantle or use them as a center piece. The runners are 16” long and the slats are 9.5 and 11 inches long and just over 2 inches wide. The cross pieces that hold the slats are 5.5 inchs long and .75 inches high.

- jbschutz


To answer a couple of questions…...The design has changed quite a bit from the first ones I made out of left-over oak flooring from a neighbor s project. I wanted to them be a salute to the old Flexible Flyer of my youth.
The one-time use stencils come from The Mad Stencilist…...there is a website where you can design and order almost anything you want to create. Hugh Hoger is the head man there…..tell him “Sled Guy” semt you, and he will treat you right.

Of course, these were never meant to see a snowy slope with a kid on top…...most people put them up on a fireplace mantle or use them as a center piece. The runners are 16” long and the slats are 9.5 and 11 inches long and just over 2 inches wide. The cross pieces that hold the slats are 5.5 inchs long and .75 inches high.

- jbschutz


-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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#11 posted 10-20-2019 06:10 AM

This is true work of art and memory for lifetime!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 10-23-2019 12:25 PM

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-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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