Toboggan from years past

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24 years ago, on a weekend away from my new career as an air traffic controller, I purchased an inexpensive Craftsman 10” contractors saw. I made a couple of finger boards out of scrap 2×4. I found a local lumberyard and bought some 8/4 ash. Using the saw and finger boards to hold the ash to the fence and table I ripped off 16 7/16” thick 10’ strips. Using a belt sander, I rounded the sides of each strip and removed the saw marks.

I capped off a 3’ section of old 4” PVC and filled it with hot water and fabric softener. Soaking the ash strips for about an hour, I bent them in a jig make of scrap 3/4” ply and 1” dowels tying each tip back to hold the curve while they dried. 12 survived.

The next day I stained a few and began assembling the toboggan with scraps of oak as cleats. Countersinking brass screw into the ash from underneath and securing each runner to the oak. Some brass eye screws and chain to hold the curve nose. 3 coats of poly. I sewed the cushion filling it with an old closed cell sleeping pad.

Over then next 10 years my kids and I wore out the ol’ toboggan sliding many miles in the snow. I think of this as my first real woodworking project but then recall cutting up an old waterbed with a handsaw to make a bookcase. Building a truck bed insert out of plywood and old carpet. Probably others. Somewhere along the way I stumbled into enough skills to make my kids happy with a toboggan. No, I’m not a woodworker, but I can glue together some scrap and occasionally have a good time.

-- -"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't-you're right." - Henry Ford

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#1 posted 12-12-2019 03:07 PM

Really like your toboggan!
This is on my “bucket list” :)

Thanks for sharing. Great story.

-- Pete

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#2 posted 12-12-2019 08:11 PM

wow great blast from the past,pretty cool project.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 12-13-2019 05:39 AM

It’s the right time of they year to remember making a toboggan. Sounds like making, and then using it was a journey for the entire family. Big $$$$$ just can’t buy stuff like that. Treasure that.

Merry Christmas.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 12-13-2019 06:10 AM

Fortunately, I snow—play no MORE!

Great looking tobaggan though! I know it would still be fun too!

Well I would, but to far away; and cold and I are no longer friends. Arthritis has caused that rift!

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

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#5 posted 12-14-2019 05:52 PM


The toboggan looks great. That’s not an easy undertaking. I think you’re selling yourself short. If you can make a toboggan, you can probably make just about anything! . . . and some good memories, too!


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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