A BOBSLED For winter fun, also VIDEO

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Project by bushmaster posted 01-16-2020 03:07 AM 2224 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a busy December. Our 3 children and their families where coming to spend some time over the holidays. That meant major work for me to get the house cleaned, ready, and repair work. Things that should have been done a year ago. I also wanted to build a bobsled for a fun activity. as well as the quad and SBS. anyway here are some ideas I would like to pass along.
It started with this plank that had been out in the rain for years, spruce for lightness, a couple passes through the thickness planer it looked like new the rest was made from Jack Pine from my place, hard durable wood.

Ŧwo sled units where made, just eyeballing the curved front of the runners. a groove was cut into the bottom and a section a black water pipe was screwed on. ‘very easy to install and slides very well. The video at the end shows in detail how I did it. Beats trying it install steel runners, having to heat them for expansion and fastening the ends. The plastic pipe can be replaced in minutes.

To swivel the front runner I used aluminum plates on both sides of the seat and the runner. It secured a steel sleeve so the swivel pin would not wear out the wood. I used never seize compound for lubrication on the pin and swivel plates.

The rear runners where mounted on a hinge so they could ride of humps and hollows. If it was not able to swivel the runner would have to raise the end of the sled up and slow it down

Both runners, front and back where braced against side thrusts, a triangular block of wood glued and screw in would work too.

I put triagular pieces of wood on each side of the seat as an aid to keep one from sliding off, also a cross piece for the back persons foot to rest on, also a deflector bar to prevent someones foot and leg get caught by the rear runner.

A bumper of sorts and a towing attachment was put on the front, slide down tow up, 100%fun

It turned out quite well and performed equally as good. Was a hit with the family, the little ones rushed out and jumped on, the more the merrier.

I know most of you are living in warm and hot places and would have no need for something like this, snow has its pluses, lots of recreation activities. Sometimes it can be alittle too cold though, this week the temperature has dipped to minus 30 C. Needless to say I am inside the house and not in the shop. Next week will be up near freezing. Shop will warm out OK then, have a wood turning project to work on then.

Thanks for looking and wishing you all the BEST IN THE NEW YEAR Comments appreciated.

Link to a You Tube video

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 01-16-2020 04:22 AM

Looks like a fun project and fun to ride as well. Thanks for sharing. “Enjoying” the -30 in Calgary as well.

-- Calgary Bill

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#2 posted 01-16-2020 04:25 AM

Your grandkids have the greatest Grandpa! Your not just creating things in your workshop you’re creating memories that will last their lifetime!

-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#3 posted 01-16-2020 04:27 AM

I think that the smiles tell the story. A project that is fun for all.
Well done!
Just make sure to tell your daughter’s husband not to lie flat on the sled. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 01-16-2020 04:39 AM

Fun project for sure. Looks like the family put it to the test and it passed. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 01-16-2020 05:09 AM

Love the overall engineering…
I’m far from a sled connoisseur, surprised to see tubular runners… would have expected to see flat iron.

Vaguely remember sledding in Hungary back in 1955 outside the brewery, where my old man worked (and always wished he was back there)...

Built a sled many years ago here in Churchill when I moved from Melbourne (a humongous 30K latiitude South)... still rotting in the back yard waiting for snow to test it out… I fear that climate change may rob me of any such future pleasure!

Have you notice my deliberate use of the four lettered ”sled” word?... Did any of the grandkids change their name to Bob to get a legal permit?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 01-16-2020 07:00 AM

A great idea and a nice project which worked out well. Nice to build something but cold/long winters are becoming increasingly rare here in Holland, so I will not use your ideas :). . At the moment it is about 8-14 degree C


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#7 posted 01-16-2020 08:05 AM

This is one serious project!!...beyond regular kid’s slades!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 01-16-2020 08:52 AM

Great job Mate, love the design.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 01-16-2020 10:53 AM

That is great it would be good to have some snow but very rarely get any just so I can make one

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#10 posted 01-16-2020 12:40 PM

Brian, your genious and exceution just astound me. The brake system could be a necessity behind the 4 wheeler.
Great job and obvously enjoyed by all.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 01-16-2020 03:44 PM

Amazing, -30 has been the high for the day, mornings -40.
Wanted to build a little wood speedster sled for the Grangirls but Granma and their Ma frowned :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#12 posted 01-16-2020 05:29 PM

Destroyed many factory made toboggans over the years pulling behind quads and snowmobiles. You built this one quad proof. Great work.

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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#13 posted 01-16-2020 05:51 PM

Another great project. Iʻm coming over to test it. LOL Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#14 posted 01-16-2020 06:22 PM

Another great project. Iʻm coming over to test it. LOL Thanks for sharing.

- tyvekboy

My daughter took it home to her place, they have a steep driveway for 1/2 km, her husband went down laying down, of course then one cannot operate the brake then., wiped out and hit his head on the frozen bank, just about knocked himself out. Learn by trial and error, sometimes painful

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#15 posted 01-16-2020 08:07 PM

Everyone should have a Grandad like you, Brian. Will you be my Grandad? I don’t like snow. I generally view it as a thing to be avoided, but I dig the tune you’re whistling.

-- Mark

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