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Project by sapwood posted 02-19-2014 08:04 PM 1689 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Runs great in recent snowfall. However, steering proved to be a bit of a problem. Body leaning didn’t provide the anticipated results. Pick a good line and hold on !!

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#1 posted 02-19-2014 08:18 PM

I’ve been on a runner sled before except it was made with a snowmobile skid. Pick a good line indeed. Those things zip. Looks nice.

-- Jeff_Williams

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 01:31 AM

Cool sled. I like the way it looks. You should enter it in the Olympics.

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

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#3 posted 02-20-2014 12:57 PM

Nice sled, great work this. Can’t steer, better add a bumper in the front. LOL

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 02-21-2014 02:20 AM

Very cool sapwood! I had thought of doing one with a couple of old snowboards but couldn’t work out the steering in my head. The woodworking and “engineering” of how you worked out the bracing looks good too.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 01:57 PM

Thanks for the comments. I guess I should have thought more about the engineering beforehand concerning the steering. Maybe 2 sets of short skis so that the back set would be mounted straight and devise a steering mechanism for the front. My 1st idea was to mount them onto an old peddle car frame which would have been really cool for the kids, however would have probably not included the woodworking component. Anyway, it’s been a lot of fun in the snow and runs really fast. Just need to be ready to bail out at any second.

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#6 posted 02-26-2014 02:51 PM

Cool ride! The woods look great and it’s a fun build for the kids and adults alike. Great job!

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#7 posted 02-26-2014 03:17 PM

There’s an idea. I’ve got my old skis sitting in the garage. Haven’t figured out what to do with them. I wonder if you cut the fronts off with a radius cut and then mount them flush with the back half but be able to pivot the front together to be able to steer. Thanks for the idea. My boys would love it. Not sure id be able to get them done before we are done with snow for the year, but maybe. Snow coming Sunday.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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