Not only is a hardwood sled great for exhilarating downhill rides, it's also handy for pulling grocery bags, firewood or tired youngsters through the snow. And this do-it-yourself version is handsome enough, you might even want to use it as a decoration.
This particular sled is made of birch and walnut, but a variety of other hardwoods work just as well. The project features a removable seat (as pictured), but it can easily be made without it, because the seat section is cut and assembled separately from the deck and runners. Brass hardware is used to eliminate the problem of rust.
Full-size patterns make this project especially simple to finish. First, trace the pieces onto wood and cut them out. Assemble the pieces using brass screws, washers and epoxy glue. Complete the sled by sanding, applying sealer and varnish, attaching a pull rope and waxing the runners. The finished sled measures 40 inches long by 15 inches wide.
The snowflake designs on the seat and runners can also be traced from the plan and then wood burned.
The Sled plan, No. 795, is $8.95 and includes full-size traceable patterns, complete step-by-step directions with 14 photos and a shopping list and cutting schedule. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $3.95. Prices include postage and handling. Please allow three to four weeks for delivery (for rush delivery, add $1 per item and allow seven to 10 days).
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