This Do-it-yourself projects category features a collection of DIY free woodworking plans to build all types of snow sleds from related web sites. The woodworkers construction information found on these sites range in quantity and quality.
In the other books previously mentioned the reader can find plans and descriptions of all sorts of bob-sleds, from one made with flour-barrel runners up to the latest and most improved racing bob-sled. But none of them seem so appropriate as does the following one, made of the rough material from the forest.
The Gummer is a hand sled built on the general plans of The Jumper, and it is called a gummer because it is somewhat similar to the ones used by the men known as gummers who live in the forests and make their living by collecting spruce gum for children and sales- ladies to chew.
If all this has been properly done, you now have made a sled which it will be almost impossible to break; and, with a rope to pull by, one boy can haul snowballs enough for a dozen companions. SNOWBALL WARFARE! :-)
In the New England States, where the snow is seldom soft and often is coated with a hard crust of ice, the runners of the native sleds, only a few inches in height, appear very low compared with the Ohio sled; even sleds with no runners at all are sometimes used. On steep, icy hills any old thing will slide, and here it is that the Skiboggan is seen in all its glory. In construction this cranky sled is simplicity itself.
The swiftest bob-sled ... . This fast bob-sled is neither so simple nor so crude as the rustic jumpers described some time ago, and it will test your skill to build it properly, but with all the plans and measurements before you the task should not be too difficult for even a boy who can handle tools.
Although a full-rigged, delicately balanced ice-yacht looks like a very complicated piece of mechanism, when it is carefully examined the framework will be found to consist of two pieces crossing each other at right angles.
This sled, familiar to all who visit Canada during the winter months, is more like a mammoth snowshoe than the ordinary sled, sleigh or jumper that we are accustomed to see. It is suitable for the deep snow and heavy drifts of the northern countries, where the runners of a common sleigh would be liable to break through the crust and bury themselves.
This is the type of sled used by the Eastern Arctic Eskimos of Canada. Runners are usually made of spruce, split out of logs or of planks bought from a local trading post. This is a rugged sled, easy to build and well suited for the Klondike Derby. Cross pieces are lashed to runners with 1/8th cotton cord. Eskimos prefer cord to rawhide because their dogs will not chew it.
If the idea of a sturdy homebuilt sled strikes your fancy (and it well might, considering the prices of today is brand name models), you may want to take a close look at the snow scooter that MOTHERs woodshop elves pieced together for the holiday season.
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