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Author Topic: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"  (Read 312314 times)

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #20 on: Jan 26, 2009, 08:43 AM »
how well do you think it would work behind a snowmobile?
Since nothing is bolted together, I wouldn't recommend it behind atv/snowmobile. However, it could be modified to anyones circumstances. Smitty




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #21 on: Jan 26, 2009, 08:50 AM »
smitty do they have anymore of them skis up there?  I would be willing to drive to get them to help with my sled set up then maybe hit the river while up that away.  lol
Bucky, I bought the skis at Bargain Bonanza in Clinton, IA, Thats a new thrift store runned by our local christian school here in Fulton. I think they are only open Thursday-Saturday. It is located at 1501 N. 2nd st. Clinton, IA, the former Fullerton Lumber building. When I bought mine last week, they had 3 more sets....1 adult pr. & 2 childrens prs. . I think the adult pair that was left was $10. Mine was marked $5. Maybe you could bargain some with them. Smitty




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #22 on: Jan 26, 2009, 09:14 AM »
Since nothing is bolted together, I wouldn't recommend it behind atv/snowmobile. However, it could be modified to anyones circumstances. Smitty

That could be solved by putting "T" nuts in the bottom of the holes before bolting the blocks onto the skis.A little box wrench would be all that you would have to carry to anchor the cross members so it wouldn't come apart in transit.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #23 on: Jan 26, 2009, 09:23 AM »
Since nothing is bolted together, I wouldn't recommend it behind atv/snowmobile. However, it could be modified to anyones circumstances. Smitty

That could be solved by putting "T" nuts in the bottom of the holes before bolting the blocks onto the skis.A little box wrench would be all that you would have to carry to anchor the cross members so it wouldn't come apart in transit.

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That would be a great idea, also, to get more height you could use 2 x 6, 2 x 8, and so on for the runners. I wanted to keep mine as small as possible so I could get it into my car and also keep it as light as possible too. Smitty




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #24 on: Jan 26, 2009, 12:10 PM »
Nice sled and a great idea… and another shining example of why a forum topic dedicated to ice sleds and ice sled modifications would be fantastic!

(still looking for that bandwagon).  ;D

How did you attach the ski’s to the wood Smitty… are they just screwing in through the bottom and puttied over?

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #25 on: Jan 26, 2009, 01:28 PM »
Nice sled and a great idea… and another shining example of why a forum topic dedicated to ice sleds and ice sled modifications would be fantastic!

(still looking for that bandwagon).  ;D

How did you attach the ski’s to the wood Smitty… are they just screwing in through the bottom and puttied over?

I just drilled 3 holes through the bottom of the skies for each block, attached w/3" wood screws countersunk, I did not putty them. Smitty




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #26 on: Jan 26, 2009, 02:03 PM »
Thats a cool sled thanks for sharing!!!!
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #27 on: Jan 26, 2009, 03:10 PM »
I just drilled 3 holes through the bottom of the skies for each block, attached w/3" wood screws countersunk, I did not putty them. Smitty

Thanks Smitty.

I recently came across a pair of old ski’s and I’m thinking of going that route for the Modzilla II construction scheduled for next fall.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #28 on: Jan 26, 2009, 10:20 PM »
May be me and tbirdbassr need to make a road trip your way then smitty and fish some backwaters along the way.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #29 on: Jan 27, 2009, 09:06 AM »
That would be great, alot of ice along the way to fish! Hope you get your skis and start building. Smitty




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #30 on: Jan 27, 2009, 09:38 AM »
great sled man!!!!!!!!!! thanks for the idea

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #31 on: Jan 27, 2009, 09:42 AM »
I have a very similar one that I made a couple of years ago.  Only difference is mine is a little longer with two plastic milk crates mounted at the back.   Much easier to pull in the snow and stops the bottom of the shanty from waring out when pulling in on the ice.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #32 on: Jan 27, 2009, 01:57 PM »
You just made my Viking Shanty (pretty similar to the Shappell) useful again!  I hated pulling that thing around but this sled is easy!  I have been hanging onto a pair of skis just for a design like his!  Thanks for sharing!
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #33 on: Jan 28, 2009, 09:35 AM »
Thanks for all the nice comments. I hope I can help with any other questions anyone might have. Smitty




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #34 on: Jan 28, 2009, 10:29 AM »
That would be great, alot of ice along the way to fish! Hope you get your skis and start building. Smitty

This is a great sled. I built one yesterday. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #35 on: Jan 29, 2009, 09:04 AM »
I'm glad I could inspire you willbe! Smitty




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #36 on: Jan 29, 2009, 07:20 PM »
Pulled my new shanty out yesterday morning in an inch of snow and back in about 8 inches...i am building one Saturday for my Sunday outing!
Goin' where the wind don't blow so strange,
Maybe off on some high cold mountain chain.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #37 on: Jan 30, 2009, 01:11 AM »
I guarantee you will like it alot! Smitty




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #38 on: Jan 30, 2009, 02:46 PM »
I like your design. How are the bolts that extend down from the two crossmembers attached to the wood? Do the bolts extend down through the wood and through the ski and have a nut on the bottom to secure it? Or is it friction fit? 

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #39 on: Jan 30, 2009, 05:02 PM »
OK....bought all the stuff this afternoon at Lowe's (along with a buddy heater at half off!). Total cost was $38 including tax and 4 tee nuts.

Two questions

I see your eyebolts are both on the side...any logic to one set on the sides and one set front and back?

How wide apart?

Thanks!
Goin' where the wind don't blow so strange,
Maybe off on some high cold mountain chain.

 

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