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Title: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 25, 2009, 12:09 PM
Here's my new homemade sled for my suitcase shanty. I got tired of it being a snow plow instead of it riding on top of the snow. Now it is like pulling 5lbs behind me when I have probably 85lbs of gear on it. It puts together in 30 seconds and takes apart in 15 seconds. It glides so easy over the snow! Now I'm not afraid of walking a long distance to a hot spot if I have to. It can be built for $15-$20 depending how cheap you get your skis for and what other stuff you have on hand. My skis only cost me $5 at our local thrift store. This also comes apart really easy so you can fit in your car like I have to, NO TOOLS REQUIRED! I thought I should share this for anyone on a budget or for one to get into your car Like I have to. Smitty
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: d.e.a.f.g.u.y on Jan 25, 2009, 12:13 PM
is there suppose to be a pic? cuiz if so i dont see anything
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 25, 2009, 12:16 PM
is there suppose to be a pic? cuiz if so i dont see anything

I had to modify...sorry. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: nypike on Jan 25, 2009, 12:19 PM
what model shappell is that and how does it do in deep snow?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 25, 2009, 12:23 PM
It is a shappell S3000. I just have had  it out twice since building it Friday. By tying the rope to the ski tips I found it rides on top of the snow and doesn't sink much. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ChautauquaDawg on Jan 25, 2009, 12:46 PM
Thanks for posting the pics, I have the s2000 and I hate pulling it around.  I like the idea of putting the rope through the skis too.

Now where did I put those old skis?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: nypike on Jan 25, 2009, 01:00 PM
It is a shappell S3000. I just have had  it out twice since building it Friday. By tying the rope to the ski tips I found it rides on top of the snow and doesn't sink much. Smitty
i have the shappell 4000 and it has the ski's on it but when you pull it with a machine the skis get mangled. I am looking to build something to put it on to tow it with a machine.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Lone Fisher on Jan 25, 2009, 01:39 PM
isee you drill your 2 holes pretty close? why is thaT?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: 585perchfinder on Jan 25, 2009, 01:51 PM
i thinks its a two person fold out or he uses a underwater camera
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Kevin23 on Jan 25, 2009, 01:54 PM
i thinks its a two person fold out or he uses a underwater camera

The shappell 2 man forces you to drill the holes that close together. I belive you have 14" to drill 2 holes in.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 25, 2009, 02:07 PM
Correct. : :)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Lobes on Jan 25, 2009, 02:38 PM
I drill my holes similar for my DX3000. Fish out of one side and flip up the other cover to put the fish on (when I'm alone). If I fish water over 10' deep I make then a little further apart if I drop the camera to reduce tangles with fish on the camera cable. Then the tripod goes outside.

                                           :tipup:
NBG
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: nypike on Jan 25, 2009, 03:07 PM
put the rope through a piece of 1"pvc tubing to keep it rigid.
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done that before, it helps but still like to sway side to side alot,which at times pulls the brackets that are connected to the skis out of there holes. I was thinking of puttin a jet sled hitch on it. I think the skis that are on there are made for hand pulling.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: stripers77 on Jan 25, 2009, 04:20 PM
That's a sweet sled ;D. sure beats my sled.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ArticusMedicus on Jan 25, 2009, 05:43 PM
I'll be building one as soon as I get the skis....thanks man. :bow: :clap:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: winchester 88 on Jan 25, 2009, 06:38 PM
 The bolts on the ends of the 2x4's look like they bolt into holes in the slots in the 2x6's.
 What do they screw into?
 Luv your injun-uity....
Winchester 88
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: brokenline on Jan 25, 2009, 07:24 PM
how well do you think it would work behind a snowmobile?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: SLABSLAMMER on Jan 25, 2009, 07:56 PM
SWEET !!!!!!!!!! Just happen to have a pair of old crosscountry skis !!!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bigbucky1 on Jan 25, 2009, 08:37 PM
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
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 26, 2009, 08:40 AM
The bolts on the ends of the 2x4's look like they bolt into holes in the slots in the 2x6's.
 What do they screw into?
 Luv your injun-uity....
Winchester 88
The bolts act like pins down into the 2 x 4's, nothing is bolted together, that's why setup/takedown is so easy without tools.   

                                                                                                                   Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 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
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 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
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: winchester 88 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.

Winchester 88
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 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.

Winchester 88
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
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Dizzy 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?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 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
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: tundraboy on Jan 26, 2009, 02:03 PM
Thats a cool sled thanks for sharing!!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Dizzy 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.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bigbucky1 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.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 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
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: trapper2000 on Jan 27, 2009, 09:38 AM
great sled man!!!!!!!!!! thanks for the idea
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: BlueDuck 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.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Hando 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!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 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
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: willbe66 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.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 29, 2009, 09:04 AM
I'm glad I could inspire you willbe! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ship of fools 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!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 30, 2009, 01:11 AM
I guarantee you will like it alot! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Grumpyoldman 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? 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ship of fools 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!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 30, 2009, 09:43 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!
I use a bungee cord on front and back of the sled to keep everything in place while towing(see pic on 1st page), the eye bolts are probably 3ft apart. I think my bungee cords are 3ft long and work perfectly over all my gear.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Hando on Jan 30, 2009, 09:52 PM
Well Smitty, I feel better now that I re-read your post as I finished a copy of your sled tonight and I timed myself because I had it in my head that I could do it in 15 minutes...but now I realized it was a $15 sled!  Still it only took me 1 hour 45 minutes to build the whole thing and that is without a fancy wood shop and only using power hand tools.  Lucky for me I had everything on hand so basically it was easy to complete.  I am taking her for a trial run tomorrow morning and will try and take a few pictures with everyting loaded up. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 31, 2009, 08:17 AM
I hope it works out great for you. I know it will be alot better to pull you stuff. Yesterday we put 2 shantys on mine and the rest of our stuff for 4 guys and walked 2 miles out to where we had to fish and had no problems with it. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 31, 2009, 08:28 AM
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? 
The bolts act like pins down into the 2 x 4's, nothing is bolted together, that's why setup/takedown is so easy without tools. Yes it is a friction fit. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ship of fools on Jan 31, 2009, 05:28 PM
Just finished it.......looks like it will work perfect.

For anyone who is or used to be a skier........I used a pair of Volkl P9 skis which used to be top of the line prior to the shaped skis.....i bought em used for $150 years ago and never used them once....not sure if it kills me to use them for this or if i am happy i finally used them at all!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: TrekJeff on Jan 31, 2009, 05:33 PM
Very Cool.  That can even be done for my H2O sled.  I'll have to remember to put those old XC skis on the list for when I head up to the cabin to pick up my fish finder.  Going to make it portable for fishing hardwater ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Hando on Jan 31, 2009, 09:17 PM
I hope it works out great for you. I know it will be alot better to pull you stuff. Yesterday we put 2 shantys on mine and the rest of our stuff for 4 guys and walked 2 miles out to where we had to fish and had no problems with it. Smitty

Well today I put one shanty and one 5 yr. old on my new sled! :laugh:  Things worked out great and as long as you have bungees you can pack whatever you want!  Thanks again for the idea Smitty!

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 01, 2009, 05:31 AM
Hando, it looks great, I hope you had fun on the ice, I know your 5 yr. old did with her free ride. As far as bungees go...I have 2 pretty heavy duty bungees that are about 3ft in length and stretch over everything nicely front and back to the eye bolts. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: trapper2000 on Feb 01, 2009, 05:39 AM
i think everyone loves this project!!!! excellent job and thanks for sharing it!
                                                                                          trap
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: river_scum on Feb 01, 2009, 08:56 AM
very nice!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Hando on Feb 01, 2009, 09:11 AM
Hando, it looks great, I hope you had fun on the ice, I know your 5 yr. old did with her free ride. As far as bungees go...I have 2 pretty heavy duty bungees that are about 3ft in length and stretch over everything nicely front and back to the eye bolts. Smitty

Yes Smitty I have the two big bungee cords holding the shanty down which is the key to providing that stable base.  After that I just bungee'd everything else on top of it...including the Barbie Princess chair for the little one up front!  She thought that was the coolest!  I also drag her out on my Genz Trap but she sits backwards and on this trip she was riding in style!  One little piece I added if you can pick it out in the back was a metal milk crate.  That was great for all the nick-knacks you can't bungee down directly (scoop, tackle box, bucket seat, rod holders, etc...).
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: TrekJeff on Feb 01, 2009, 10:01 AM
WOW, I havn't seen a pick up bed pack with that much stuff on opening weekend of deer season..Very nice!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ship of fools on Feb 02, 2009, 07:04 AM
Broke mine in yesterday with a 2 mile (at least) tow behind an ATV out to laker country on lake george........it handled all of the ruts, slush etc and performed like a champ.

Led me to my first laker on a jig rod....nice fat 26" fish along with 4 on the tipups and another one jigging......thanks!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 02, 2009, 12:02 PM
Broke mine in yesterday with a 2 mile (at least) tow behind an ATV out to laker country on lake george........it handled all of the ruts, slush etc and performed like a champ.

Led me to my first laker on a jig rod....nice fat 26" fish along with 4 on the tipups and another one jigging......thanks!!
I knew this sled would help you out, however, I can't gaurantee it will help you catch fish. Glad I could help you. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: maineduckhunter on Feb 02, 2009, 12:30 PM
That's sweet.....way to recycle those old straight skiis...... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mullen2525 on Feb 02, 2009, 03:44 PM
our version....pulls like a dream


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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: willbe66 on Feb 03, 2009, 07:48 AM
I'm glad I could inspire you willbe! Smitty


 Used my new sled on lake yesterday in 6 to 8 inches of snow. worked great.
Thanks again.
Mel
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ship of fools on Feb 03, 2009, 09:28 AM

 Used my new sled on lake yesterday in 6 to 8 inches of snow. worked great.
Thanks again.
Mel


Small world Mel......i live in Albany but hunt down your way in Dalton / Nunda.......on Wood Road.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 03, 2009, 11:52 AM

 Used my new sled on lake yesterday in 6 to 8 inches of snow. worked great.
Thanks again.
Mel
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Willbe, I'm glad you like it. It suprising that this thing works so good deep snow or not. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: northwestslayer on Feb 03, 2009, 02:16 PM
I'm jealous. I have the ski's but haven't gotten around to building it yet..Nice work
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 04, 2009, 10:14 AM
Slayer, it just takes 1-2 hours to make. You will be done in no time and making life alot easier pulling your gear on the snow/ice. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 07, 2009, 05:26 PM
Well....with this 50 degree weather in NW Illinois today, my sled pasted the slush and water test today. We also killed the bluegill this afternoon and also a 13" Largemouth! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: TrekJeff on Feb 07, 2009, 11:09 PM
After this thaw I may use water skis! >:(
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MT Hank on Feb 13, 2009, 11:37 AM
Thanks for the sled idea smitty. I built one to carry my 2 man Frabil and all the crap (too much) and it worked great. I made it so I could pull it with my 4 wheeler, I made mods so the cross bars bolted down, as I said worked great BUT it became to much work to assemble at the lake, in a hurry to get fishin. Soooo I have to think about "more" mods to make assembly not as time consuming. Did not take any pics... Sorry! After mods I'll get some pic's.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Grush on Feb 15, 2009, 11:25 AM
Thanks for the great idea OP!

I took what you did and with some PVC made a top carrier for it that works perfectly with the grooves in the shanty.

Here are some pics.

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Thanks again for the great idea!

Grush.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 15, 2009, 06:20 PM
Looks great Grush! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: tenbears on Feb 16, 2009, 07:32 PM
Here's my new homemade sled for my suitcase shanty. I got tired of it being a snow plow instead of it riding on top of the snow. Now it is like pulling 5lbs behind me when I have probably 85lbs of gear on it. It puts together in 30 seconds and takes apart in 15 seconds. It glides so easy over the snow! Now I,m not afraid of walking a long distance to a hot spot if I have to. It can be built for $15-$20 depending how cheap you get your skis for and what other stuff you have on hand. My skis only cost me $5 at our local thrift store. This also comes apart really easy so you can fit in your car like I have to, NO TOOLS REQUIRED! I thought I should share this for anyone on a budget or for one to get into your car Like I have to. Smitty
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 ;D Just wanted to let you know that your sled idea looks real neat.  I may try to build one in the future.  thanks for the idea. ;D ;DTENBEARS

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: zooplankton on Feb 16, 2009, 08:34 PM
Zoo's "Ice Rocket", thanks "Smitty" it works & pull's (by hand) like a dream with over
100 lbs. on it!


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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: zooplankton on Feb 16, 2009, 08:36 PM
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: zooplankton on Feb 16, 2009, 08:37 PM
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 17, 2009, 10:11 AM
Very nice Zoo! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MnSportsman on Feb 18, 2009, 08:08 AM
These look Great!
:D
I would suggest that, for those who build these sleds...The higher you go with the blocks on the skis you 'll probably end up needing some sort of diagonal bracing, to keep the load from tipping sideways(or longer vertical bolts to keep it from shearing over.). Particularly if you are going to use a snowmobile or atv to haul it. Or if you are going over rough terrain/snowdrifts/heaves/etc..

Great idea & great topic!
Thanks!
Love the ingenuity!
;)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 18, 2009, 10:37 AM
Very good tip sportsman. I too thought it could get top heavy if you go too high. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Camp Bassfish on Feb 18, 2009, 10:51 AM
Very sharp sleds !!

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MT Hank on Feb 18, 2009, 02:22 PM
Thanks for the sled idea smitty. I built one to carry my 2 man Frabil and all the crap (too much) and it worked great. I made it so I could pull it with my 4 wheeler, I made mods so the cross bars bolted down, as I said worked great BUT it became to much work to assemble at the lake, in a hurry to get fishin. Soooo I have to think about "more" mods to make assembly not as time consuming. Did not take any pics... Sorry! After mods I'll get some pic's.


A guy at work like it so much and has a bigger/heaver ice shack than I do so I gave him my seld. Now I am building another one ASAP!! Off to HD in a few min. to get what I need, I have the ski's already. I'll take pictures of this one.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: FishME on Feb 18, 2009, 04:56 PM
Nice sled!!!  There's been a few times I've wished I had something like that!!! :o
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 19, 2009, 10:49 AM
A guy at work like it so much and has a bigger/heaver ice shack than I do so I gave him my seld. Now I am building another one ASAP!! Off to HD in a few min. to get what I need, I have the ski's already. I'll take pictures of this one.
You could have just gave him the idea....but no, you gave him your sled! Very nice man Hank! Way to go! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Irrgang131 on Feb 21, 2009, 04:21 PM
I wave a sorta simialr deal but its built up off the ground and has a shelf with bucket holes in it and 2 y's for the agar keeps everything from falling off in rough conditions. nothing worse than  spillin the minnows.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: silvercreeker on Feb 21, 2009, 05:53 PM
Finished mine for my Clam 5600.  Used some ballet skis, they are about an inch wider than normal.  Pulls like a dream.  Used the PVC to make the rack for the top...very easy build.  Now for the primer and paint.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: tenbears on Feb 26, 2009, 08:53 AM
 ;D Hello Smitty,  I like the set up for the neat sled.  How are the skies attached to the wood frame on top of them?  And are you using a wrench to attach the cross support boards?  Your info appreciated.  TENBEARS
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: dabluz on Feb 26, 2009, 09:35 AM
The skis are screwed into the wooden blocks.  Heads are countersunk.  The cross members are just pushed snuggly into the slots.  The weight of the stuff on top of the cross members keeps the sled together.

This way, the sled can be taken apart to fit in a small space in the vehicle.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Jigmeister on Feb 26, 2009, 10:41 AM
Neat!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 27, 2009, 02:54 PM
The skis are screwed into the wooden blocks.  Heads are countersunk.  The cross members are just pushed snuggly into the slots.  The weight of the stuff on top of the cross members keeps the sled together.

This way, the sled can be taken apart to fit in a small space in the vehicle.
Nicely explained. Smitty :)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bart on Feb 27, 2009, 03:06 PM
Nice sleds!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Iceline on Feb 27, 2009, 07:19 PM

Here is mine. The frame is built with metal studs. Very light.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi138.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fq279%2FIcelline%2F12-12-07029.jpg&hash=5ca1e43a2ea054a3c9cde69f46e83953)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi138.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fq279%2FIcelline%2F12-12-07033.jpg&hash=fa8fc899076698f5d4713ab11d2839cd)

Built a storage area for my poles and tackle out of 1/4' inlay, again to keep it light.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi138.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fq279%2FIcelline%2FHPIM0464.jpg&hash=d2c54bf93f3061b7ecb33d7884c676d6)

Poles snap right down, tackle stays in place and the cover stays up on its own.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi138.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fq279%2FIcelline%2FHPIM0465.jpg&hash=cda6652397c2a95d3d336c6d1bbf9348)

A little working area on the back to set what ever you may have keeping it off the ice and snow.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi138.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fq279%2FIcelline%2FHPIM0467.jpg&hash=45afe8cf2413c0a8cbb8ee8c6dbfc8e6)

DX 3000 sets right on top of the sled. I put my buckets and power augur on top.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi138.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fq279%2FIcelline%2F12-12-07027.jpg&hash=1af424faefd190e5683ff600ab2146c8)

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 28, 2009, 09:34 AM
Awsome sled iceline! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Hando on Mar 01, 2009, 09:36 AM
Had the sled working again yesterday....

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.myfishingpictures.com%2Fdata%2F500%2Fmedium%2FGraceIce1.jpg&hash=5800b74f273c915ad94ff0848e18a372)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: silvercreeker on Mar 01, 2009, 03:53 PM
Here is a picture of mine...working great!(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F&hash=1fc334ce66ece7f0d6030dc658153aed)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Mar 10, 2009, 11:04 AM
Well, with all the warm/wet weather around here in northern IL, the ice fishing season is over for me. The sled is taking up very little space in my garage. I want to add some eye bolts or something to my shanty so I can add ice anchors for those windy days, that will be my off season project. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Lone Fisher on Mar 10, 2009, 08:43 PM
Hando, your lucky you only have that much snow.. its hard pulling anything through all the snow we get up here in MN.  :(
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Hando on Mar 11, 2009, 08:13 AM
Hando, your lucky you only have that much snow.. its hard pulling anything through all the snow we get up here in MN.  :(

Think again!  We got 120 inches of snow where that picture was taken!  I always used my Genz Trap but this is the first year I started dragging out my Viking again because of the new sled.  Previously it was too much work but the skis on this sled and with the shelter sitting on top of 2 x 6's it actually cuts through snow pretty easily.  The biggest snow I went through this year was 8" and again it was a fairly easy pull (I did have to have my daughter hop off her chair when we hit some deeper drifts  :D ).  The simple design suited me well this year! 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: whipplebuck on Mar 12, 2009, 07:44 AM
neat
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: iceprowler on Oct 21, 2009, 05:29 PM
here are the pics i told you about smitty

and the paint was extra paint from my sons room and its latex paint so it is water proof now

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi64.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fh185%2FInsane32%2Fnewsled.jpg&hash=aa14bae3bd2cfa778fa558a2b75b051e)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi64.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fh185%2FInsane32%2Fnewsled2.jpg&hash=54b05044810e5c80e3e3d23b4d003331)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi64.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fh185%2FInsane32%2Fnewsled3.jpg&hash=a91c8d7aa09b4c6d97b310cd537ff638)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi64.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fh185%2FInsane32%2Fnewsled4.jpg&hash=70eebcf5fb63ac08632e1e61f33dc5dd)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Oct 23, 2009, 11:47 AM
Looks very nice prowler, guarantee you will love it. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinpo1e1 on Dec 29, 2009, 01:49 PM
Thanks for all the nice comments. I hope I can help with any other questions anyone might have. Smitty

Smitty, I have saved your posts from last season and finally found a set of cross country skis to attempt to build a sled for my Shappel DX3000 shanty. But in rereading the posts that I saved there were no dimensions of the lumber( I presumed 2x6 and 2x4 ) and of the sizes of the parts. I also would use the skis for hauling my cheap plastic toboggan sled that holds 4 or 5, 5 gallon buckets when I don't need the shanty.
Also, by now there are many of you technologically advanced cobblers that have made their sled/ski designs over several times. How about showing off your skills and sharing the details of your endeavors.

In addition may I ask why you didn't make the width as wide as the shanty?
I'd like to see this subject explored further as it fits the needs of many who don't use vehicles to pull their tackle out onto the ice.

Finally( for now ) thanks for sharing your original designs. They are ingenious, simple and get right to the point. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: dsp2 on Dec 29, 2009, 03:03 PM
I too went with the (Smittysled) design, I did not go as wide as the DX3000 width because I felt it was more awkward when trying to pull. I did start out wide but came in about 6-8" seems more comfortable to me pulling. I added some stops on top that the shanty ribs fit over to keep it from shifting on the crossbars. I am going to take it out for it's maiden voyage Thursday to a local pond.


Smitty, I have saved your posts from last season and finally found a set of cross country skis to attempt to build a sled for my Shappel DX3000 shanty. But in rereading the posts that I saved there were no dimensions of the lumber( I presumed 2x6 and 2x4 ) and of the sizes of the parts. I also would use the skis for hauling my cheap plastic toboggan sled that holds 4 or 5, 5 gallon buckets when I don't need the shanty.
Also, by now there are many of you technologically advanced cobblers that have made their sled/ski designs over several times. How about showing off your skills and sharing the details of your endeavors.

In addition may I ask why you didn't make the width as wide as the shanty?
I'd like to see this subject explored further as it fits the needs of many who don't use vehicles to pull their tackle out onto the ice.

Finally( for now ) thanks for sharing your original designs. They are ingenious, simple and get right to the point. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinpo1e1 on Dec 29, 2009, 07:02 PM
I too went with the (Smittysled) design, I did not go as wide as the DX3000 width because I felt it was more awkward when trying to pull. I did start out wide but came in about 6-8" seems more comfortable to me pulling. I added some stops on top that the shanty ribs fit over to keep it from shifting on the crossbars. I am going to take it out for it's maiden voyage Thursday to a local pond.



I just measured up the skis and they are about 80 1/2 inches long. About 70 inches are flat with about a 10 inches allowed for the front curve.
I measured the outside groove in the bottom of the Shappell 3000 and they are a bit wider than the edge of a 2x4 and about 32 inches between the outside edges of the outside grooves.
Since I may want to use the hauler for a toboggan size set up when I don't use it for the ice shanty I may add a third set of risers to support the longer length. How long are your risers? And would it be advisable to use a light but strong wood throughout? What could that wood be? I picked up a short peice of treated lumber and thats too heavy.
Any suggestions?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: dsp2 on Dec 29, 2009, 09:21 PM
I made mine 9" long, and they are just select 2x4's from lowes. kiln dried and pretty light. I just predrilled my holes a bit smaller than the screws so I would not split them. it seems pretty stable and when the gear is strapped down with a couple of rachet straps things are pretty tight all around. I cut 18" pieces on a 45 to slope them in front like Smitty's. there is a pic of it somewhere in this thread:)


I just measured up the skis and they are about 80 1/2 inches long. About 70 inches are flat with about a 10 inches allowed for the front curve.
I measured the outside groove in the bottom of the Shappell 3000 and they are a bit wider than the edge of a 2x4 and about 32 inches between the outside edges of the outside grooves.
Since I may want to use the hauler for a toboggan size set up when I don't use it for the ice shanty I may add a third set of risers to support the longer length. How long are your risers? And would it be advisable to use a light but strong wood throughout? What could that wood be? I picked up a short peice of treated lumber and thats too heavy.
Any suggestions?

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Fire~n~Ice on Dec 30, 2009, 07:40 AM
This is great to see guys! For years I have been told by people they love my sled - I haven't seen any others like it - until now! (https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.myfishingpictures.com%2Fdata%2F500%2Fthumbs%2F8994sled.JPG&hash=8ff34a5ff304c8eb8c1be8c331df45bd)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.myfishingpictures.com%2Fdata%2F500%2Fthumbs%2F8994sledfront.JPG&hash=78a5d10b618da71bc3315ceadc4f7e87) I Love this thing! Tight Lines to All - Be Safe and Stay on Top
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: geothefisher on Dec 30, 2009, 09:36 AM
We just used our new "SmittySled" yesterday.  Pulls like a dream, even with our overweight "Cabelas" suitcase shanty.  As soon as I take some pics, I will post them.  I didn't think about it yesterday, just too excited to be on the ice!  (First time out this season!) 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bobbyfish64 on Dec 30, 2009, 10:15 AM
very nice thanks for the great idea!needed and extra sled! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: abbatoys on Jan 20, 2010, 03:48 PM
In making a sled for use behind an atv also, would it be best to make it wide enough to follow in the tire tracks or less width to travel on the inside of the tire tracks (if that makes sense)....Thanks, Scott
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 12, 2010, 09:21 AM
Any more sleds this year?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: abbatoys on Dec 12, 2010, 10:33 AM
Smitty, I made your standard sled and I don't think there is an improvement I could make to it...Absolutely great idea...Thanks, Scott
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: acrawfor on Dec 12, 2010, 11:19 AM
Yep I made one too. I used 2x6's instead of 2x4's though to give it a little more lift. We get a lot of snow up this way. Took it out yesterday and it worked great  ;D. Thanks for the design.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IceinKzoo on Dec 12, 2010, 04:11 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1224.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee380%2Fmarkwilks%2FPC120036.jpg&hash=15f4be9af3f1d2a11c820a81a7f781e9)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1224.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee380%2Fmarkwilks%2FPC120035.jpg&hash=a582c5ffcdf18a3d501adc2bb26b8230)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1224.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee380%2Fmarkwilks%2FPC120037.jpg&hash=95514c148b9ecf1f61413858c9a03f16)

I made one to help me pull my two man Clam Yukon on the ice.  I didn't buy the runner kit and will be hand pulling so thought the ski's will help with the heavier shanty.  Can't wait to try it out.

I still have to put the eye bolts in for my bungie cords but other than that she's all done.

Thanks Smitty for all the help!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 12, 2010, 06:00 PM
(http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee380/markwilks/PC120036.jpg)
(http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee380/markwilks/PC120035.jpg)
(http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee380/markwilks/PC120037.jpg)

I made one to help me pull my two man Clam Yukon on the ice.  I didn't buy the runner kit and will be hand pulling so thought the ski's will help with the heavier shanty.  Can't wait to try it out.

I still have to put the eye bolts in for my bungie cords but other than that she's all done.

Thanks Smitty for all the help!!!
Your welcome. You will love it. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Lobes on Dec 12, 2010, 07:01 PM
Smitty you are the man! You came up with a great idea that is totally simple. I see a lot of other folks jumped on this one. I FINALLY got my hands on a cheap pair of skiis so I'll be pulling the legendary Smitty Sled soon too.
Thanks for your ingenuity!

                                                      :tipup:
NBG
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: servocam on Dec 12, 2010, 07:16 PM
I think I need to make a "Smitty Sled" as well.  I now have too much gear for my small Otter sled and don't have a vehicle to fit anything larger in.  Problem I have now is that I have to carry my bait and cooler and beacuse I am stacking gear on top of the small sled, so it gets top heavy and a snomobile or ATV track caused it to tip over.

I could make a nice wide sled here.  Time to hit the thrift store!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Lobes on Dec 26, 2010, 08:49 AM
Just built mine yesterday. What a simple project! The carriage bolts going through the crossmembers are pretty tight. I'll use the hammer to put them together and take them apart the first few times but this thing is perfect!

                                          :tipup:
NBG
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: shawnbialobrzeski on Dec 26, 2010, 09:40 AM
nice sled
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 26, 2010, 10:05 AM
I should have a patent for this...LOL...keep em' coming...I love the satisfaction that everyone gets when they build the sled and makes their life so much easier...remember...sm arter not harder. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Ack on Dec 29, 2010, 09:39 PM
Smitty, I have to thank you. I made the sled last night and used it today and it worked perfectly. It is so simple yet works great. Thanks again for a good idea.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: RANGER26 on Dec 29, 2010, 09:51 PM
 LOOKS GOOD.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: strike1st on Dec 29, 2010, 11:21 PM
Wish I would have seen this before I bought my jet sled xl 3 days ago!  :-\
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 30, 2010, 05:03 AM
Wish I would have seen this before I bought my jet sled xl 3 days ago!  :-\
Take the jet sled back, and start building, you will be glad you did. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: slednut on Dec 30, 2010, 08:08 PM
I had to modify...sorry. Smitty
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Lobes on Dec 30, 2010, 08:10 PM
I used deck screws from the bottom. Solid as Sears!

                          :tipup:
NBG
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: slednut on Dec 30, 2010, 08:49 PM
I know what I'll be doing tomorrow for sure!!

Thanks, Smitty!!

I'll post a few pics when I'm done!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IceinKzoo on Dec 30, 2010, 09:33 PM
Sled works awesome.  I did make sure to open up the holes for the bolts with a larger drill bit so my bolts would countersink and be level with the 2x4's and did the same for the screws under the ski's.  Skis make pulling my Yukon a lot easier.  
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Dec 30, 2010, 09:40 PM
Smitty, Thank you for the idea... Made mine last weekend.. works great !!   :tipup: :tipup:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 31, 2010, 06:55 AM
Smitty, Thank you for the idea... Made mine last weekend.. works great !!   :tipup: :tipup:
Your Welcome. Told you it would make your life a lot easier, way to go! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: oletimer on Dec 31, 2010, 07:18 AM
You really should have patented the idea.
Your a good man to share your idea with the masses.
I'm thinking of a modification to it as a knock down complete sled.
Since a lot of people are moving to smaller vehicles with the cost of gas.
Will be working on it next week. I'll post some pics.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Dec 31, 2010, 07:52 AM
What keeps your shelters from falling off of your home-made sleds? I fish a lake that you have to climb a hill to get back to your vehicle and I think my shelter would slide off of the sled.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 31, 2010, 07:58 AM
What keeps your shelters from falling off of your home-made sleds? I fish a lake that you have to climb a hill to get back to your vehicle and I think my shelter would slide off of the sled.
Check the pics on 1st page, I have 2 rather long bungee cords I put across and hook to the "I" bolts on side of sled. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: DR.SPECKLER on Dec 31, 2010, 09:00 AM
i built the smitty sled last year for my clam 2000 .pulling just the clam thru deep snow felt like draggin bricks now the thing catches up with me if i slow down a bit with the smitty sled.great cheap design
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 31, 2010, 10:58 AM
Just what the doctor ordered/wanted/needed. I'm glad you are happy. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Lobes on Dec 31, 2010, 01:03 PM
I think this will go down as one of the best inventions to ever hit the shanty! Just seeing one of these on the ice will be saying "I'm an Iceshanty.com member".

                                        :tipup:
NBG
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: slednut on Dec 31, 2010, 07:29 PM
Hey guys!!

If your having trouble finding ski's, call a local ski shop. I did that today and the owner is giving me all I want!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 01, 2011, 08:01 AM
I think this will go down as one of the best inventions to ever hit the shanty! Just seeing one of these on the ice will be saying "I'm an Iceshanty.com member".

                                        :tipup:
NBG
I don't think so......you have been here longer than me though. Everybody's ideas should be treated equally. If it is one of the best....so be it, but I'm here to look for ideas too and share if it can help somebody here. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: newjigger on Jan 07, 2011, 03:54 PM
I spent more time thinking about a design than building yours.  The time saved in thinking, building, and pulling  warrents a huge thanks. Im a new shanty guy and I can say that this community has helped me more than anyother web fishing source. Thanks a bunch.  Sidenote: having trouble sealing the deal on my walleyes. No problem bringing them in and getting a chase but then nuttin. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: South33 on Jan 07, 2011, 03:56 PM
So basic you can't help but love it! Pretty much awesome. :clap:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ICE REBEL on Jan 07, 2011, 06:03 PM
Love the sled. I have a shappell DX 3000 and like everyone else it's a pain pulling it in the snow.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ICE REBEL on Jan 07, 2011, 10:19 PM
Well it's just about done. I still have to add a few things to it. It will be done tomorrow and i should have some pics up of it by Sunday. Thanks Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 08, 2011, 06:23 AM
Well it's just about done. I still have to add a few things to it. It will be done tomorrow and i should have some pics up of it by Sunday. Thanks Smitty
Can't wait to see it! You will love it! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: newjigger on Jan 09, 2011, 08:02 AM
Well I built mine on Fri and tested it out in my yard and realized that I needed to make some adjustments.  The great thing about Smittys design is if you build big its real easy to modify.  My Nanook is 36 in from gunnel to gunnel but the bottom is 29 in.. This created a problem because if the shanty moved forward or back then it would slide between the skies.  Easy fix cut the 2x4s. The one thing that worked great was the belt sand paper I added to the 2x4s worked awsome. Get the none paper backed stuff. And someone mentioned that the turning radious is much better if the the skies are closer......so true. I noticed it seems to strap tighter too.  Hope this helps save some time for someone.
tight lines   :icefish:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Kinkyline on Jan 09, 2011, 09:31 AM
   Nice job...sometimes simple is better.Think I'll build one. I have a slick rod holder that I built and will post it as soon as I can. Thanks smitty.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 09, 2011, 11:50 AM
   Nice job...sometimes simple is better.Think I'll build one. I have a slick rod holder that I built and will post it as soon as I can. Thanks smitty.
You are welcome kinky, can't wait to see your sled, just a quick note....don't forget the long tow rope is very important! I would like to see your rod holder too! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Bear32 on Jan 09, 2011, 12:08 PM
  Sweet, problem solved! :P
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ICE REBEL on Jan 09, 2011, 12:16 PM
Used mine yesterday and it worked out great. I think i'm going to try to make something off the back for my buckets to sit in. I was thinking PVC pipe. When the sled is complete i will have some pics up.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: muskiemeat on Jan 09, 2011, 02:18 PM
I just had to build one  Here it is, plexiglass bottom  bad a**!!!


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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 09, 2011, 04:57 PM
I just had to build one  Here it is, plexiglass bottom  bad a**!!!


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Great job muskie....hope you really enjoy the sport alot more now that you don't have to waste time and energy getting your equipment to your favorite fishing spot. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: muskiemeat on Jan 09, 2011, 06:15 PM
thanks for the inspiration


field testing tomorrow lol
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jon johnson on Jan 11, 2011, 08:06 AM
Are there advantages to either wider or narrower skis?  Great fun to see the sleds.  Nice work Smitty!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Jan 11, 2011, 09:03 PM
all sleds here look great. silly question though.....do you guys attatch the 2x4 to the skis from the top or from the bottom? if from the bottom, what kid of screws are you using? flat head wood screw and counter sink?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: dsp2 on Jan 11, 2011, 09:36 PM
I used a deck screw and drove them in below the ski so they would not drag.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Jan 13, 2011, 09:40 PM
do you mean up though the ski and into the wood or through the wood into the ski?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 14, 2011, 06:39 AM
do you mean up though the ski and into the wood or through the wood into the ski?
Yes
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Jan 14, 2011, 03:26 PM
do you mean up though the ski and into the wood or through the wood into the ski?
Up through the ski..into the wood..
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 14, 2011, 04:19 PM
Up through the ski..into the wood..
Sorry, I didn't read it right, yes, beaver you are right....through the ski and into 2x4. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: shwung79 on Jan 14, 2011, 07:10 PM
I bet smithy wishes he didn't start this post.......but.... what is the length of these skis you are using?? ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: St.Croix on Jan 15, 2011, 07:23 AM
That is a sweet sled. I'm going to make one as soon as I can find an old pair of skis. Thanks for posting!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Lobes on Jan 15, 2011, 10:04 AM
I am impressed! New Skiis - DIRT CHEAP!
http://www.twincitysurplus.com/catalog.fx?view=1&pid=1473&cart_id=9526750.3216 (http://www.twincitysurplus.com/catalog.fx?view=1&pid=1473&cart_id=9526750.3216)

NBG
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 15, 2011, 11:01 AM
I bet smithy wishes he didn't start this post.......but.... what is the length of these skis you are using?? ;D
I'm glad I did start this post! Over 15,000 views! Down hill skis, I cut 6" off mine so they would fit in my car, now I wouldn't have to do it since I have a suv that would fit the full length skis. Keep em' coming! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Jan 15, 2011, 03:14 PM
i would be hauling about 75 pounds in my sled. will 4" clearance work in 9" of snow? we currenly have 2-3" od slush under the snow. tough enough to walk thru without dragging sled
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: shwung79 on Jan 15, 2011, 05:32 PM
I'm glad I did start this post! Over 15,000 views! Down hill skis, I cut 6" off mine so they would fit in my car, now I wouldn't have to do it since I have a suv that would fit the full length skis. Keep em' coming! Smitty

Good Man!!  Ok. They looked like down hill skis.  I had a pair of Xcountry in the garage and am going to try constructing with those.  This way maybe Ill start using my CLAM again. :)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: shwung79 on Jan 15, 2011, 05:34 PM
i would be hauling about 75 pounds in my sled. will 4" clearance work in 9" of snow? we currenly have 2-3" od slush under the snow. tough enough to walk thru without dragging sled

Yeah you may have to use a 2x8 or 2x10.  Not sure of the stability though?  Should be fine.  My guess not have used one before is you would be plowing through the snow if you don't get the clearance.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: shwung79 on Jan 15, 2011, 10:34 PM
Built one tonight...trial run tomorrow. 6" of snow on the ground as of now.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Jan 16, 2011, 07:22 AM
i have my sled mounted on skis in a similar way, but the sled is screwed into the 2x4's and the wood is laying down widthwise. easier to drad in 2-4" of snow than no skis, but still difficult. i never changed the rope's position so it is still on the sled. would changing the rope to the skis help to make it easier? loading sled into car is clumsy with just a little gear still in the sled. i like the idea of the ski system is separate. any problems with the sled shifting on irregular terrain?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 16, 2011, 10:31 AM
i have my sled mounted on skis in a similar way, but the sled is screwed into the 2x4's and the wood is laying down widthwise. easier to drad in 2-4" of snow than no skis, but still difficult. i never changed the rope's position so it is still on the sled. would changing the rope to the skis help to make it easier? loading sled into car is clumsy with just a little gear still in the sled. i like the idea of the ski system is separate. any problems with the sled shifting on irregular terrain?
I have my rope tied to the ski tips, I think it helps keep ski tips up, remember.........LONG tow rope(I walk probably 8ft in front of my sled,that means a 16ft piece of rope). Hope this helps you. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: truckhuntfish on Jan 16, 2011, 10:53 AM
are you guys using downhill or cross country skis ?   downhill skis are wider arent they ? what type would be better ?   wider for floating or narrow for cutting through ?     just asking because i am going to make something for my frabill excursion that pulls about as easy as a chest freezer.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 16, 2011, 12:01 PM
are you guys using downhill or cross country skis ?   downhill skis are wider arent they ? what type would be better ?   wider for floating or narrow for cutting through ?     just asking because i am going to make something for my frabill excursion that pulls about as easy as a chest freezer.
I used dowhill skis. Easier to find too. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Uplandhuntr on Jan 16, 2011, 12:07 PM
I tried it yesterday with 2x4's....on 12" of fluffy snow it ended up plowing snow.  I ended up pulling my shack without the sled in that situation as the load spread over more area kept it on top better than using the skis....It was a lot of work.....

Praying for a little warm weather to settle the snow a bit and then I bet it will work great again.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: miked77 on Jan 16, 2011, 04:07 PM
I just got a new Frabill Treker and found that even in a couple of inches the thing was horrible to pull.  Looking for skis now, and gonna build one of these to sit the trekker on.  Thinking might have to go 2x6's to keep things a little higher, we'll see

Great idea!

Thanks for posting all the pics.

Mike
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Jan 16, 2011, 05:52 PM
makes sense. thanks, smitty.
brought sled in from the car. will be making mods this week. home depot, here i come!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: down in a hole on Jan 16, 2011, 07:45 PM
Great job muskie....hope you really enjoy the sport alot more now that you don't have to waste time and energy getting your equipment to your favorite fishing spot. Smitty
nice sled...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Rubberdaddy on Jan 17, 2011, 09:54 PM
Just picked up some skis tonight for my new sled. Thanks for the inspiration Smitty :tipup:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: justfine on Jan 18, 2011, 06:01 AM
built 2 so far works great will be building another friends want one 5$ skis salvation army store pitchers to come love the Smitty sled
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lives2fish on Jan 18, 2011, 08:30 AM
Good job on the sled, I have 2 friend who are limited on space, I will have to pass this on to them :tipup:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: justfine on Jan 18, 2011, 01:29 PM
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my two
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ChautauquaDawg on Jan 18, 2011, 03:52 PM
Nice looking sleds, Glad to see you used my old K2 5500!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Eaglecrg on Jan 18, 2011, 05:07 PM
I'm just now getting into ice fishing and this sled looks great.  May have to build one.  A few thoughts on design.  For those concerned about it sinking into the snow, it wouldn't be difficult to add a 3rd ski in the middle which should improve the buoyancy in snow.  May make turning a bit more tricky though.  In regard to what kind of skiis--I would think downhill skiis should pull easier and stay on top of the snow better, but the cross country skiis with the fish scales on the bottom might be nice to have going uphill!  Anyone try them?  For those folks using 2x6 or 2x8s, I was thinking some of those metal shelf brackets hardware stores sell might provide some good lateral support without adding much to the drag in deeper snow.  Really nice design smitty--kudos!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 18, 2011, 05:30 PM
I'm just now getting into ice fishing and this sled looks great.  May have to build one.  A few thoughts on design.  For those concerned about it sinking into the snow, it wouldn't be difficult to add a 3rd ski in the middle which should improve the buoyancy in snow.  May make turning a bit more tricky though.  In regard to what kind of skiis--I would think downhill skiis should pull easier and stay on top of the snow better, but the cross country skiis with the fish scales on the bottom might be nice to have going uphill!  Anyone try them?  For those folks using 2x6 or 2x8s, I was thinking some of those metal shelf brackets hardware stores sell might provide some good lateral support without adding much to the drag in deeper snow.  Really nice design smitty--kudos!
I think(just my opinion), by adding a 3rd ski would add more surface area touching the snow and might add more "drag" and might pull harder......but it hasn't been tested here in this thread I think, Higher supports would  provide more clearance, but I like my supports lower because if I want to move and not break my shanty down, I can just pull it up onto the sled, put all my stuff inside and off I go to another spot. Keep the ideas coming and thanks for the nice comments again! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Team Lightning on Jan 18, 2011, 07:32 PM
picked up a pair of $3.00 Rosignalls today... Gonna be a little behind everyone else...(just had surgery) maybe by next season.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mote1977 on Jan 18, 2011, 07:42 PM
Do you guys wax the skis? I don't have ski wax but was thinking about putting a few coats of paste wax on them.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: barn1 on Jan 19, 2011, 11:41 AM
Finished mine last Saturday. I used 2 x 6's and it carries about 150 lbs total (including Frabil Trekker) with no stability issues.  But down here in CT, and buying everything at Home Depot (except the skis) cost me about $60.

Thanks for the idea though. It works great! I do need to add a fresh coat of wax though. It's been about 30 years since my old skis have seen any wax!

Barn.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 19, 2011, 04:14 PM
Do you guys wax the skis? I don't have ski wax but was thinking about putting a few coats of paste wax on them.
I have yet to wax mine yet (3rd season), but probably wouldn't hurt anything. Great job guys!! Keep em' coming! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: sidecar53 on Jan 19, 2011, 06:09 PM
Just finished your sled, modded to fit my Clam Yukon. Pulls with about 1/4 the effort now. Thanks for the great idea, Smitty :)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jhei88 on Jan 19, 2011, 06:11 PM
instead of using skis do you think 2*6 s laid flat would work
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Jan 19, 2011, 06:19 PM
instead of using skis do you think 2*6 s laid flat would work

Most likely not as they would plow way too much and snow /ice would stick to them...would work ok on smooth ice, but I don't get that very often.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jhei88 on Jan 19, 2011, 06:22 PM
even if you made the fronts flip up like skis and polyurethaned it
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Jan 19, 2011, 06:42 PM
even if you made the fronts flip up like skis and polyurethaned it
Only one way to find out... Try it and see how it works for you...
post pics and Let us know how it worked out...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jhei88 on Jan 19, 2011, 06:56 PM
yea i think i will, i have no places to get skis, so ill give her a try. Expect pics next week.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: shwung79 on Jan 19, 2011, 08:21 PM
I'm just now getting into ice fishing and this sled looks great.  May have to build one.  A few thoughts on design.  For those concerned about it sinking into the snow, it wouldn't be difficult to add a 3rd ski in the middle which should improve the buoyancy in snow.  May make turning a bit more tricky though.  In regard to what kind of skiis--I would think downhill skiis should pull easier and stay on top of the snow better, but the cross country skiis with the fish scales on the bottom might be nice to have going uphill!  Anyone try them?  For those folks using 2x6 or 2x8s, I was thinking some of those metal shelf brackets hardware stores sell might provide some good lateral support without adding much to the drag in deeper snow.  Really nice design smitty--kudos!

I used cross country skis.  Don't have anything else to compare to but in 7 inches of snow it pulled pretty good!,
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: vermonner on Jan 19, 2011, 08:30 PM
instead of using skis do you think 2*6 s laid flat would work
How I would do it if I had to make 2x6 smooth enough to pull on snow: your best bet would be to run them over the jointer to get 'em good and flat, jigsaw the ends to resemble skis, sand 'em up to like, 600 grit in steps (120, 180, 240, 320, 400, 600)  Shellac first to seal the wood then HIGH gloss urethane and HIGH gloss only. 2 Coats, sanding between coats. After the urethane cures, hit 'em with Minwax or Johnson's paste wax.  By the time you got into it for the lumber, sandpaper, shellac, urethane and wax, it might be cheaper to Craigslist or yardsale an old pair of skis.  Start asking around, I bet someone's got a pair collecting dust in their garage they'd almost GIVE to you
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: newjigger on Jan 20, 2011, 12:12 PM
[/img](https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1178.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fx377%2FNewjigger%2F2011-01-20113834-1.jpg&hash=19b3a27f58606fbc19deb22795fcf139)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F&hash=1fc334ce66ece7f0d6030dc658153aed)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F%5BIMG%5Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fi1178.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fx377%2FNewjigger%2F2011-01-20113542-1.jpg&hash=a8b8721dfc5b0d036bb3fc54a87ceb88)Its a little wobbly but the clearance is worth it.(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F&hash=1fc334ce66ece7f0d6030dc658153aed)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1178.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fx377%2FNewjigger%2F2011-01-20113542-1.jpg&hash=3b8d2971891e5a19ca8a36d5b85c8b28)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mcrd82 on Jan 20, 2011, 12:15 PM
great idea! u should apply 4 a patent!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 21, 2011, 04:13 PM
[/img](http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x377/Newjigger/2011-01-20113834-1.jpg)(http://)(http://[IMG]http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x377/Newjigger/2011-01-20113542-1.jpg)Its a little wobbly but the clearance is worth it.(http://)(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x377/Newjigger/2011-01-20113542-1.jpg)
Lookin good jigger! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Bullelk34 on Jan 23, 2011, 07:11 PM
Looks good newjigger- let us know how it holds up. I hear pvc can get brittle in the cold but have never tried it. If it works good I like the fact you could break it down easily.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: newjigger on Jan 24, 2011, 07:19 PM
Lookin good jigger! Smitty
Thanks Smitty all form your original idea.  Had to widen it a little bit though.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: newjigger on Jan 24, 2011, 07:28 PM
Looks good newjigger- let us know how it holds up. I hear pvc can get brittle in the cold but have never tried it. If it works good I like the fact you could break it down easily.
That pvc glue is pretty permanent, plus those aluminum racks are too.  I waited to glue in case I had to modify and It fell apart in a snow storm on a big lake. That beat us up pretty bad.
Once I glued it up firm it held up good. I had It out in -7 F and it was OK.  Knowing it is a little fagile in cold means don't hit it with a hammer.LOL  It is a rugged activity I think if it will break down Ill see it soon. Ill keep ya posted.
Title: Zooplanktons "Ice Rocket"
Post by: zooplankton on Jan 24, 2011, 07:50 PM
Smitty , thanks again for the idea, I used 5/4 round deck boards on 2x8 risers
and added a board to the front to carry my trapper/ice fishing basket & the vex.
I guess my only troubles are when things get a little mushy out there and the junk starts sticking to the bottom of the runners.
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Title: Zoo's Ice Rocket
Post by: zooplankton on Jan 24, 2011, 07:53 PM
The front board (not seen) was added later.......
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: TheDL on Jan 24, 2011, 07:55 PM
nicely built sir!  I love diy, I think I'll give it a go, thanks for the pics
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mrjohnny on Jan 29, 2011, 05:01 PM
Smity===Got a pair of skies give to me this afternoon..Now I am gonna make one of those sleds like in your picture.I think I am gonna make mine all one piece,as I can just put them in the back of my truck..Thinking of useing a 2x6 or maybe an 8 inch.Snow is getting deeper every week end..And hopefuly I can haul my shappel with more ease..As well as the power auger...I went to do a wireing job and the lady was in her garage.I ask if she had any skies to get rid of and she said yep,right here..Can't beat that now,lol..Thanks for your idea and plans....John
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: yellowhog on Jan 30, 2011, 07:43 PM
Something to think about for the guys building these to pull at high speeds behind a snowmobile or ATV..downhill skis have metal edges that bit the ice when the wind is trying to blow it sideways on clear ice..Cross country skis have only wooden bottoms and slide sideways when the wind is howling out there..I actually put a slight bevel on the bottom of my boards so the ski doesn't sit completely flat, but not needed and would add more resistance if pulling by hand..Cool sled Smitty man..
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: gaspumper on Jan 31, 2011, 09:39 AM
Smitty in your very first picture of your sled sitting there,how wide is it,and how long are your skies,I'm wanting to make one  but with a box on top about 51 inches long by 32 inches wide by 12 inches high with a hinged lid,to carry a 4 man pop up,5lb propane tank,heater,minnows,and tackle.I want to put brackets on the outside edge to fasten the power auger on.I will be pulling it with a snowmobile.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 31, 2011, 11:01 AM
Smitty in your very first picture of your sled sitting there,how wide is it,and how long are your skies,I'm wanting to make one  but with a box on top about 51 inches long by 32 inches wide by 12 inches high with a hinged lid,to carry a 4 man pop up,5lb propane tank,heater,minnows,and tackle.I want to put brackets on the outside edge to fasten the power auger on.I will be pulling it with a snowmobile.
Mine is 30" wide, I cut 6" off my skis so they would fit in my car, now I would'nt have done that as I now have a SUV to haul my gear. Goodluck on your build. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: eriksat1 on Jan 31, 2011, 12:13 PM
It's best to use down hill ski's, cross country ski's are too flimsy and narrower specially if you are going to be pulling it behind a snowmobile or 4 wheeler you want the stronger down hill ski's they have more backbone.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mrjohnny on Jan 31, 2011, 01:58 PM
That was going to be my next question...the skies...
The one I got for free I think are down hill..They
have very little up curve to the tips or toes.what
ever they are called...Would this be better or the
ones with a lot of curl to them? I want to get
started but want to be sure about the skies first..
Thanks for any added advice anyone has to offer..john
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: eriksat1 on Jan 31, 2011, 02:21 PM
You can tell the difference by what type of bindings they have on them. The old ones I used had obsolete Solomon step in bindings, downhill bindings clamp the boot to the toe and heel down to the ski, cross country ski's only attach to the toe of the ski boot. Cross county ski's are narrow compared to downhill I would guess downhill ski's are about 3-1/2" wide, and cross country ski's are about2-1/2" wide. Downhill ski's are laminated with steel in the middle, cross country ski's are just fiberglass I think. If they have a name on them or model # or something you could probably google it and see what kind they are.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Jan 31, 2011, 05:30 PM
downhill skis have a smooth bottom and x-country skis have like scales on the bottom. just an fyi
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinpo1e1 on Jan 31, 2011, 10:18 PM
It's best to use down hill ski's, cross country ski's are too flimsy and narrower specially if you are going to be pulling it behind a snowmobile or 4 wheeler you want the stronger down hill ski's they have more backbone.

I built a long "Smitty " sled using cross country skis last season.
It pulls hard in snow loaded. But my buddy rescued me with his 4 wheeler and it tows just fine. I have a Shappell DX-3000 and it is as wide as the outside grooves in the shanty. I posted pics at the time last Dec/Jan. I just don't have the leg power anymore to pull thru deep snow. But my sled holds the shanty, 4 buckets in front and two buckets on top of the shanty, the auger, shovel, long northerns stacked like cordwood, plus room for lanterns, heaters etc. I have a older Buick Station Wagon and it slips right in with the rear seat folded down. I figured that the cross country skis hold my 250 pounds
so the load I have should be OK. So far so good.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinpo1e1 on Jan 31, 2011, 10:30 PM
Here's Mine
http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?action=profile;u=23705;sa=showPosts;start=40
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinpo1e1 on Jan 31, 2011, 10:33 PM
Here's Mine
http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?action=profile;u=23705;sa=showPosts;start=40

Posts were on smitty sled topic, from Jan. 30, 2010. Lots of pics of my sled were posted back then.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Machine on Feb 03, 2011, 11:34 AM
Thank Guys for all the ideas, I will be building one for my two man Eskimo flip over.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: woodroce on Feb 09, 2011, 03:09 PM
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OMG....   I had such a terrible, terrible time out on the ice yesterday with my Clam Guide.  That sucker was like pulling a PLOW behind me!  I cannot wait to build a "Smitty Sled".  My Dad and I are going to do it on my next day off.  I have a pair of skis that have been in my garage for ten years!  Just last fall I was wondering if I should just throw them out.  I have had some good times on those skis.  Now the good times will continue!

I am printing some pictures and some of the text from this thread.  I figure if I give my Dad all the plans, maybe him and his buddy will build it and I can USE it on my next day off instead of build it! 

Naturally, pictures will be posted of the finished product, at the very least.  I can't wait!  There's so little TIME for this obsession, I mean sport.  Every day off counts!

It's gonna be great! 

Thanks, Smitty!  And thanks to everyone who gives me tips and things to ponder that I wouldn't have pondered.  There's some good folks lurking around in here, that's for sure!

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: oletimer on Feb 10, 2011, 06:00 PM
Made a sled this morning. Fingers were a little cold at 0 degrees.
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Tote holds all my tip ups and gear. The bait bucket holder just slides on and wing nutted. Everything comes apart to fit in a jeep Wrangler or my TBird... ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mrjohnny on Feb 11, 2011, 05:37 PM
Nice  real sweet...I made one and I am already thinking of some improvements to it..
As long as it helps get your gear out there,thats the main thing....Like I said..Looks real cool...Good luck with it..
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: schmutzomatic 5000 on Feb 12, 2011, 08:46 AM
Made one for behind my wheeler out of alum.. Works great when water on top of the ice.  Pic is of my buddy's flip over with about 30 gal. of water in the tub after we got to our destination with a few inches of rain on top the ice.  In the background is my sled with my portable high and dry.  Storage to hold all ur junk in the box..   (https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1233.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff389%2Fschmutzomatic5000%2FDSC00136.jpg&hash=1dd009a498578415c859f84a0a53ad3a)

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: woodroce on Feb 12, 2011, 09:52 AM
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Hey Schmutz!  Your picture didn't show up!

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IceKing4 on Feb 12, 2011, 10:31 AM
I put my own together last week. I used aluminum cross bars from a mitsubishi truck instead of wood. Breaks down and fits right in the car. Thanks Smitty!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: KenDOdoubleG on Feb 12, 2011, 06:05 PM
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Here's my sled I put together for this season.  I was gonna wait to post picks until after I finished it, but who am I kidding...I'm fishing it. $5 for the cooler at a tag sale, and a few dollars for the tow rope, the bungie on the bait, and hooks to hang the auger. The rest I had, like the hip pack and that's a folding canoe seat holding the bait.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 13, 2011, 05:38 AM
(http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd459/KenDoDoubleG/mess%20a%20gills/021211071751.jpg)
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Here's my sled I put together for this season.  I was gonna wait to post picks until after I finished it, but who am I kidding...I'm fishing it. $5 for the cooler at a tag sale, and a few dollars for the tow rope, the bungie on the bait, and hooks to hang the auger. The rest I had, like the hip pack and that's a folding canoe seat holding the bait.
Great job Ken! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Aaron072 on Feb 13, 2011, 05:51 AM
(http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd459/KenDoDoubleG/mess%20a%20gills/021211071751.jpg)
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Here's my sled I put together for this season.  I was gonna wait to post picks until after I finished it, but who am I kidding...I'm fishing it. $5 for the cooler at a tag sale, and a few dollars for the tow rope, the bungie on the bait, and hooks to hang the auger. The rest I had, like the hip pack and that's a folding canoe seat holding the bait.

nice perch ;D oh and nice sled too
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ASATMillerbluegill on Feb 13, 2011, 07:03 AM
Good work!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: oletimer on Feb 13, 2011, 07:55 AM
Very cool!! Light and functional.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Lobes on Feb 13, 2011, 09:12 AM
We now have three of these in our family. We're pulling one suitcase (Shappell DX 3000), a two man Clam flipover, and a three man flip over (can't remember what brand - dark red cover and VERY heavy, Igloo maybe). These shacks loaded up with all of our gear have really put these sleds to the test. It is unbelieveable how easy they pull, with one finger in most situations.
Can't thank Smitty enough for sharing this concept!

                                         :tipup:
NBG
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Tricounty on Feb 13, 2011, 09:54 AM
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Hey oletimer, where did those skis come from they look great with the roll up on both ends  :thumbsup:

Tricounty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: KenDOdoubleG on Feb 13, 2011, 10:04 PM
Great job Ken! Smitty

Thanks Smitty. 4-5 weeks ago it was sitting right on the skis, but it did't pull well and it was unstable side to side. The Smitty Sled gave me the idea to lift it and find out how easily it would pull.  Next project is a Smitty Sled to give to a friend.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: eriksat1 on Feb 15, 2011, 08:36 AM
Finally got some pictures of the sled I made about 8 years ago to pull behind my snowmobile, but it pulls just as easy by hand also. I made it out of 2 old downhill ski's, a 4'x4' piece of 1/2" plywood, and a old bed frame. I welded most of it quick and easy, but you could just drill and bolt it together also. It sits about 24 inches high off the ice, so it also pulls like a dream in deep snow, plenty of ground clearance. I can strap on my portable shack, power auger, whatever. The best thing I like about it is I can also sit on it and fish / hole hop, and have everything right there on it. It fits in the back of my pick up truck with plenty of room to spare. I made the ski's exactly the width of my snowmobile ski's so it tracks perfect, I made the toung out of 1/2 in electrical conduit, no rope so it won't crash into my snowmobile when I stop quickly. It pulls by hand with little to no effort at all, everyone who see's it is amazed at how easy it pulls with no effort, even fully loaded.
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: woodroce on Feb 15, 2011, 01:43 PM
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With the help of my Dad and his buddy, I got my Smitty Sled done today!!!  I am so excited!
 

Thank you so much, Smitty, for posting this great design. 



Here's the tail of one of my old skis.  I was a Deadhead and I always listened to WCMF out of Rochester, NY when I was on the slopes of Swain.

 

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My Dad's friend had a bunch of cherry scraps laying around that worked perfectly.  You can see the pictures of Smitty's original design along with Smitty's text.  I didn't want my Dad and his pal to redesign this sled!

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They did have a good idea for the ends here.  Since we used 1.5" thick cherry for the wood on the skis and 3/4" for the cross boards, we thought it best to have two skinnier pins over one bigger one. 






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Ahhh, cherry.  It will be nice and strong!



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Done in about two hours.  We goofed off quite a bit though.   I didn't have to go far for the bolt eyes and the rope.  Up to this point, these are the only things that I had to buy and they cost me $12.45 including tax.


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Looking GREAT!!!


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I had to buy new tie-down straps, they set me back $8.00.  So my total investment is $21.
I can't wait until I can try it out.  I may go tonight, but at the very latest, I will be on the ice just before sunrise.  I will post back with my final thoughts on my new Smitty Sled.



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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Feb 15, 2011, 02:55 PM
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With the help of my Dad and his buddy, I got my Smitty Sled done today!!!  I am so excited!
 

Looks good... you will appreciate the extra height when there is several inches of snow.  I have plans of raising mine just for that reason. 
You will love it..  So much easier to pull then any other way I have seen..(other then having a sled or 4 wheeler to pull it for ya) ... and it breaks down to fit in (most) any vehicle..
 :tipup: :tipup:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: KenDOdoubleG on Feb 15, 2011, 04:14 PM
Nice pics guys.


The best thing I like about it is I can also sit on it and fish / hole hop, and have everything right there on it.

I know what you mean...sit on it, fish, and everything is there. Like coffee. I also supply my fishing buddy with a pretty nice 7 gallon bucket and an insulated lid to cozy up on.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: justfine on Feb 15, 2011, 04:46 PM
are group has 4 now think I'm taking my kayak sail and riding when the bites slow
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: woodroce on Feb 16, 2011, 12:46 AM
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My Smitty Sled performed flawlessly on the ice yesterday.  Talk about easier to pull!  I can hardly call it a "drag" anymore.  I found myself looking back to make sure I was still pulling it!  Someone in here nailed it when they said it's 1/4 of the drag it used to be.  It's awesome.  Everything I hoped it would be and more.

I did discover one thing that I feel I need to add to my S.S. and that's some reflectors.  At night time, it would be easier to see it from a distance.

Here's a couple shots I took on my way out onto the ice late yesterday afternoon.

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Love it!



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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: peddletothemeddle on Feb 16, 2011, 08:04 AM
I made my smitty sled about 2 weeks ago.  I have used it twice, both times there was quite a bit of snow on the ice.  I am so glad i made this.  Works amazing.  Thanks Smitty for the great idea!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: landry on Feb 16, 2011, 08:31 PM
I just made 2 of these - so simple and works amazingly - 25% the weight.
Thanks Smitty!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: sawmillr on Feb 17, 2011, 07:56 AM
Smitty your famos man!!!!! :bow: :bow: :bow:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ship of fools on Feb 17, 2011, 10:21 AM
I was coming off the ice on Lake George Sunday afternoon ....  i was taking my sled apart and looked over at the only two other guys in the parking lot and both were pulling these sleds...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: woodroce on Feb 17, 2011, 12:00 PM
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Naturally, it's the best sled out there!


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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Pipelayer on Feb 17, 2011, 09:25 PM
Woodroce,

How wide did you make your sled? I'm making a sled to pull my DX4000. I think it's 45-46 inches wide. It seems like a 46 inch wide sled might be awkward to pull sometimes. I may try to make it narrower and see how well the straps hold the shanty.

Any thoughts on this??

Thanks
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: dsp2 on Feb 18, 2011, 05:06 AM
Pipelayer
I went in a rib or 2 on my DX3000 to get my width, and also put a little wood stopper on each crossbar that just fits up into the ribs on the center of each. This keeps it from shifting. I use rachet style straps, keeps everything secure. Just watch out going downhill, they get moving fast as I am sure most guy's on this thread will tell you.

I have thanked Smitty several times now, here is another!  If there is a shanty hall of fame for ideas he gets the first award :bow:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mrjohnny on Feb 18, 2011, 08:25 AM
Think I would go with the wider width..I doubt you wound have a problem
pulling it.Unless the snow was deep and it sank in a lot..Thats why I got myself a pop up and I like it lots..Light and easy to set up..Good luck what ever you decide to do..
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: woodroce on Feb 18, 2011, 09:30 AM
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Woodroce,

How wide did you make your sled?


My Fish Trap Guide is 36" wide.  I made my sled 32" wide so that the eye bolts will come out to meet the sled's width.  I am not familiar with your DX4000, but it sounds like dsp2's idea will be great for you.

I've had my Smitty Sled in my garage doing some work on it.  I put some wood putty in a knot hole and spent some time fondling, I mean, sanding it.  I am going to finish sanding it real good, stain it and then give it a few coats of polyurethane.  Then, she'll be finished off with some reflectors.  I haven't figured out the details of the reflectors yet, but they are making some pretty cool reflective tape these days. I was thinking i would make a couple custom reflectors.  Maybe put "Woodroce" on my sled or maybe try to make the Ice Shanty logo.  I wonder if I could seal the reflective tape under a few coats of polyurethane?  Hmmm....

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Celt6 on Feb 21, 2011, 11:48 AM
I think after this winter, I'll be grabbing a couple of skis and making me one of these, Jetsled Med, with a 2 men hub from Glens next to it (not on top of everything else...) gliding easy....
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jon johnson on Feb 21, 2011, 02:37 PM
Would the widest ski be the easiest to pull in deeper snow?  How about a water ski?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Bear32 on Feb 21, 2011, 03:47 PM
 Woodroce, How high are your bottom pieces attached to the skis?

Thanks! ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ship of fools on Feb 22, 2011, 06:04 AM
Would the widest ski be the easiest to pull in deeper snow?  How about a water ski?

Downhill skis work perfect .... they are designed to work in snow ....

but ....  the new skis designed for powder are really wide ... water skis may be worth a shot if you have an old pair
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: musky8it on Feb 22, 2011, 07:15 AM
Found some picks of my old sled, used it 5-6 yrs before the plywood got bad. I made a new one last year just like it but wider so it would be more stable. The runners just set in the holes, easliy pulled out for storage. Its very sturdy and pulls easily thru deep snow. It doesn't show in the photo. But the back board I attached 6" cut pieces of golf club tubes to hold my poles, saves room on the sled.

The aluminum conduit runners are lighter than ski's and they cut threw the snow and ride on the ice. As ski's would ride ontop the snow and may pull harder.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: woodroce on Feb 22, 2011, 08:46 AM
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Woodroce, How high are your bottom pieces attached to the skis?

Thanks! ;D

Hi, bdog, I am sorry, but I am not following you.  What do you mean?

I think you mean, how are my bottom pieces attached to the skis.  The front ones have 5 deck screws in each one going up through the bottom of the skis and into the wood.  The back ones have four deck screws.  They are countersunk into the skis. 

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Prairiegoat on Feb 22, 2011, 12:24 PM
Here's my new Smitty-Sled.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Celt6 on Feb 22, 2011, 12:36 PM
Hot damn!! :o that thing needs to be painted steel, looks like a futuristic sled from some upcoming movie!!! great slick job man!! How long are these skis? I got 185's, probably need to cut some off on the end. Good Job.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: woodroce on Feb 22, 2011, 01:54 PM
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Wooowwwwww!

That's some Smitty Sled.  Very nice!

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: uncle meanie on Feb 22, 2011, 04:33 PM
thanks so much my back is much better ,smitty you the man
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: trimmer on Feb 24, 2011, 06:15 AM
I have had mine out twice with my scout mounted on top.It is so much easier to pull and i just leave it on there to fish.I added a flap to the scout to keep the wind out that was blowing under the smitty sled.Thanks to smitty I move around more to put me on active fish.

                                                                            Thanks smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ship of fools on Feb 24, 2011, 07:18 AM
Hot damn!! :o that thing needs to be painted steel, looks like a futuristic sled from some upcoming movie!!! great slick job man!! How long are these skis? I got 185's, probably need to cut some off on the end. Good Job.

203's ..... no need to cut em unless you need to fit em in your vehicle

i mentioned this before but any of you guys who ski (and are old enough to remember real skis before these ones that ski for you  :o)   .... i used a pair of Volkl P9's ... top  of the line skis i bought used but never put them to use... glad i could  ;)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: DR.SPECKLER on Feb 24, 2011, 07:50 AM
i just waxed the skis on the smitty sled and wow..better look out cuz its coming for ya.lol.it takes no effort to pull gear now.thanks again smitty.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: woodroce on Feb 24, 2011, 10:14 AM
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I am thinking about writing a song about Smitty Sleds!   

You are going to go down in history, Smitty.  Your sleds will be passed down in fisherman's (and fisherwoman's) families for generations!  Furthermore, I think this thread is the very essence of what this forum is all about. 

Just this one thread is worth the price of admission!


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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Prairiegoat on Feb 24, 2011, 12:23 PM
Goat's Homemade Ski-Sled

Went to the pawnshop today and picked up two sets of downhill skis for $15 a pair to make a couple of ski-sleds. The original idea came from a fellow named Smitty who lives in Illinois. Did a few modifications to give it twelve inches of clearance and beveled the struts 15 degrees hoping it’ll help cut through the snow better. That should reduce the drag considerably when pulling my gear out onto the lake.

Next I went to Home Depot and picked up enough hardware and lumber, 1-2”X12”X10' (1’X1’ struts) and 1-2”X4”X10’ (24” cross members), for $38 to make two ski-sleds, one for my Jet Sled and one a little longer to fit my Eskimo Quick-Flip II.

The ski-sleds come apart quickly as the five-inch bolts on the cross members fit down in holes in the struts which are attached to the skis with three 2 1/2" countersunk screws. Couple of pops with the hand and the whole thing is disassembled. I put eyebolts on the outside of each strut for cargo straps to tie the sled or hut to the ski-sled. Getting the sleds off the snow should really reduce drag as only the skis make contact. All pretty simple and from what Smitty said it reduced his drag by 75%. Now that would be a dream pull.

The rope is sixteen feet long giving an eight feet distance from the ski-sled and are attached through holes at the tip of the skis. Thinking putting them there would keep upward pressure on the ski tips and keep them from digging in as much.

Here are two pictures of the ski-sled disassembled.

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Here it is assembled. Lifting it, I would say it weighs between fifteen and twenty pounds, pretty light but sturdy.

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And here is a picture with my Jet Sled sitting on top. I use this set up when I fish out of my Eskimo Quick Fish popup shanty.

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With a coat of primer applied. Think I will paint it a futuristic steel color. Thanks for the great comments, guys. Woodroce, thanks for the PM!
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Can’t wait till this weekend to try one of them out.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Celt6 on Feb 24, 2011, 12:38 PM
Far out Man!! I wonder if a 3 ski wide model would work just as well like 50 inches or so :o
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: DasRottweiler on Feb 24, 2011, 03:06 PM
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My Fish Trap Guide is 36" wide.  I made my sled 32" wide so that the eye bolts will come out to meet the sled's width.  I am not familiar with your DX4000, but it sounds like dsp2's idea will be great for you.

I've had my Smitty Sled in my garage doing some work on it.  I put some wood putty in a knot hole and spent some time fondling, I mean, sanding it.  I am going to finish sanding it real good, stain it and then give it a few coats of polyurethane.  Then, she'll be finished off with some reflectors.  I haven't figured out the details of the reflectors yet, but they are making some pretty cool reflective tape these days. I was thinking i would make a couple custom reflectors.  Maybe put "Woodroce" on my sled or maybe try to make the Ice Shanty logo.  I wonder if I could seal the reflective tape under a few coats of polyurethane?  Hmmm....

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Use a Marine Spar Varnish, not the poly-poly is for interior use and will yellow and degrade  quickly in sun and elements. I use Helmsman`s Spar Varnish , a marine grade product that is non-yellowing in direct sunlight and was created for use on teak boat decks.
I made myself a "Smitty Sled" to carry my HM Ontario-Style One-Man Shack using a Thule Rack and some skis. Added a removable attachment I mount to the shack during dragging/transit which carries my power auger and my holehopping bucket with rods etc.
With all the snow/slush this season the "smitty sled" was put to use along with my snowshoes and I packed significantly lighter, leaving traps and bait buckets at home in the Jetsled and just taking enough gear to chase panfish with the jiggin rods.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: woodroce on Feb 24, 2011, 03:10 PM
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Use a Marine Spar Varnish...    non-yellowing in direct sunlight and was created for use on teak boat decks

Good advice!  Thanks!!!!


Woodroce

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: musky8it on Feb 25, 2011, 05:09 AM
Never used skis, I would think they would ride up on the snow making it harder to pull. The more the surface area the more friction and the harder pulling. I may be wrong since I never used skis. I have seen guys who have sleds with ski runners, and in deep snow they seem to struggle more. Especially if their load is lopsided, one side wants to compact the snow while the other side rides higher.

I use conduit for runners and they cut down thru the snow like a knife and run on the ice. Which the ice has less friction than snow for a easier pull. I guess my idea is like someone skateing on a snow covered lake. The skates run on the ice not the snow, same as my conduit runners.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: oletimer on Feb 25, 2011, 07:54 AM
Your first two sentences reveal why skis work better than the wide flat surface of a shanty or sled. They will ride up on top of the snow to reduce the plowing effect that heavy sleds have. Also they are only 3-4" wide so reduce drag a lot. Have watched a couple guys with conduit runners here have a lot of trouble with deep snow, and when slush was on the ice, it froze to the metal runners making it almost impossible to pull.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Celt6 on Feb 25, 2011, 08:29 AM
Gravity my man, a 240lbs man can ski on top of powder at a fairly slow speed, I dont think tubes can compare, however they both work( different ways). My money is on skis.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: woodroce on Feb 25, 2011, 10:16 AM
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My money is on skis.


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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: eriksat1 on Feb 25, 2011, 11:03 AM
The key word was slush. You get slush on the ice under the snow and it starts freezing onto your conduit runners you are done. On good hard ice with powder snow on top you may be right it will pull easier like ice skates, but the ski's cover all situations pretty good.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 25, 2011, 03:17 PM
The key word was slush. You get slush on the ice under the snow and it starts freezing onto your conduit runners you are done. On good hard ice with powder snow on top you may be right it will pull easier like ice skates, but the ski's cover all situations pretty good.
+1 +2 +3.....and so on, but I am kinda partial to this thread. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: musky8it on Feb 26, 2011, 03:00 AM
Never really had any problem pulling mine with conduit, even in slush under snow. The conduit cuts thru slush just like snow. If your load is real heavy(like mine), I would think the skis would sink down in the slush like my runners but the tips of the skis would catch in the slush. The way my runners are made the front part cut a groove in the snow/slush which clears the way for the runners.

On page 12 this thread Ishows pics of what I use. The pics are of my older one, it wasn't wide enough(24"). My new one is 32" and a little higher, makes it more stable. Now when there is a crust ontop the snow I can see why skis may be better. With a crust sometimes my runners will fall thru the crust becuase of the loads weight. I may have to try a pair if I find them again. Just threw a pair of cross country skis away last year, got them at a auction. May be able to make them removable so when there's a snow crust I can snap them on my conduit runners.

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Lobes on Feb 26, 2011, 08:43 AM
I think the "Musky8it Sled" and the "Smitty Sled" are both huge improvements and outstanding contributions to the membership here. They both work very well and I know when I see one on the ice it's a great way to start a conversation and meet the folks that are driving Iceshanty.com to the top.

Many thanks to both of you great inventors!

                                        :tipup:
NBG
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jiggin jeff on Feb 26, 2011, 07:32 PM
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  Just built my smitty sled and built some tip downs today going to try them tomorrow on oneida
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Team Lightning on Feb 26, 2011, 08:25 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE the Customized " JIGGIN JEFF " logo....GOOD FOR YOU !!

   Nicely done !! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: woodroce on Feb 26, 2011, 08:26 PM
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Glorious!


That's one Sweet Smitty Sled!  Great job!


It's the bomb!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jiggin jeff on Feb 26, 2011, 08:42 PM
Thank guys first year ice fishing and i am hooked for life!!! :icefish:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishdoggg on Feb 27, 2011, 12:40 AM
i love the pictures of the old skis especially put to good use.  I have probably 8 pair from 160's to 210's  I will have to make one of these sleds  also.  I have saved the skis for some purpose and here it is.  I do love oldtimers skis.  I would ski those now.  Anyway nice smitty sleds.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: KenDOdoubleG on Feb 27, 2011, 08:15 AM
I've never owned a portable shanty, but I've helped drag one. That's why I still don't have one. However, since seeing the Smitty Sled and reading all these testimonials, I'll be looking for an end of season sale on shanties, and hitting up tag sales for skis this summer.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Celt6 on Feb 27, 2011, 10:54 AM
I used to work part time at a ski slope rental place, lots of non usable skis there, just stop by someplace near you, I bet they got some for free, like in the 140mm range, teenager skis.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: TA on Feb 27, 2011, 12:32 PM
Here's my version of the Smitty Sled. A pair of $5 garage sale down hill skis. The wood, rope, nylon strap, paint and hardware was all stuff I had on hand. Easy to assemble, disassemble, stows in a small space and versatile.

 Thanks Smitty for sharing your design.



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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jiggin jeff on Feb 27, 2011, 07:50 PM
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My smitty sled work wonderful today the drag was so much easier thanks smitty for the design so nuch earier on my back! :woot:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Hunter44 on Feb 28, 2011, 10:04 AM
I also have conduit pipes and had problem with pulling it in slush so I put plastic runner on the pipe made big diffident on the pull
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Prairiegoat on Feb 28, 2011, 12:15 PM
Jiggin Jeff,

Tell me a little more about the rod holders you have pictured. They look like something I'd be interested in building.

Prairiegoat

PS: Neat sled. Nice work!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: musky8it on Mar 04, 2011, 01:10 PM
Jiggin Jeff,

Tell me a little more about the rod holders you have pictured. They look like something I'd be interested in building.

Prairiegoat

PS: Neat sled. Nice work!

I had to take all my equiptment out of the van to store, since its finally over. Pics tell more than words so I took some pics of the new one and the rod holders.

The rod holders are just plain golf club tubes, you can by them cheap at wally world, they come in black or clear. I cut them about 6", drilled 2 holes thru them on both sides so I could run my screwdriver thru the outside one and attach the the screws to the wood. Its a little hard get the screws to slide into the hole, but it not to bad. I had to put the screws inside the tube, then try to guide them into the holes with a screwdriver. I may make new runners so they are taller. Normally its high enough but we got allot of snow last year.


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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Aug 17, 2011, 08:13 PM
when you put your skis did you just screw up through the bottom of the ski into the wood and countersink the screw?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Aug 17, 2011, 08:56 PM
i asked smitty the same question back in feb. he puts the screw in the center from underneath the ski and up into the wood. countersinks the screw flush to avoid drag. he explained tht on of the things that makes it easy to drag is to use a L...O...N...G rope to drag. smitty uses a 16 foot rope so that he is 8 feet in front of his sled. i went from a 4' lead to his recommended 8' lead and it makes a world of difference.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Aug 17, 2011, 11:20 PM
i asked smitty the same question back in feb. he puts the screw in the center from underneath the ski and up into the wood. countersinks the screw flush to avoid drag. he explained tht on of the things that makes it easy to drag is to use a L...O...N...G rope to drag. smitty uses a 16 foot rope so that he is 8 feet in front of his sled. i went from a 4' lead to his recommended 8' lead and it makes a world of difference.
Nicely said! Thanks Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bobzitt on Aug 18, 2011, 10:42 AM
I love the idea of both the sled and the ice pole holders, do they ever tangle up? have you had one come out when you went to a drift or anything?

Thanks,
DZ
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Aug 18, 2011, 08:09 PM
Nicely said! Thanks Smitty
just reiterating what you taught me. did what you said and you were right on
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Aug 18, 2011, 08:12 PM
has anyone thought about or has discoverd from experience where the best pacement of the sled is on th skiis? Skiis have a curve in the center allowing for flexing. best to have the weight centered over the curve, forward or rearward of the curve? just wondering
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bart on Aug 18, 2011, 08:14 PM
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ICE_MONKEY on Aug 22, 2011, 02:07 PM
I just picked up 2 pairs of down hill skis today for making a couple of smitty's sleds for lakes that 4 wheelers are not permitted on. Can't wait for hard water!!!! Great ideas on this thread!!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: musky8it on Aug 23, 2011, 11:15 PM
I love the idea of both the sled and the ice pole holders, do they ever tangle up? have you had one come out when you went to a drift or anything?

Thanks,
DZ

Bob, if your question about rods tangleing is at me. No, I haven't had any tangle, I always make sure the hooks are in the rod eyes and the line is tight, if the line is not tight the hooks can come loose and get tangled.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: musky8it on Aug 23, 2011, 11:23 PM
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Great looking sled and nice addition on the handle, looks like you modeled it after mine. A little advice here if your sled carries a wide shanty or lots of stuff. I made my first one with a narrow platform like yours and had allot of trouble with things falling off, even with bungy cords. The 2nd one I made shown on page 14 is a wide platform. Its allot better and my shanty does not shift anymore. Can't wait until the ice is back on, I prefer ice over the wet stuff.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinnut on Sep 17, 2011, 11:58 AM
Reading this thread I think I have an improvement to the Smitty sled. Instead of using the bolts to pin the crossbars to the ski uprights why not just use 2x6's  for crossbars and make a notch to match the notch on the upright. The crossbar would stand on its side not flat. This would create a nice tight slip joint. Crossbar would hang over ends about 4 inches for strength and would make a good place to tie bungees to.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Sep 21, 2011, 12:05 PM
I just wanted to thank Smity for this great idea. I live in Colorado and found this site while searching for hours looking for an idea on how to put skis on my Quick Flip 2.  I got my sled built a couple of days ago,yea no ice for another 2 + months but I wanted to be ready when it gets here. Here is my sled. http://s1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa414/lefty2053/?action=view&current=169.jpg

Yes it is all black.  THANKS AGIAN Smity.!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Sep 21, 2011, 04:11 PM
I just wanted to thank Smity for this great idea. I live in Colorado and found this site while searching for hours looking for an idea on how to put skis on my Quick Flip 2.  I got my sled built a couple of days ago,yea no ice for another 2 + months but I wanted to be ready when it gets here. Here is my sled. http://s1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa414/lefty2053/?action=view&current=169.jpg

Yes it is all black.  THANKS AGIAN Smity.!

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Looks good.. will save you a lot of work...  Welcome to Ice Shanty !!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: barkman49 on Sep 21, 2011, 08:16 PM
hi everyone I am planning on building a new sled this fall hope to have photos when done . Took ideas from some sleds here and will add my own. :-\
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Mainedog on Sep 21, 2011, 09:57 PM
Curbside skis; old unused Thule roof rack and some angle aluminum to serve as mount points on the skis for the racks.
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ICE_MONKEY on Sep 22, 2011, 01:32 AM
I don't have any pics but I just built 2 and can't wait to use them!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Rockrobsta on Sep 22, 2011, 06:49 AM
Nice job. Looks good!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: DasRottweiler on Sep 22, 2011, 06:55 AM
Curbside skis; old unused Thule roof rack and some angle aluminum to serve as mount points on the skis for the racks.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v216/Mainedog/skisled2_small.jpg)

Stole yer idea Dog last year, same Thule rack, different skis!  TY!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: afwrestler1986 on Sep 22, 2011, 02:15 PM
How do the skis hold up on asphalt?  Only reason I ask is because there are several places that have parking a fair distance from the lake access and the roads are not always snow covered. I would imagine that they would get pretty beat if they were to be dragged for any distance.  ???
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Sep 22, 2011, 03:20 PM
How do the skis hold up on asphalt?  Only reason I ask is because there are several places that have parking a fair distance from the lake access and the roads are not always snow covered. I would imagine that they would get pretty beat if they were to be dragged for any distance.  ???

That is a pretty good question I can not answer as I haven't tried mine out yet. I have such areas that there is no snow and sometimes gravel to drag across. I think I will drag the hut across that until I get to snow or ice.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Mainedog on Sep 22, 2011, 08:53 PM

Stole yer idea Dog last year, same Thule rack, different skis!  TY!

It's not stealing, Das.  It's SHARING!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IceBalls on Sep 22, 2011, 09:20 PM
I've just got to ask this.......  I made a similar setup a couple of years ago, except.. instead of making the two cross-bars, I bolted the "risers" directly to the bottom of my Jet Sled to make a "permanent" installation.  Problem I immediately noticed was that the whole assembly was unstable in a side-to-side movement, and when traversing up or down small, uneven, hills (while getting on or off the ice) the whole thing tended to oveturn.  Has this been a problem with the "Smitty Sled"????  Does it "wobble" side-to-side ???  I gave up on the idea and now use conduit pipe for runners, about 18" above the snow, and removeable for transport.  I like the way the "Smitty Ssled" looks and would like to have one.....if it does not display the above characteristics.   
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Sep 22, 2011, 09:27 PM
i have not had a problem as you describe. have not heard anyone else having that problem. the only possible issue is if you make it too high and the skiis are not set far enuf apart, it will become top heavy. just pure physics.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: walleye tattoo on Sep 22, 2011, 09:35 PM
The one thing I have learned is to point the skies alittle in at the front. It stops the sled
from wandering so much and that can be a big thing going fast over the ice and snow.JMO.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Sep 22, 2011, 09:39 PM
I've just got to ask this.......  I made a similar setup a couple of years ago, except.. instead of making the two cross-bars, I bolted the "risers" directly to the bottom of my Jet Sled to make a "permanent" installation.  Problem I immediately noticed was that the whole assembly was unstable in a side-to-side movement, and when traversing up or down small, uneven, hills (while getting on or off the ice) the whole thing tended to oveturn.  Has this been a problem with the "Smitty Sled"????  Does it "wobble" side-to-side ???  I gave up on the idea and now use conduit pipe for runners, about 18" above the snow, and removeable for transport.  I like the way the "Smitty Ssled" looks and would like to have one.....if it does not display the above characteristics.

Sounds like you have the ski's too close together... 
Mine works great..  Much easier to pull my gear onto the ice.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: danakaiggy on Sep 22, 2011, 11:12 PM
here are some pics of my sled
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi69.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fi53%2Fdanakaiggy%2Fice%2520fishing%2F100_0059.jpg&hash=e28a9b9d695b0b100e75ef9887f59477)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi69.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fi53%2Fdanakaiggy%2Fice%2520fishing%2F100_0058.jpg&hash=49c6e9ca0b9e76d12c932f8d972f919f)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi69.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fi53%2Fdanakaiggy%2Fice%2520fishing%2F100_0057.jpg&hash=2be689186d19ad7d7ceb8300c9367ee6)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Sep 23, 2011, 06:29 AM
danakaiggy, I like that strip in the center and the double notches on the wood. What is it you used for the center strip? Some kind of plastic I guess.

Have you had yours on gravel or Pavement? And do you wax the skis yearly? I plan on getting some liquid wax or Paste Wax for mine.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: petrgill on Sep 23, 2011, 08:45 AM
We made a sled for the Clam last year and a "coffin" for the rest of the gear.  Used shelving aluminum, real lightweight and doesn't rot or rust.  Milk crate for propane unscrews for travel in the truck.


(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rifishfinder.com%2Fusers%2Fp%2Fpetrgill%2Fphotos%2F1286902318_sZM9wsA6t_thumb.jpg&hash=6852de6604efce07007ba9b1a9e16916)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rifishfinder.com%2Fusers%2Fp%2Fpetrgill%2Fphotos%2F1286902298_iBLl3zmi1_thumb.jpg&hash=04b04bf6a1f0f75e08bfb6a79b83d46e)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rifishfinder.com%2Fusers%2Fp%2Fpetrgill%2Fphotos%2F1286901991_vYh8vi9RN_thumb.jpg&hash=d07e4003abfd55cf2539b5365d782bb2)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rifishfinder.com%2Fusers%2Fp%2Fpetrgill%2Fphotos%2F1292871775_8gKcPhUm5_thumb.jpg&hash=d439a6a7713df3e563e10c4ab8a1377b)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rifishfinder.com%2Fusers%2Fp%2Fpetrgill%2Fphotos%2F1292871750_1ZiVJ6OgT_thumb.jpg&hash=9a3f40c9d18b5fad6e52d63077516f1e)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: danakaiggy on Sep 23, 2011, 03:32 PM
Lefty the strip in the middle is a roll up sled.  The reason I put that there is in deep fluffy snow it would sink to deep and the front bar would act as a plow. (learned lesson).  The two notches are from me trying to make the supports sit higher.  if I made it again I would use taller boards, also don't cut too close to the edge the wood snaps at the ends when real cold.  I drag it across anything because I have 3 extra sets of skis.  Bought 4 pair of skis last year for 10 bucks for all.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Sep 23, 2011, 06:25 PM
Yea the wife looked at that and told me it was a roll up sled for kids. I think I will get me one. Good idea.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mr_mojo on Nov 07, 2011, 05:56 PM
I have one of the wild outdoors sleds and was thinking of putting skis underneath it. I found a pair for 15 bucks finally, but they feel as heavy as my sled. I'm thinking that putting heavy skis under my sled and filling it with gear may defeat any advantage the skis would provide.

Does anyone else have one of these type, or the otter sled or similar with skis underneath it? Just wondering if it would pull easier with them or if it's not worth it since the front of the sled is high and angled.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: dawnordusk1 on Nov 07, 2011, 06:12 PM
I'm using cross country skis to pull my 2 man clam out on the ice this year. Sure hope mine rides along as nice as yours does.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bluemountainlaker on Nov 10, 2011, 10:40 AM
love all these ideas. im gonna make a simmple sled for my shappele 4000. how high should i buils my sled for it dosent dig into the snow?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 11, 2011, 10:33 AM
love all these ideas. im gonna make a simmple sled for my shappele 4000. how high should i buils my sled for it dosent dig into the snow?

I used 2x6's on the uprights for mine.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bluemountainlaker on Nov 11, 2011, 11:05 AM
ok thats perfect. i got some rough cut lumber out back. im gonna start today ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Husker95 on Nov 11, 2011, 04:52 PM
Great ideas guys.  I'm getting ready to build one of these ski platforms as well.  How are you mounting the wood to the skis themselves?  Are you using a really good epoxy or screwing them down someway?  Thanks.


Husker
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 11, 2011, 06:50 PM
Great ideas guys.  I'm getting ready to build one of these ski platforms as well.  How are you mounting the wood to the skis themselves?  Are you using a really good epoxy or screwing them down someway?  Thanks.


Husker

I used wood screws and inset them.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 11, 2011, 07:10 PM
Wood screws.....countersunk . Everyone remember the long tow rope makes things alot easier. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Husker95 on Nov 11, 2011, 07:31 PM
OK..............I see you are going in from the bottom.  I kept thinking about how i was going to go in from the top with a screw without ruining the smoothness of the ski on the bottom.  Thanks guys. 


HUsker95
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 11, 2011, 07:44 PM
Wood screws.....countersunk . Everyone remember the long tow rope makes things alot easier. Smitty

I bought some good new rope for mine and made it plenty long. I would guess about 8 feet.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 11, 2011, 07:53 PM
16 foot rope for an 8 foot lead
how's that for an old guy, Smitty?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 12, 2011, 07:18 AM
16 foot rope for an 8 foot lead
how's that for an old guy, Smitty?
That will be just right, that's about what I have. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 12, 2011, 07:27 AM
That will be just right, that's about what I have. Smitty

When I said 8 foot that is what I have for a lead. So yes 16 Ft of rope. Or (FOR)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 12, 2011, 02:24 PM
Yes...16ft total.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: $ignmoney on Nov 12, 2011, 10:06 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi875.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fab319%2Fsignmoney%2F2000haulerloaded.jpg&hash=5ae2173e835351f481b994178853ad91)

 THANKS to Smitty I built this last year. It works great but I need it to come apart like the original Smitty sled.It takes up to much room in my truck with a cap the way it is. A few mods to it and I should be ready to go
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: just mike on Nov 13, 2011, 08:29 AM
I love the ingenuity of cheap fisherman. I have pop up with no floor so I modified a tobogan with folding sideboard. It haul everything then the sides fold down to become the floor. Twenty bucks total.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Nov 13, 2011, 09:01 AM
Got my skis. Now just need to start building. Just one question...are wood screws plenty strong enough to mount the skis to the risers? I was thinking of using deck lag screws for more strength. I've only seen a few pics of the bottom of the skis showing how they are attached. What's your experience with wood screws?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bluemountainlaker on Nov 13, 2011, 11:38 AM
deffinitly screw through the bottom!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 13, 2011, 01:07 PM
jbird, imagine what happens when you have screw heads sticking out of the bottom of your boots and you are walking on the ice - non-slip cuz the screw heads are are dragging. this type of surface on the bottom of the skiis will make it impossible to drag the sledon ice and snow. wood screws, countersunk flush with the bottom of the ski's surface is the way to go. i used 3 #10 2 1/2" wood screws per upright and no problem. be sure to pre-drill the pilot holes or you'll be stripping a ton of screws before you're done. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 13, 2011, 01:12 PM
Got my skis. Now just need to start building. Just one question...are wood screws plenty strong enough to mount the skis to the risers? I was thinking of using deck lag screws for more strength. I've only seen a few pics of the bottom of the skis showing how they are attached. What's your experience with wood screws?
I used just plain ol' 3" wood screws, they have held up just fine for me.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mr_mojo on Nov 13, 2011, 01:55 PM
(http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab319/signmoney/2000haulerloaded.jpg)

 THANKS to Smitty I built this last year. It works great but I need it to come apart like the original Smitty sled.It takes up to much room in my truck with a cap the way it is. A few mods to it and I should be ready to go

What did you use for the struts there?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Wounded Rabbit on Nov 13, 2011, 02:15 PM
Great rig you got yourself there!....nothing beats the feeling of using gear that you improved yourself...whether it be a home made sled...Bob House...ect...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Nov 13, 2011, 03:23 PM
How do you cut the notch in the riser if you don't have a table saw? I guess I could drill pilot holes tangent to the edges and use a jig saw to cut trough the webbing between the holes. I am not good at wood working so keep that in mind.

How long do you make the risers? 8", 10", 12"?

And 2x6 or 2x4 for risers?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 13, 2011, 03:33 PM
What did you use for the struts there?
smitty used 2x4. i used 2x6 for uprights and 2x4 for cross bars. bought the lumber from home depot from their scrap pile. paid $1 for the 2x6 Board and .50 for the 2x4
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 13, 2011, 03:46 PM
12" long risers. you can use a circular saw to cut the risers. nail them together 1st 2, then 3rd and then 4th. just make sure they're even. mark your cut for the cross bars. set your depth on the blade and make your 2 cuts for the width of your 2x4. remember a 2x4 is not really 2" x 4". the dimentions are actually smaller. make several more passes. if you make them close enuf, you can just knock them out. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: idtrout on Nov 13, 2011, 04:15 PM
Couple of ?'s i currently pull a jet sled by hand loaded with my stuff when i go ice fishing. I don't have a ATV or snowmobile, so for those who are like me. If i built this sled and put my jet sled on top, does it make pulling my gear onto the ice easier. I also just bought a new Eskimo pop-up so my sled is getting full and I'm looking at other options B-4 to avoid buying a bigger jet sled. Also how does the sled pull if there is new snow. Any feedback/suggestions would be appreciated.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 13, 2011, 04:16 PM
How do you cut the notch in the riser if you don't have a table saw? I guess I could drill pilot holes tangent to the edges and use a jig saw to cut trough the webbing between the holes. I am not good at wood working so keep that in mind.

How long do you make the risers? 8", 10", 12"?

And 2x6 or 2x4 for risers?
I cut my knotches with a jig saw, 2x4's are enough in my opinion, have never had a problem yet, remember,  more wood = more weight.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 13, 2011, 04:24 PM
Couple of ?'s i currently pull a jet sled by hand loaded with my stuff when i go ice fishing. I don't have a ATV or snowmobile, so for those who are like me. If i built this sled and put my jet sled on top, does it make pulling my gear onto the ice easier. I also just bought a new Eskimo pop-up so my sled is getting full and I'm looking at other options B-4 to avoid buying a bigger jet sled. Also how does the sled pull if there is new snow. Any feedback/suggestions would be appreciated.
With just 2 skies literally on the ice/snow, you have less "drag", thus pulling easier, skies are way more slippery than the bottom of a dull plastic bottom of any jet sled. I put probably 75lbs of stuff on mine and you wouldn't know it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 13, 2011, 04:39 PM
did try 2x4 but i had it flat rather than vertical. 2" was better than draggin the sled. 4" would have been better. went 6" as i thought this would be better in the deep snow. can't compare with the 4" since i did not try it, but the 6" works great.
idtrout - i drag mine by hand as well. my sled is loaded with a 25# power auger, 2 gallons of water in the minnow bucket (20#), the rest of my gear + junk + food/coffee (10-20#). pulls like a dream! almost like draggin an empty sled.
can't thank Smitty enough!
'
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Nov 13, 2011, 10:07 PM
Couple of ?'s i currently pull a jet sled by hand loaded with my stuff when i go ice fishing. I don't have a ATV or snowmobile, so for those who are like me. If i built this sled and put my jet sled on top, does it make pulling my gear onto the ice easier. I also just bought a new Eskimo pop-up so my sled is getting full and I'm looking at other options B-4 to avoid buying a bigger jet sled. Also how does the sled pull if there is new snow. Any feedback/suggestions would be appreciated.
I also pull by hand..  and just as other has said..  the "smitty Sled" makes things so much easier..  the ski's glide on the ice / snow.  the only time I get bogged down is when going through deeper snow as I made mine from 2x4's, So I only have about 4" of clearance.
    I built a "portable" hard side which also sits on ski's.. over 100 lbs and it is pretty easy to pull.. even for an out of shape, older guy...
http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=154057.msg1506422#msg1506422 (http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=154057.msg1506422#msg1506422)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 14, 2011, 07:18 AM
hey, beaverfishing - how heavy is that thing loaded? pretty neat looking. hole in the floor for jiggin?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Nov 15, 2011, 03:31 PM
It weighs around 100 pounds..  loaded weight would depend on what all you wanna bring with ya..  1 pound propane tank ..or a 20 ? ....food , beer, gas / hand auger ??.. it all adds up..

If I had it to do over I'd use 3mm as opposed to 5mm   It would be a bit lighter.... but there again I'd probably make it bigger too,  which would off set the weight savings...
The "box" with the doors doesn't have a bottom.  leaves plenty of space for a cpl holes. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: The Busdriver on Nov 15, 2011, 07:21 PM
I Built my Smitty sled this weekend.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1103.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fg472%2F1Busdriver%2FSmittysled3.jpg&hash=12fa6d37dbd9892e32c34b29565eff2d)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Nov 15, 2011, 07:59 PM
Looks good.. but wondering if ya shouldn't taper the auger holder so the snow doesn't catch on it..
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: The Busdriver on Nov 16, 2011, 06:16 AM
Yes, I have thought about that.  Good eye by the way, thanks
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 16, 2011, 08:04 AM
I Built my Smitty sled this weekend.

(http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g472/1Busdriver/Smittysled3.jpg)
Looks great Busdriver!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Nov 20, 2011, 08:38 PM
When mounting to skis, how far out in front of the sled do you want them to stick out? And do you cut them shorter so the skis are not so long?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 21, 2011, 12:33 PM
When mounting to skis, how far out in front of the sled do you want them to stick out? And do you cut them shorter so the skis are not so long?
I cut about 6" off mine so they would fit in my car, don't do it if you don't have to, as far as skis sticking out in front, 2/3 of skis of mine are out front give or take, you want more weight on back end and not nose heavy, this will help keep the ski tips up, see pics of 1st post of this thread. Hope this helps. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 21, 2011, 01:12 PM
When mounting to skis, how far out in front of the sled do you want them to stick out? And do you cut them shorter so the skis are not so long?

Good question. I am not sure where to place them but I went about 12" back from the tips of the skis. If I find it dragging too much I will move them back.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Nov 21, 2011, 04:20 PM
Well I got mine built today but need to make a few modifications. I need to cut the angle on my riser. I tried with my circular saw but the boards are only 12" long and I didn't have any way to hold on to the board while cutting it. I have a pair of Rossignol skis just like smitty. I located my first riser on the letter "I" in Rossignol. I'll post pictures when I get them.

I used 2x6's for the risers and I found a board that was 1 7/8"W x 1 1/8 Thick for the Bridge. I have to find a rope and some straps or bungees to hold my sled on top.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: panfisherman on Nov 21, 2011, 04:56 PM
Nice JOB BusDriver. Do you have any closer shots. Fish On!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Homemade on Nov 21, 2011, 05:14 PM
I'd like to add my smitty-esque sleds to this great thread. I built two interchangeable platforms to attach to the same set of skis.

Sled 1. For dragging out the Shappell 3000dx (or just feeling real patriotic)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi665.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fvv19%2Frobpignatiello%2FIce%2520fishing%2F103_3215.jpg&hash=301bcb00952f88f8befcb30709ab8f36)

Sled 2. For lightweight running and gunning
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi665.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fvv19%2Frobpignatiello%2FIce%2520fishing%2F103_3213.jpg&hash=3e626b62b978773cf64cb3ea3cbee797)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi665.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fvv19%2Frobpignatiello%2FIce%2520fishing%2F103_3214.jpg&hash=caf2033faf6e70290efed08a769de0e1)

Jbird: I have about 12" from ski tip to upright. The longer the skis the easier they will slide. Your vehicle being the determining factor.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: iwantone2.4 on Nov 21, 2011, 05:23 PM
Love it Homemade my man ;D
Great looking sled !!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Homemade on Nov 21, 2011, 06:38 PM
Thanks iwantone.
Just a quick tip for those wanting to build their sleds on uprights higher than 2 x 4... say 2 x 6 or 2 x 8 but are concerned with added weight (as Smitty rightfully pointed out). You could always skelotonize the wider lumber and add thin side panels to keep the snow out. On mine I used a hole saw but kept material in the center where the bolt goes through. I then glued 6mm side panels to it.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi665.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fvv19%2Frobpignatiello%2FIce%2520fishing%2FImage009.jpg&hash=df64c9904a34c5512f695bbfd20b6d34)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 21, 2011, 06:42 PM
I'd like to add my smitty-esque sleds to this great thread. I built two interchangeable platforms to attach to the same set of skis.

Sled 1. For dragging out the Shappell 3000dx (or just feeling real patriotic)
(http://i665.photobucket.com/albums/vv19/robpignatiello/Ice%20fishing/103_3215.jpg)

Sled 2. For lightweight running and gunning
(http://i665.photobucket.com/albums/vv19/robpignatiello/Ice%20fishing/103_3213.jpg)
(http://i665.photobucket.com/albums/vv19/robpignatiello/Ice%20fishing/103_3214.jpg)

Jbird: I have about 12" from ski tip to upright. The longer the skis the easier they will slide. Your vehicle being the determining factor.
So do you bring along cut down cross country ski poles and just sit on the second sled and push yourself around? Just kidding. Looks great.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: The Busdriver on Nov 21, 2011, 07:29 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1103.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fg472%2F1Busdriver%2FSmittysled5.jpg&hash=38404fe73c538f762a148ec2ae337230)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1103.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fg472%2F1Busdriver%2FSmittysled4.jpg&hash=b4174fbbe452ff33dfbea7594269c3db)
I hope these will work for you Panfisherman,  I would be glad to take some more pics and post if you would like.  Tight Lines
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: panfisherman on Nov 22, 2011, 05:04 PM
Thank's Busdriver. Fish On.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Lobes on Nov 22, 2011, 06:28 PM
These sleds are really getting good. No doubt Smitty hit on a dynamite design here. This is like the ultimate in icefishing technology because they are cheap, easily built by nearly anyone, and can be modified to meet the needs of just about everyone. Whenever I see one of these I'll know it's another Iceshanty.com person out there.
Keep the pictures coming.

                                                                 :tipup:
NBG
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Nov 22, 2011, 06:34 PM
I think I paid the most for nuts and bolts. ($8)

Skis were donated from a friend.
Wood I had left over from a deck project and stuff in the garage from when we moved in.

I haven't shortened the skis yet. I am going to try them out at full length first.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frontiernet.net%2F%7Ejaycub%2FSmitty_Sled01.JPG&hash=8b6c90c68ea6b01253ffc56e35f889af)

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: wipike on Nov 22, 2011, 07:29 PM
Getting ready to build my first Smitty Sled, couple quick questions for everyone -

I found a set of old kid's XC ski's in the garbage that look like the perfect length, but they've got that traction cut in the middle for kicking off. 

Would it be better to use them, or just use some bent up conduit that I've got laying around?  I'm still looking for a free set of downhill ski's.

 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 22, 2011, 08:13 PM
anything on XC skiis for taction should have no effect on moving forward
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: flyfisherman83 on Nov 22, 2011, 10:22 PM
love it i am making one like this now
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: cherokee545 on Nov 24, 2011, 04:17 PM
Well it was so nice here in Illinois today I decided to make a sled also. Who knows when I will ever get  to use it with these warm temps we wont have ice any time soon. Thanks for the design Smitty.
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: gearheart on Nov 24, 2011, 06:08 PM
It is still warm here too. I will be building mine this weekend.  We get deep enough snow up here that I am going for12" of clearance below the platform.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 25, 2011, 02:25 PM
Everyone's doing a great job! Keep it up! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 25, 2011, 03:23 PM
is this the longest running thread, or what! Nice going, Smitty!. awesome!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: gaspumper on Dec 06, 2011, 07:22 PM
TTT
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: h2.0shaver on Dec 06, 2011, 07:43 PM
Great Idea THX Smitty. Im debating on how high to build this thing. Im gonna stick close to the original sled but was wondering if there is an advantage to using 2x8 over 2x4 due to snow= more clearance.  Or IS it enough to just get the "tub styles" off of the ice? Got alot of snow last year/
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Homemade on Dec 06, 2011, 08:49 PM
In deep snow it's not enough to just get the tub above the ice you want it above the snow to prevent it from plowing. The skis will ride above the ice on the snow but will sink some. How high should you go on the risers? Well it depends on the weight of your load and the surface area of your skis. For my sled I used 2 x 6 risers and Its never plowed even in the deepest snow. My skis are cut down short but I get away with it because I tend to pack light. Others who pack heavy might chime in on needing the extra height of 2 x 8s but 2 x 6s work for me
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: one last cast on Dec 06, 2011, 09:15 PM
made a smitty today with what i had laying around in the garage and added some hindges to the crossbraces, still need to get the tow rope and some eye bolts. also gonna see how it works with the 2x4's may upgrade to 2x6's when the snow comes. -olc
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frigidaire on Dec 08, 2011, 12:46 PM

After first seeing one of these late last season I built one in late March.  Still waiting to use it. The skis are 185cm.  I picked them up at a Volunteers of America thrift store for $2.50.  Then I had to shell out six bucks to buy a jumbo #3 phillips head screwdriver to get the bindings off. (Hardest part of the project.)  The crossbars are 2x3 planks from a packing case being thrown out at work (free).  Unfortunately they were warpped in both directions and had a bit of helical twist as well.  Just enough to make cutting the notches to fit difficult.  When assembled, it tended to scissor a bit.  The addition of the inside angle braces really tightened things up nicely, but added a few bucks more to the cost.  The 16 foot tow rope was about $7.00 more.  The uprights are 2x8", 14" at base, 10" at top. Total cost about $25.00 for materials. Outside dimmensions: accross the uprights 30in, front to back of crossbars 30in. My tie down straps are a bit too fat for screweyes, so I used drawer pulls from Lowes (another $6.00).  The sled was sized to cary a Clam scout pro.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Dec 08, 2011, 03:01 PM
After first seeing one of these late last season I built one in late March.  Still waiting to use it. The skis are 185cm.  I picked them up at a Volunteers of America thrift store for $2.50.  Then I had to shell out six bucks to buy a jumbo #3 phillips head screwdriver to get the bindings off. (Hardest part of the project.)  The crossbars are 2x3 planks from a packing case being thrown out at work (free).  Unfortunately they were warpped in both directions and had a bit of helical twist as well.  Just enough to make cutting the notches to fit difficult.  When assembled, it tended to scissor a bit.  The addition of the inside angle braces really tightened things up nicely, but added a few bucks more to the cost.  The 16 foot tow rope was about $7.00 more.  The uprights are 2x8", 14" at base, 10" at top. Total cost about $25.00 for materials. Outside dimmensions: accross the uprights 30in, front to back of crossbars 30in. My tie down straps are a bit too fat for screweyes, so I used drawer pulls from Lowes (another $6.00).  The sled was sized to cary a Clam scout pro.

Looks good.. Had you used two bolts on each end of the crossbars, there wouldn't have been as much scissor action...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jascpa099 on Dec 08, 2011, 03:39 PM
It wouldn't be a season with the "Smitty Sled" thread coming back to life... whats it been...three years and running?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: doug1460 on Dec 08, 2011, 04:30 PM
Here is my sled I have been using for a couple years (photo from last year). I made some updates to it incase we finally get some ice and no snow. I borrowed the wheels off the lawnmower. Don't mow in the winter anyhow.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Dec 08, 2011, 07:21 PM
I did something similar with wheels on mine.  Ill try to get it out and shoot some pictures this weekend.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Willhound on Dec 09, 2011, 06:19 AM
made a smitty today with what i had laying around in the garage and added some hindges to the crossbraces, still need to get the tow rope and some eye bolts. also gonna see how it works with the 2x4's may upgrade to 2x6's when the snow comes. -olc
(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l71/rorobxb/007-2.jpg)
(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l71/rorobxb/008-3.jpg)

I like the hinge mod. Folds for transport.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: guardbr8kr on Dec 09, 2011, 05:52 PM
Made my "Smitty Sled" today.  Bring on the ice  already!!!

http://i42.tinypic.com/fmkq2u.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/vsjndw.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/9isrxf.jpg
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Dec 09, 2011, 06:30 PM
Just a little help...

Made my "Smitty Sled" today.  Bring on the ice  already!!!

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 11, 2011, 09:36 AM
Great job guys! Can't wait to get mine out, just need some colder temps..
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: abbatoys on Dec 11, 2011, 10:10 AM
I made my basic smitty sled 2 years ago and it works great. Got a power auger now and I am wondering if anyone has a mod to transport it. I have a fish trap I put on it, but was thinking of a couple arms or something to carry the auger as I have no room in the tub for it.....Scott
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: NYSporty on Dec 12, 2011, 06:27 AM
My qf3 was going to be a pain in the a$$ when on foot with just my med. jet sled so I figured one of these would be good it will hold the heater, tank, lights, pan and food it will go in the pop up and used as a table.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: DR.SPECKLER on Dec 12, 2011, 07:14 AM
im looking at goodwills for cheap skis for another smitty sled with a big rubbermaid tote to put on one.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: h2.0shaver on Dec 20, 2011, 10:48 PM
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I finally got my Smitty Sled done. I went with 2x8 risers and 2x4 runners. I used a wooden dowel set up so that I can choose between a 24",28" or 32" sled. I will probably use it most on the 24" setting. Thank you Smitty0312 for a Genius Idea
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bluemountainlaker on Dec 21, 2011, 01:28 PM
ok so i have a shappelle dx 4000. could someone put up a product list of what they used if they have a dx 4000. thanks. i just cant pull it anymore. im worryed about the width and fitting the skis in my blazer
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Bullelk34 on Dec 21, 2011, 02:29 PM
BML- it breaks down, so you could fit it inside with no problems. You could even strap the skis on top of your blazer if space was really tight.

I took a few days off work and was cleaning the garage today and came across some old skis, so now I guess I'm on the Smitty bandwagon too! Got the lumber cut, just need some hardware now. I'll post pix when it's done of course  ;)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bluemountainlaker on Dec 21, 2011, 02:33 PM
ok cool. il get buildin soon then
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Bullelk34 on Dec 21, 2011, 05:51 PM
Mission accoplished- thanks Smitty! Carpentry was never my strong suit, but I think I did OK. I think I spaced the brackets too far apart, see the picture with my medium otter.. No big deal though, I plan on devising 2 front-to-back supports. I'm thinking of drillling holes in the cross braces to accept 1/2 conduit, no other hardware will be needed. I made my pulling rope plenty long, and drilled out part of an elk antler for the handle.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kazz22 on Dec 21, 2011, 07:27 PM
thanks for the Idea and great pics
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Jim F on Dec 24, 2011, 03:50 PM
After scoring a used Frabill Ultra lite and reading about how hard they are to pull in the snow,
I grabbed a pair of 5$ skis form the Salvation Army store yesterday and built me a smitty
The metal tubing for the frame and legs is salvaged form one of those
Costco car tents that got blown over and destroyed, very light weight.
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv313%2FJames64%2Fsled.jpg&hash=da54be4a0ec55a7c4fc3563a01738da5)

Loaded with the house and gear, VERY easy towing  @)
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Thanks for the great idea smitty!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: phoenix5724 on Dec 24, 2011, 04:31 PM
I want to make something break down style like that this year as well, lOoksstable.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Bear32 on Dec 25, 2011, 03:40 PM
I see allot of you guys mounting your sleds on top of your smitty sleds. Do you find this method easier to pull? Also do you find them to become top heavy?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Jim F on Dec 25, 2011, 08:45 PM
on bare ice, not much difference, on 1-2 inches of snow the difference is
HUGE  ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Mike47 on Dec 26, 2011, 09:54 AM
Great idea!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: trout-chaser on Dec 26, 2011, 11:53 AM
What about using old water skis?  they are fatter and a short kids pair would be great. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Dec 26, 2011, 01:11 PM
water skiis - wider surface. the more surface on the snow, the more drag. drag is what you're trying to minimize.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Dec 26, 2011, 06:51 PM
Here is mine.  Some of the lakes I like to get at require a little bit of a walk over some snowless trails and or parking areas, so I built some wheels into the design.
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All totaled I probably invested less than $25 bucks total.

All lumber pieces and screws are left over from a deck rebuild, wheels are from Harbor Freight on sale at $4 each, skis were from the side of the road on junk day, eye loops and spring pins from a hardware store at $1.60 a piece. The larger pneumatic tires help with potholes and smooth things out to avoid spilling the bait.

I wish I could find air filled tires with a plastic hub to lighten things a bit but this thing rolls and pulls like a dream as it is. The wheels come off with one spring pin, and the whole thing collapses down. No tools needed.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Dec 26, 2011, 07:04 PM
wheels will work on ice as well
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Dec 26, 2011, 07:36 PM
That's just too cool. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: nocod on Dec 26, 2011, 08:30 PM
love the wheels,I may adapt mine for ice travel.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: CB22 on Dec 26, 2011, 11:03 PM
I built my Smitty Sled last year and I wouldn't trade it for any other sled.  Skis from Goodwill for $5, scrap wood and about $8 in hardware.  Not real fancy compared to others but it absolutely works!

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: pikeking on Dec 26, 2011, 11:15 PM
they all look cool, but think if you have to pull it through deep snow it will be more like a plow if it's to low to the ice.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ship of fools on Dec 27, 2011, 08:08 AM
they all look cool, but think if you have to pull it through deep snow it will be more like a plow if it's to low to the ice.

the skis will ride on top of the bulk of the snow ...... i've been out with more than a foot of snow and had no issues  ;)

in areas with crazy heavy snowfall i would think instead of a 2x4 or 2x6 you might want a 2x10 on the skis to lift the platform up.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bubbahide on Dec 28, 2011, 12:39 PM
I've been looking to build my own Smitty sled this year. I've been wondering how are you guys attaching the blocks of wood to the skies? I would assume your using some type of bolts or even lag bolts. Whats the best way to do this.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: dsp2 on Dec 28, 2011, 12:41 PM
I put deck screws up thru the bottom, and countersink them.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bubbahide on Dec 28, 2011, 12:51 PM
That's what I was thinking you know what the old saying is measure twice and cut once. the way the weather is around here I may not even get out this year. Thanks for the quick response. 

PS old man winter needs to grab a set.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Dec 28, 2011, 03:51 PM
I used 3" decking screws countersunk from the bottom of the skis.  On one model I epoxed over the heads to help protect the screw heads from rusting, but that's just overkill.  My latest rendition just has countersunk screw heads. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: SteveM on Dec 28, 2011, 03:58 PM
Thanks for the great ideas.  I think I'm going to build a new sled.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 28, 2011, 04:25 PM
Thanks for the great ideas.  I think I'm going to build a new sled.
You won't regret it ever.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Dec 28, 2011, 05:04 PM
You won't regret it ever.

Its a sickness.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: zooplankton on Dec 28, 2011, 05:10 PM
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: gaspumper on Dec 28, 2011, 06:38 PM
KB where does the drive motor mount?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: eriksat1 on Dec 28, 2011, 07:11 PM
I'm ready to build a second one, I bought 2 Head down hill ski's at a good will store for $5 I never thought to look there for ski's.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Dec 29, 2011, 04:02 AM
KB where does the drive motor mount?

I thought that to myself as well.  I figure my next add on would be integrating my auger motor and a steering wheel!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: gaspumper on Jan 01, 2012, 05:40 PM
There are lots at our goodwill stores here also $3.00-10.00 bucks.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Jan 03, 2012, 04:19 AM
Here is the first one I built with an old set of lawnmower wheels:

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Wheels just make life easier.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Jan 03, 2012, 05:10 AM
BTW, why isnt this thread a sticky?  Or at least a link placed into a 'most helpful collection'?  Its one of the most informative ones out here. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: CB22 on Jan 03, 2012, 05:39 AM
Love the addition of the wheels.  That is a mod I am going to have to work on. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Jan 03, 2012, 03:03 PM
BTW, why isnt this thread a sticky?  Or at least a link placed into a 'most helpful collection'?  Its one of the most informative ones out here.

Yep, The Smitty Sled has helped Many !!..... Self included !! 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: DasRottweiler on Jan 03, 2012, 03:18 PM
Yup, now I too, will be adding removable lawnmower wheels to my Thule rack "smittysled".  I always revisit this thread , to catch up on the new creations/mods.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Wind Flag on Jan 03, 2012, 04:45 PM
I started my smitty sled this afternoon. Got everything cut to length, just gotta screw it all together.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ASATMillerbluegill on Jan 03, 2012, 06:41 PM
I mounted Rubbermade Fast Track Rails on each side of my jet sled. They come in 4 ft lengths, and the sled is 4 ft. The rubbermade hooks install and remove with ease, so that I can remove for transport. It is awesome to have my auger and shelter out of the sled, so I have organized gear. Thanks for the ski idea smitty! I have to have the sled elevated so that the auger can ride on the side, so I used 2X6's and set the 2X4 on top of them for even more height.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Bullelk34 on Jan 03, 2012, 07:01 PM
Very nice Bill- can you post a few close up pictures of the Rubbermaid track and hooks? I love the idea of the auger and Fatfish on the sides of the sled!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Jan 03, 2012, 07:11 PM
http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/SubCategoryLanding.aspx?SubCatId=FastTrackGarageOrganizationSystem&CatName=GarageOrganization (http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/SubCategoryLanding.aspx?SubCatId=FastTrackGarageOrganizationSystem&CatName=GarageOrganization)

What I great idea. I NEED to do this!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Wind Flag on Jan 03, 2012, 07:32 PM
Thats a great idea. Instead of a jet sled, I bought a smaller mixing mixing tub from Lowes and wasn't sure how I was going to fit everything in.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ASATMillerbluegill on Jan 03, 2012, 07:37 PM
Very nice Bill- can you post a few close up pictures of the Rubbermaid track and hooks? I love the idea of the auger and Fatfish on the sides of the sled!
Thanks, my name is Don though. Next post by mjmeyer shows a link to the product.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ASATMillerbluegill on Jan 03, 2012, 07:39 PM
http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/SubCategoryLanding.aspx?SubCatId=FastTrackGarageOrganizationSystem&CatName=GarageOrganization (http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/SubCategoryLanding.aspx?SubCatId=FastTrackGarageOrganizationSystem&CatName=GarageOrganization)

What I great idea. I NEED to do this!
Thanks for posting the link. Yea, I walked around Lowes for two hrs one day last week, just looking at products and bam, I brainstormed this setup...I flippin love it! They go off and on easily.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Bullelk34 on Jan 03, 2012, 08:24 PM
Thanks, my name is Don though. Next post by mjmeyer shows a link to the product.

Sorry Don! (but can I call you Bill, you look like a Bill to me..... :) )

Again, excellent idea!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ASATMillerbluegill on Jan 03, 2012, 08:31 PM
lol....Bill it is!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Jan 03, 2012, 09:03 PM
love the side brackets! did you reinforce the inside walls or did you use the anchors? Does she come with the brackets?
hey, Don, just a suggestion. do the pretty little lady a favor and drill a hole in the tips of the skiis and lengthen the rope to an 8 foot lead. if you are pulling this thru the snow, pulling the tips lifts the tips and the longer lead makes a world of difference in the drag.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Lac Suel Freak on Jan 03, 2012, 09:32 PM
Do to poular demand these sleds now cost $150.00.lol ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ASATMillerbluegill on Jan 03, 2012, 09:33 PM
Thanks for the rope hookup and length info! I attached the Rubbermaid Fast Track with short bolts, flat washers, and lock washers; that fit the diameter of the holes that are pre-installed with the Fast Track. In my pics, You see a black sliding cover, that covers the bracket and screws, for a clean look. You have to buy each bracket separately, and they have several styles of configurations to choose from. I throw the four brackets in a bucket for transporting to the lakes, and then just place them on the tracks once there. I knew I didn't want hooks or brackets permanently mounted on the sled, as sometimes I pack a buddy's sled in my truck, and brackets on each side during transport would take up too much truck bed space.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ASATMillerbluegill on Jan 03, 2012, 09:34 PM
did you reinforce the inside walls or did you use the anchors?
No reinforcement, I just drilled and mounted
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: alhersch on Jan 07, 2012, 07:02 PM
Finally got around to making my Smitty sled as well this weekend. Been wanting to make one for at least a year now since I found this thread.

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The Sheet metal in the back is made to hold 3 buckets if needed, generally in the past i've only needed 3 buckets but figured if I have something this nice I might have to use 3 buckets...

Al
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 08, 2012, 05:48 AM
Great job Al!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Loggy on Jan 08, 2012, 07:55 AM
Nice lookin custom sleds here!! :tipup:

if i had time would love to build one. I got a Otter Pro which will have to do for now.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Jan 08, 2012, 11:21 AM
Nice lookin custom sleds here!! :tipup:

if i had time would love to build one. I got a Otter Pro which will have to do for now.

They actually take very little time to make..  A few hours is all thats needed...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Jan 11, 2012, 09:04 PM
With downhill skiis having metal edges on them, what do you do to keep them from rusting? Do you polish and then put wax on them?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 11, 2012, 10:46 PM
With downhill skiis having metal edges on them, what do you do to keep them from rusting? Do you polish and then put wax on them?
You don't have to worry about it, at least I don't. I,m going on my 3rd season, and no problems yet.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinnut on Jan 13, 2012, 10:37 AM
Anyone have any pics of a tow bar on a smitty? Looking for some ideas.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: wirenut45 on Jan 13, 2012, 07:50 PM
not being a smart azz, but smitty sleds were designed for hand pulling, so what do you have in mind? just curious.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 14, 2012, 06:29 AM
Anyone have any pics of a tow bar on a smitty? Looking for some ideas.
The original smitty sled is just for hand pulling since nothing is bolted together, however, with mods, anything is possible.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Lobes on Jan 14, 2012, 08:08 AM
I was looking at the tow bar for my medium Otter sled and it looks like it would hook up with just a couple bolts with nuts or even a couple hitch pins.

                                                :tipup:
NBG
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Maggotmuncher on Jan 15, 2012, 12:18 AM
My uncle used a wagon.  Took off the wheels and built a u bracket onto a pair of ski's used the original axles still, with a quick pin to hold the axles in.  Pulled the handle off, and made a new pin, that is long enough for a quick pin too.  Still works for a wagon all summer.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 15, 2012, 08:27 AM
My uncle used a wagon.  Took off the wheels and built a u bracket onto a pair of ski's used the original axles still, with a quick pin to hold the axles in.  Pulled the handle off, and made a new pin, that is long enough for a quick pin too.  Still works for a wagon all summer.
I like the idea, thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: 600RevX on Jan 15, 2012, 10:48 AM
Just finished last weekend- towbar for the sled, long rope for early ice- dragged it all over my yard loaded with gear and 10" of snow  ;D
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only hardware for securing the shelf, tub and crate
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Breaks down like a charm, fits perfect in the truck
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Really, the end result we are all looking for....spicy lime beer battered perch  ;)
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Jan 15, 2012, 11:35 AM
Whats that white stuff on the ground around the sled?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 15, 2012, 01:14 PM
Just finished last weekend- towbar for the sled, long rope for early ice- dragged it all over my yard loaded with gear and 10" of snow  ;D
(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk92/mxzxracer/2012009.jpg)
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only hardware for securing the shelf, tub and crate
(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk92/mxzxracer/2012010.jpg)
Breaks down like a charm, fits perfect in the truck
(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk92/mxzxracer/2012011.jpg)
Really, the end result we are all looking for....spicy lime beer battered perch  ;)
(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk92/mxzxracer/2012002.jpg)
Looks great 600! Hope ya get to use it soon! I'm still waiting too. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IceBalls on Jan 15, 2012, 02:28 PM
Thanks for the rope hookup and length info! I attached the Rubbermaid Fast Track with short bolts, flat washers, and lock washers; that fit the diameter of the holes that are pre-installed with the Fast Track. In my pics, You see a black sliding cover, that covers the bracket and screws, for a clean look. You have to buy each bracket separately, and they have several styles of configurations to choose from. I throw the four brackets in a bucket for transporting to the lakes, and then just place them on the tracks once there. I knew I didn't want hooks or brackets permanently mounted on the sled, as sometimes I pack a buddy's sled in my truck, and brackets on each side during transport would take up too much truck bed space.

ASAT;  My vote goes top you for the best "mod" I've ever seen to a Jet Sled !!!   I'm getting me some of that IMMEDIATELY !!!  I modified my Jet Sled before the Smitty Sled idea came out by installing 4 1-1/4" pipes in each corner of the sled and then made up a "U" shaped skid  out of 1" EMT for each side.  The sled rides about 12" off the ice and glides thru snow like nothing.  Like you, I carry WAY TOO MUCH crap in my sled and the idea of getting my gas augeR and shelter out of the sled is PRICELESS !!!  Thanks for the Best Tip Ever !!!!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Jan 15, 2012, 03:48 PM
Anyone put plywood across the top of their Smitty Sled for days when you don't want to take out you shanty? With this warmer weather I thought I could mount brackets to the plywood so I could carry my bucket, tackle and auger and be very light weight.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 15, 2012, 03:51 PM
Anyone put plywood across the top of their Smitty Sled for days when you don't want to take out you shanty? With this warmer weather I thought I could mount brackets to the plywood so I could carry my bucket, tackle and auger and be very light weight.
Jbird, sure you could, anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: justfine on Jan 15, 2012, 04:52 PM
Anyone put plywood across the top of their Smitty Sled for days when you don't want to take out you shanty? With this warmer weather I thought I could mount brackets to the plywood so I could carry my bucket, tackle and auger and be very light weight.
yep
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: CB22 on Jan 15, 2012, 04:55 PM
Put too much weight on my Smitty Sled and hit a rut at the boat launch down to ice and broke it today.  :'(

Back to the drawing board, next one will be sturdier as I am carrying more gear now. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Jan 15, 2012, 05:32 PM
Due to the lack of ice this year, my sled has found an alternate use:

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k b
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Purple Floyd on Jan 15, 2012, 06:17 PM
Anyone put plywood across the top of their Smitty Sled for days when you don't want to take out you shanty? With this warmer weather I thought I could mount brackets to the plywood so I could carry my bucket, tackle and auger and be very light weight.

I made mine that way. I made min with a permanent frame and 7/16 OSB on top. My suitcase house fits in the back and in front I have a box that holds the tackle box, fishing rods, 2- 5 gallon buckets with padded lid covers etc.

On days like today I either leave the house on the sled or leave it at home. The sled is the perfect size to sit on the 5 gallon buckets while still on the sled. The way I did it I can't break it down like some guys are doing but for what I do it is perfect.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: chevy343 on Jan 17, 2012, 07:46 PM
Added a Hand Auger Rack to the rear of the Smitty Sled....

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: khuy123 on Jan 17, 2012, 08:12 PM
Very nice... Alot better than what's available nowadays unless your willing to shell out $100+
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: iceman_phil on Jan 17, 2012, 08:20 PM
Built mine last week....Tried it this weekend....Pulls so easy it should be illegal!

I will post pics as soon as I can.

Phil
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MattR on Jan 17, 2012, 11:58 PM
Added a Hand Auger Rack to the rear of the Smitty Sled....

(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b104/chevy343/Jigs100.jpg)

Looks like it might be sturdy enough to carry a power auger. Looks nice.

Matt
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 18, 2012, 08:11 AM
Auger rack is a great idea, thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: laclabiche walleye hunter on Jan 18, 2012, 10:51 AM
Looks like it might be sturdy enough to carry a power auger. Looks nice.

Matt

X2 good idea. Looks strong.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinnut on Jan 19, 2012, 09:35 AM
Looks like it might be sturdy enough to carry a power auger. Looks nice.

Matt

Can you post a pic of where it is attached to the sled?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MattR on Jan 19, 2012, 10:24 AM
Can you post a pic of where it is attached to the sled?

Looks like conduit pipe drilled out on the bottom for some wood screws to secure it to the smitty sled. Then holders attached to the top with predrilled holes and some small bolts. Couple of rubber end caps to prevent conduit from snagging or cutting somebody if there is any sharp edges.

Matt
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mtboho on Jan 19, 2012, 10:35 AM
nice!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Ernievdb on Jan 19, 2012, 02:43 PM
I am currently running ideas through my head for building one to be pulled behind a quad. My question to those who pull these with something is: Do you have issues with it being top-heavy and tipping over at reasonable speeds? Also along those lines, would you suggest having the skis run in the same track as the wheels of the quad? Your input is appreciated!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: chevy343 on Jan 19, 2012, 05:27 PM
Looks like conduit pipe drilled out on the bottom for some wood screws to secure it to the smitty sled. Then holders attached to the top with predrilled holes and some small bolts. Couple of rubber end caps to prevent conduit from snagging or cutting somebody if there is any sharp edges.

Matt

Very Good eye Matt...Yes I used 26" lengths of 3/4" conduit and flattened in a vise a little at one end and attached to the back with 1/4x 2-1/2" lag bolts. I made a angle bracket out of 1/2" conduit and attached this to the 3/4" conduit to the top of the 2x4 using 1/4x 2" bolts and 1" x1/4 lag bolt.Also added 7/8" chair leg caps to the top of conduit.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinpo1e1 on Jan 19, 2012, 06:42 PM
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Ice Shack Tips / Re: Shappell DX3000
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I couldn't figure out how to get 6 buckets and other gear in a jet sled and put my DX- 3000 in /on it. So this is what I came up with.


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Shappell DX- 3000
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Underside show 2x4 cross members cut down to 2x2 in middle.
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General Ice Fishing Chit Chat / Re: Smitty built sleds
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3rd try.


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General Ice Fishing Chit Chat / Re: Smitty built sleds
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Trying again:

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General Ice Fishing Chit Chat / Re: Smitty built sleds
« on: January 28, 2010, 07:17:03 PM »
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This is my first attempt to paste a picture using photobucket.

Shown is a "smitty" sled of my own design. It uses cross country skis and 3 sets of risers with a shallow box above to fit the grooves of a Shappell DX-3000. It holds 4 extra buckets in front and two buckets on the shanty. I have more pictures if you have questions.
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinpo1e1 on Jan 19, 2012, 06:51 PM
The sled I made was as wide as a Shappel DX3000 set one groove inside the outside grooves of the shelter floor.. I had a 25" rope for putting around my waist for pulling. When my friend with a 4 wheel ATV would see me huffing out onto the ice , he would fire up the ATV and come help me out.The skis fit the tire tracks perfectly. All I would do is clip the rope in the snap ring and hop on back. Sometimes the sled would run in the tracks of the TV and other times it would take a shortcut in the tighter turns. Either way it was very stable. When slowing down just make a small turn to miss letting the sled hit the ATV.
On warmer days I would leave the shelter home and just strap buckets onto the shallow tray.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Ernievdb on Jan 19, 2012, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the reply fishinpo1e. I am still in the design phase, but I will post some pictures when I get to building it in March.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MattR on Jan 20, 2012, 12:05 AM
Very Good eye Matt...Yes I used 26" lengths of 3/4" conduit and flattened in a vise a little at one end and attached to the back with 1/4x 2-1/2" lag bolts. I made a angle bracket out of 1/2" conduit and attached this to the 3/4" conduit to the top of the 2x4 using 1/4x 2" bolts and 1" x1/4 lag bolt.Also added 7/8" chair leg caps to the top of conduit.

Thanks... I studied the picture of yours for a while before fishinnut asked about it. I did however miss the 1/2" conduit you used to strengthen the 3/4" piece going up. I can see it now once you mentioned it though. My plans for Friday is to make a smitty sled for myself and wanted to have the power auger easy to get at like your design is. Since mine will hold a power auger I might see if I have some 1" conduit around and then build it basically like yours, just one size bigger on the conduit pieces. It is the best auger holder design so far that would fit my needs. Very nice job on yours Chevy343.

Matt
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Jan 21, 2012, 07:37 PM
Finally got my Smitty Sled out for a test run. What a difference!!! On the way down to the lake I almost got run over by my sled as I walked down the hill. Once I got going I had to walk behind the sled holding the rope so it wouldn't go down without me. On the ice was easy as I pulled it over the fresh snow. Up the hilll after fishing was still a chore, but nothing like when I was pulling my shanty by itself. Glad I built it this year.

thanks Smitty.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 22, 2012, 05:46 AM
Finally got my Smitty Sled out for a test run. What a difference!!! On the way down to the lake I almost got run over by my sled and I walked down the hill. Once I got going I had to walk behind the sled holding the rope so it wouldn't go down without me. On the ice was easy as I pulled it over the fresh snow. Up the hilll after fishing was still a chore, but nothing like when I was pulling my shanty by itself. Glad I built it this year.

thanks Smitty.
I'm glad it worked out for you, I knew it would help you a bunch.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: skidly on Jan 22, 2012, 10:50 PM
took mine out today, works like a dream ! thanks for sharing your idea smitty0312 ! I'll post pictures soon.
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Post by: frozengator on Jan 23, 2012, 01:45 AM
Ok, dumb question here. May have been answered earlier but I couldn't find it. The guys that put wheels on, do you take them off across the snow? I like the one with the wood in the sled. It would be nice for going across the parking lot.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: buckzone101 on Jan 23, 2012, 11:18 AM
how far away from the front do you put the first couple of 2x4's and how long are they
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 23, 2012, 11:21 AM
Ok, dumb question here. May have been answered earlier but I couldn't find it. The guys that put wheels on, do you take them off across the snow? I like the one with the wood in the sled. It would be nice for going across the parking lot.
Read this page, should help you.
http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=103927.400 (http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=103927.400)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: skidly on Jan 23, 2012, 02:49 PM
heres mine

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Jan 23, 2012, 07:04 PM
That is exactly why I put them into my build.  I go across allot of parking lots and down trails that may or may not have snow.

Both my sleds have removable wheels. I take the wheels off when I hit deep enough snow.  One sled has lawn mower wheels with short axels, while the other has 1/2 inch ground rods running the full width for heavy duty support.   The wheels come off and the axels slide out with one spring pin each. No tools needed.

My XL jetsled is heavy to begin with. Then add gear, and it's a bear to move. Not so with wheels
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: crappiman2 on Jan 23, 2012, 07:18 PM
Wow.... Tomar will be 3 years of posting on the Smitty sled!!  Congrats Smitty and Happy Anniversary on a great DIY.... This is my first time on this post.. I was sent here from a shanty member after my first outing this sat with my shappell s3000.. We just got 6 inches of snow and started out on my local lake..... I've only made it 10 feet on the lake and left my shanty there with a for sale sign on it. >:( It plowed snow better then my 4 Wheeler... After looking at your design and other members builds/ comments..... My shappell is no longer for sale.. ;D   I've haven't started my build yet.. because I'm searching for skis. today I found 3 sets at a local flea market but they were pricey and I think to short. My only question for you smitty and it might have been posted before is what length are your skis tip to end with the 6 inches cut off.. the shappell is 4 feet long and on your original design the skis look like they protrude out about 2 feet? I'd like to build your original design senice it worked well for you. also hows the shapell shanty holding up.... Thanks again.... ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Prairiegoat on Jan 23, 2012, 08:09 PM
SKIDLY, That is the C-130 of Smitty Sleds. Wow!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 24, 2012, 08:10 AM
Great job guys! Skidly, that's a nice one. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ASATMillerbluegill on Jan 24, 2012, 08:17 AM
Mine setup for my Scout TC. I made myself some quick disconnect buckle/straps for securing to the sled and for easily removing my 8' tow rope

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: wego on Jan 24, 2012, 08:36 AM
great idea
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mojofish on Jan 24, 2012, 10:34 AM
You run your MR. Heater off a 20lbs tank and no fuel filter?
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Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 24, 2012, 11:00 AM
Mine setup for my Scout TC. I made myself some quick disconnect buckle/straps for securing to the sled and for easily removing my 8' tow rope

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Looks fast! Great job!! Thanks for showing us!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jlaclair on Jan 24, 2012, 11:03 AM
built one of these a while back, need to mod it a little, but they work great!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Wyofarmer on Jan 24, 2012, 11:05 AM
Just got finished with mine. Here's a link to the Wyo board so I don't have to post the pics again....http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=214832.0 (http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=214832.0)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: wipike on Jan 24, 2012, 03:17 PM
Made mine on Sunday.   I figured since I do everything out of my Small Team Wild sled anyway, including the sled as a bench most of the time, I just attached the Smittysled directly to the bottom of the wild. 

Thing pulls like a dream, and with 2x8"s holding it up, it's got enough height for my milk crate seat, keeps me out of the slop, and STILL fits in my 2 man popup.  Can't beat that with a stick - I think I may need to move my Glide-lite along if I keep using this one like I am.

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Jan 24, 2012, 03:56 PM
Made mine on Sunday.   I figured since I do everything out of my Small Team Wild sled anyway, including the sled as a bench most of the time, I just attached the Smittysled directly to the bottom of the wild. 

Thing pulls like a dream, and with 2x8"s holding it up, it's got enough height for my milk crate seat, keeps me out of the slop, and STILL fits in my 2 man popup.  Can't beat that with a stick - I think I may need to move my Glide-lite along if I keep using this one like I am.
well lets see it!!!!!! ::)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: wipike on Jan 24, 2012, 06:31 PM
Wife's got a digital camera, I think I've got a photobucket account from years back - I should be able to figure this stuff out I think.  Hope Windows 7 isn't a pain with the camera...

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: buckzone101 on Jan 24, 2012, 06:49 PM
i made 2 tonight one for me and one for my brother and they have 25 feet or rope on them i got 50 feet and didnt wanna cut it and waste it..
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Cub on Jan 24, 2012, 08:03 PM
Got all the parts except the Skis..still looking for em..Dam great idea Smitty
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Post by: frozengator on Jan 24, 2012, 10:45 PM
I wonder how water skis would be ???
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Post by: tbirdbassr on Jan 24, 2012, 10:53 PM
That's what I have on mine work fine on ice or 2' snow
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ASATMillerbluegill on Jan 25, 2012, 09:59 AM
I used my skis as a ramp today to easily unload/load my Clam Scout TC. Another bonus for these setups Smitty!

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Prairiegoat on Jan 25, 2012, 10:06 AM
ASATMillerbluegill, that is one great tip, thanks. Never thought to use my Smitty like that.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Jan 25, 2012, 10:07 AM
The way the weather has been this year, water skis are probably the best idea
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Post by: mojofish on Jan 25, 2012, 10:10 AM
Thrift shops after christmas are a great time to fing cheap skiis
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Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 25, 2012, 10:37 AM
I used my skis as a ramp today to easily unload/load my Clam Scout TC. Another bonus for these setups Smitty!

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Way to think outside the box, great tip!
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Post by: gluv on Jan 25, 2012, 10:39 AM
Way to recycle old unwanted items into something useful!
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Post by: crappiman2 on Jan 25, 2012, 08:20 PM
Wow.... Tomar will be 3 years of posting on the Smitty sled!!  Congrats Smitty and Happy Anniversary on a great DIY.... This is my first time on this post.. I was sent here from a shanty member after my first outing this sat with my shappell s3000.. We just got 6 inches of snow and started out on my local lake..... I've only made it 10 feet on the lake and left my shanty there with a for sale sign on it. >:( It plowed snow better then my 4 Wheeler... After looking at your design and other members builds/ comments..... My shappell is no longer for sale.. ;D   I've haven't started my build yet.. because I'm searching for skis. today I found 3 sets at a local flea market but they were pricey and I think to short. My only question for you smitty and it might have been posted before is what length are your skis tip to end with the 6 inches cut off.. the shappell is 4 feet long and on your original design the skis look like they protrude out about 2 feet? I'd like to build your original design senice it worked well for you. also hows the shapell shanty holding up.... Thanks again.... ;D
Well, got my skis today, For free :o I placed a add on craigs list and a loccal sporting goods store called and gave me a set.
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Post by: BASSandICE65 on Jan 25, 2012, 10:02 PM
Smitty an old post but a good post I made a smitty sled this year with some slight modifications and it works great. Thanks for the idea and keepem coming :tipup:
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Post by: TrekJeff on Jan 26, 2012, 01:15 AM
I used my skis as a ramp today to easily unload/load my Clam Scout TC. Another bonus for these setups Smitty!

(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/HCHHARDCOREHUNTER/2012-01-25_09-43-02_178.jpg)


Just a note on attaching the rope...I drilled a hole, same as in this pic, BUT rather than tying it off at the tip of the ski, I ran the rope through the hole in the ski and tied if off at the 2x6.  This allows the ski to turn/track a bit better with still getting the lift.  When I get around to it I'll take a pic.  Things are just loaded in the truck.
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Post by: jasonmichalski on Jan 26, 2012, 08:45 AM
nice looking sled
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Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 26, 2012, 06:09 PM
Well, got my skis today, For free :o I placed a add on craigs list and a loccal sporting goods store called and gave me a set.
Free is always good! Let's see your sled when you are done.
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Post by: kb on Jan 26, 2012, 06:11 PM
Like I say, "If it's free, it's for me!"
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Post by: brypauld on Jan 26, 2012, 07:02 PM
I built mine monday night and took it out tuesday morning....I am just amazed at how easy it was to pull the frabill ranger twin xlt LOADED with gear...holy moly, went from almost heart attack pulling plow to easy breeeezy glide... A big thank you Smitty ;)
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Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 26, 2012, 09:05 PM
I built mine monday night and took it out tuesday morning....I am just amazed at how easy it was to pull the frabill ranger twin xlt LOADED with gear...holy moly, went from almost heart attack pulling plow to easy breeeezy glide... A big thank you Smitty ;)
You are very welcome. Hope you enjoy it for years to come.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: pipeboy98 on Jan 27, 2012, 12:57 AM
as long as i'm here...i'll thank you too smitty.  and if my kids were up...they would be thanking you too.  after i built the first one for ice fishing and used it, i went back to goodwill and paid 3 bucks for 2 more sets of skis and built sleds for the kids to use on the hill behind our house.  i have now seen 6 kids wait in line at the top of the hill for those two sleds because "they are the fastest and the best ever"!!  thanks smitty  you are a genius!

matt
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Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 27, 2012, 06:53 AM
as long as i'm here...i'll thank you too smitty.  and if my kids were up...they would be thanking you too.  after i built the first one for ice fishing and used it, i went back to goodwill and paid 3 bucks for 2 more sets of skis and built sleds for the kids to use on the hill behind our house.  i have now seen 6 kids wait in line at the top of the hill for those two sleds because "they are the fastest and the best ever"!!  thanks smitty  you are a genius!

matt
I won't be responsible for any broken bones from your kids on the hill......Will I ?..LOL, I'm glad they are enjoying them too.
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Post by: kb on Jan 27, 2012, 07:15 AM
Ha ha, put wheels on them and you can use them during winters of no snow and the summer!
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Post by: pipeboy98 on Jan 27, 2012, 07:42 AM
I won't be responsible for any broken bones from your kids on the hill......Will I ?..LOL, I'm glad they are enjoying them too.

nope...i'm sure that if anything happens i'll be the one getting the "look" from the wife!!  they are fast...and fun....lets just say that the more weight you put on them the faster they go down the hill...and i go about 350.......wwwwweeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeee.
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Post by: NYSporty on Jan 27, 2012, 08:05 AM
 ;D
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Post by: MattR on Jan 28, 2012, 01:05 AM
Well I finally made my Smitty sled today. Same basic design as the original, except I used 2x6's on the skis. Also where the tow rope would get attached, I drilled the holes big enough to put a caribeaner hook on the tip of each ski. My tow rope has a loop on each end and when ready to move it, I just slip the rope on the hooks and ready to go. Only so-called problem I had was I drilled the holes for the carriage bolts a bit too small for them to come out even with a claw hammer without wondering if I am going to break the 2x4's...lol. Not really a problem though since I use a truck to head out ice fishing, it just wont come apart anytime soon.

I salvaged the hooks from some old keychains I had laying around. Lumber was free also. Skis were given to me from one of my uncles, and he gave me 3 pairs total. Rope I had from my retired wooden ski sled. Misc screws and carriage bolts were also laying in the shop. So total cost was basically free, just my labor to build them.

I did see an unused tarp in the shop.... wonder if I could make the Smitty sled into a wind powered ice fishing Smitty sled...lol.

Matt
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Post by: justfine on Jan 28, 2012, 08:41 AM
so yesterday while it was raining I had a thought I decided to take apart my plywood base Smitty
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and this small pop n fish salvation army 20 bones
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the box
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pop n fish in place
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door on
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inside bench storage
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folded up
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Post by: skidly on Jan 28, 2012, 09:59 AM
now your talkin justfine !  I like it
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Post by: redrover on Jan 28, 2012, 12:29 PM
I've been silently following this thread for a long time. I had made a sled very simular to these years ago & it works great. But now justfine I think has come up with a wonderful mod to this whole thing that might take me back out to the wood shop! This whole site is just full of great ideas.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Jan 28, 2012, 05:56 PM
I've been silently following this thread for a long time. I had made a sled very simular to these years ago & it works great. But now justfine I think has come up with a wonderful mod to this whole thing that might take me back out to the wood shop! This whole site is just full of great ideas.
What you not going to tell us?  LOL  I finally got my skis off craigslist I would like some feedback on what I would like to do on my sled. I kind of would like to build mine low to the ground. I have the frabill predator, and it is about 160#s and it has it's own sled. But I wasn't sure if that would be a good idea or not. Do you think two inch blocks would be too short for snow? I will be pulling with a four wheeler anyways.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MattR on Jan 28, 2012, 11:42 PM
Do you think two inch blocks would be too short for snow?

I guess that depends on how much snow you get there. I made mine with 2x6's yet we normally get a bunch of snow on the lakes.


Matt
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Jan 29, 2012, 12:31 PM
I am thinking of something to leave under the slead as I fish. That is why I am thinking of keeping it short.  Here in this part of Indiana we get some snow but not all the time. I guess I will have to try it and see if I like it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: redrover on Jan 30, 2012, 12:46 PM
With a 160# shanty, I can see why you would want to leave it on the sled. I do not know what kind of floor is in your predator but you might want to put a plywood floor on your sled so you do not break through.
   I have a Shappell s3000. I load it onto a sled with 6' down hill skis - it seems those are wider & slide easier than cross country skis. I keep my gear in a 32" long box that I have mounted a short set of skis onto & that sets on top of my Shappell while going out onto the ice. When I get out to fish, if it is nice, I will leave the shanty on the sled & just pull my gear box around & set on that. If it is nasty out, I will set up my shanty & pull the box inside. Two people can then set on it comfortably inside.
  I will post pics when I can get some one smarter than me to load pics for me.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: pipeboy98 on Jan 30, 2012, 08:53 PM
Red rover...I would love to see some pics of that! My neighbor has the same shack as you do and has been looking for a new way to set it up.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MattR on Jan 30, 2012, 09:10 PM
Red rover...I would love to see some pics of that! My neighbor has the same shack as you do and has been looking for a new way to set it up.
x2...except I have the same shack too..lol

Matt
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: redrover on Jan 31, 2012, 06:51 AM
I'll take pics this weekend & get my son to post them.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: pipeboy98 on Jan 31, 2012, 08:15 AM
thanks man....much appreciated!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: downriverbob on Jan 31, 2012, 10:03 AM
I mainly put the skis on my tub sled because the one lake I fish on has a lot of deep snow and slush.  Last year in the picture you can see that the snow melted off and there was very little left on the ice.

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                                                                                         BOB
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Jan 31, 2012, 10:50 AM
I mainly put the skis on my tub sled because the one lake I fish on has a lot of deep snow and slush.  Last year in the picture you can see that the snow melted off and there was very little left on the ice.



                                                                                         BOB
Nice downriverbob. Thankyou for the picture. love the view where your at too. Very jealous here. Wife walked by saying hey I like the snow mobile LOL Anyways I just want to leave the smitty sled under my tub I just wondered if a lot lower would effect its capabilities? Do you just strap the tub to the sled or is there a different way you keep it succoured?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jiggin jeff on Jan 31, 2012, 06:20 PM
Made some mods to my sled this weekend (https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1083.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fj392%2Fjigginjeff75%2F2012-01-31_17-08-02_969.jpg&hash=f94e6fd1cc6703c9c3f9b3dafe5f0ecb)

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Purple Floyd on Jan 31, 2012, 10:18 PM

I built one this year. It is a bit bigger than the original and it doesn't break apart, but I built it to be pulled behind my RZR and follow in the tire tracks or I can pull it by hand. The bonus to this design is it makes a kick butt sled to pull the kids with in the field behind the house. It also fits perfectly in the bed of my Ram 2500 quad cab and still lets me close the access cover.



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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 01, 2012, 08:24 AM
Great job you guys! Keep em' coming.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: DEADONDYLAN on Feb 01, 2012, 12:01 PM
Here's a nod to just fines sled, musta been in the air that day. My buddy had a minute man that we did up into a sled box 39"x56"x18" then mounted the minute man on top. we had to cut 1 1/2" off bottom of poles to allow skin to hit framing then sheated outsides to pin it in place. we are gonna put a lid on the box not done as of yet. floor is 2"x2" frame with 1 1/2" foam board sandwiched between 1/4" oak plywood ( glued and screwed) walls are not sheated inside. this thing is a big one man and pulls easier than my scout.(!@#$%^&)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi888.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fac89%2FDEADONDYLAN%2FCIMG00231.jpg&hash=ba23fe438ea4672cec9bb4a33ce606eb)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi888.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fac89%2FDEADONDYLAN%2FCIMG0018.jpg&hash=a7becaccbd5368235bc4354234c04775)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi888.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fac89%2FDEADONDYLAN%2FCIMG0020.jpg&hash=7866453e7f63c3f7c6ebd9ec669a3efd)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi888.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fac89%2FDEADONDYLAN%2FCIMG0022.jpg&hash=1fd0278cdf7785a9a3915cf8b99758bb)and a little table top that fits on a 5 gallon bucket(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi888.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fac89%2FDEADONDYLAN%2FCIMG0025.jpg&hash=00a45a77bd999a2514b9f1019933864f)farm fattys and deadondylan(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi888.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fac89%2FDEADONDYLAN%2FCIMG0029.jpg&hash=4b37afd0df40b6a5ec9e337fec60ce50)  If a mod could resize these I wouldn't hate it.?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: buckzone101 on Feb 01, 2012, 01:03 PM
hmm now im thinking again, possibly converting our shappell s2000 onto a smitty platform and ditching the cheap plastic flooring...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: justfine on Feb 01, 2012, 05:57 PM
looking good guys got mine painted catch hole cover and sleave done next flag pole some them ruber maid fasttrax on sides to hall auger and cook stove
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: buckzone101 on Feb 01, 2012, 06:08 PM
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heres mine (red skis) and my little brothers with the black skis, trying to come up with a way to attactch the suitcase shanty to a platform possibly that comes apart and folds up like the shanty dose then attatches to the skis when mobile then you could leave it on the skis or take it off and set it up, i dont like the cheap plastic bottom but it works!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: redrover on Feb 01, 2012, 06:30 PM
Justfine, you have a really nice setup! Nice & portable.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ASATMillerbluegill on Feb 01, 2012, 06:40 PM
Very cool setups guys!!! Here is Fishing on a Smitty sled with a Clam Scout TC setup in the "windblock" mode. You get to enjoy sitting up high, with more leg comfort. I only remove my Clam from the Smitty, if it is cold, and I need to fully enclose the shelter. Pulls like a dream. I put an eight ft lead of 550 paracord and a wooden dowel for a handle.
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: laclabiche walleye hunter on Feb 01, 2012, 11:30 PM
nice sleds guys please keep posting them up love the ideas. ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: wipike on Feb 03, 2012, 05:43 PM
Had to send this back up to pg1, it's too good.

ASATMillerbluegill, how you're fishing out of your flipover/sled in that last picture is how I fish out of my Smittysled 99% of the time.  I put my sled in a pop-up blind so it becomes a big bench at that height.  Way easier on the knees.  What kind of seat are you using there?

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: crappiman2 on Feb 03, 2012, 10:18 PM
Free is always good! Let's see your sled when you are done.
Finally built my Smitty sled everything except paint saving that for summer. Can't wait to try it. Doesn't work good on carpet Hopefully we get some ice here in northeast Pa. but it don't look good.
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 04, 2012, 07:14 AM
Crappiman, that is a dandy, I hope you get some ice too, our's here is melting fast, warm temps and rain yesterday. I still have not made it out. Thanks for sharing the pics, you will love it once you get to use it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: crappiman2 on Feb 04, 2012, 09:33 AM
Crappiman, that is a dandy, I hope you get some ice too, our's here is melting fast, warm temps and rain yesterday. I still have not made it out. Thanks for sharing the pics, you will love it once you get to use it.
Yea Smitty, Its been a bad season for ice fishin. It took till mid Jan to get fishable ice and within one week of warm weather and rain.. it was gone. Some people are getting out farther north in pa.  If I do get out I won't need my shanty unless it gets really cold. so thinking about making two shorter cross members and finding a cheap or free sled. hopefully free.... so i can use it on warm days. Thanks again for the great DIY project it was fun and something to do during this bad season.













Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MattR on Feb 04, 2012, 12:56 PM
crappiman2... I like the idea of countersinking the nuts for the carriage bolts for the cross supports. I drilled my holes a bit too snug because I didn't want to lose the bolts, now I cannot get mine apart..lol. I am going to have to use a sledgehammer on mine because even though I use a pickup truck the majority of the time, would be nice to throw the sled into the car too.

I know some are probably wondering, why don't I just buy the right sized drill bit. Well the nearest hardware store is over 20 miles from home. I built it with what I had available on hand.

Matt
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Feb 04, 2012, 01:18 PM
Matt,
If you tap them apart using a "persuader" and a scrap block, you may be able to ream the holes a bit with your current drill bit. That way they be snug enough so there's no play but removeable. Next size up may cause some wobble.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: crappiman2 on Feb 04, 2012, 02:13 PM
crappiman2... I like the idea of countersinking the nuts for the carriage bolts for the cross supports. I drilled my holes a bit too snug because I didn't want to lose the bolts, now I cannot get mine apart..lol. I am going to have to use a sledgehammer on mine because even though I use a pickup truck the majority of the time, would be nice to throw the sled into the car too.

I know some are probably wondering, why don't I just buy the right sized drill bit. Well the nearest hardware store is over 20 miles from home. I built it with what I had available on hand.

Matt
Yea Matt I to first tried just making the carriage bolts snug, but when I pushed them in they would wobble and pop out .. so i deciced to secure them with nuts. To counter sink I used a 3/4 inch spade bit. drilled the depth of the nut about1/2 inch.. Hope this helps.   ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Feb 04, 2012, 03:04 PM
I drilled the holes in the cross-beam so they would be snug with the bolts. Then I put the cross-beams in place and drilled the holes in the upright 2X6's . Then I took the cross-beams off and re-drilled the holes in the cross-beams larger so the bolts would slip in and out easily. They go in easily, but when taking apart the left and right end of the cross-beam don't always come out at the same time and will bind. I just have to go slow and work each side a little bit at a time until they come all the way apart. But the sled pulls like there is nothing behind me...even through snow.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MattR on Feb 05, 2012, 12:06 AM
Yea Matt I to first tried just making the carriage bolts snug, but when I pushed them in they would wobble and pop out .. so i deciced to secure them with nuts. To counter sink I used a 3/4 inch spade bit. drilled the depth of the nut about1/2 inch.. Hope this helps.   ;D

I am heading out fishing tomorrow, yet will work on the sled on Monday and will install those nuts on the carriage bolts like you did. Main reason I made the holes so dang tight was I didn't want the bolts to come out and lose one or a few. I have a tendency to lose stuff at times..lol. Anyways, with the nuts holding the bolts on the 2x4, then I can ream out the holes a bit bigger without too much worries about losing them.

Also thanks to mjmeyer and jbird68 for the extra and useful advice.


Yes I do agree fully on how nice the sled pulls. I had it out the other day and it pulled so nice I even slid the shanty on top of it and used the smitty sled to move it to other fishing spots. It was not windy, I would not recommend this method on windy days for obvious reasons.

 My sled uses a bit wider cross braces, almost 4 feet. I have a few ideas on how to use the extra width and if they do not work out, I can always make it narrower if needed.

Matt
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Feb 05, 2012, 06:11 AM
Thanks Matt, Smitty and all the others! I got my skis Saturday and will be building my own Smitty Sled, although it may need wheels, too.
Great ideas and designs here. I'll post my pictures when I have it together. It may never be truly finished after looking at all the modifications.
Mike
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Feb 05, 2012, 06:45 AM
Wheels are great.  I use mine to pull wood around my yard since we dont have any snow or ice here this winter.  I even took it for a ride down my driveway! 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Feb 05, 2012, 10:49 AM
Thanks Matt, Smitty and all the others! I got my skis Saturday and will be building my own Smitty Sled, although it may need wheels, too.
Great ideas and designs here. I'll post my pictures when I have it together. It may never be truly finished after looking at all the modifications.
Mike
LOL I have so many ideas in my head, But smittys is the main design I like you want wheels for going across the parking lot. I just want to find a set of pneumatic probably 8" and I am too cheep to go by brand new ones. I think I will check out harbor freight soon. They have cheaper stuff there.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Homemade on Feb 05, 2012, 04:22 PM
Lots of great info on this thread. I particularly like seeing non-DIY types attempt and successfully complete a project they never would have but for the love of this "sport". You can do it. Smitty and others have given you the recipe, now go out and bake that cake! And post your results.
Basic practical tip: You can greatly increase the strength of wood joints by using a good glue. Wherever you screw -glue and screw. Wherever you nail -glue and nail.  Upright to ski -glue it then screw it.
Which glue should you use? I and every tradesman I've spoken to swears by PL Premium. It's a urethane adhesive, meaning it's weatherproof and VERY strong. Oh yeah, it's also widely available (Home Depot) and very inexpensive (<$5 a large tube). Hope this basic tip helps someone in someway. 
http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/12/34/pl_ca_prem_adv/overview/Loctite-PL-Premium-ADVANCED-Polyurethane-Construction-Adhesive.htm (http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/12/34/pl_ca_prem_adv/overview/Loctite-PL-Premium-ADVANCED-Polyurethane-Construction-Adhesive.htm)

Unleash the inner handyperson.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: redrover on Feb 05, 2012, 05:01 PM
Got some pics of my "Smitty" sled this weekend. Mine isn't made for quick assembly as once I put it together in Dec I have a place to store it put together until spring. Then I take it apart & store it for the summer. The red gear box, my son & I made 15yrs ago. For me this setup works great, the only problem being this winter, the ice was never fit the few times I had a chance to go. On a nice sunny day I will just use the red box. If the weather turns cold & windy, then I take the whole thing & hide in the Shappell.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 05, 2012, 06:09 PM
Got some pics of my "Smitty" sled this weekend. Mine isn't made for quick assembly as once I put it together in Dec I have a place to store it put together until spring. Then I take it apart & store it for the summer. The red gear box, my son & I made 15yrs ago. For me this setup works great, the only problem being this winter, the ice was never fit the few times I had a chance to go. On a nice sunny day I will just use the red box. If the weather turns cold & windy, then I take the whole thing & hide in the Shappell.

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(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i376/stevesauder/IMGP0006.jpg)

Redrover, that is very nice, thanks for sharing and hope it helps you alot(I know it will).
(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i376/stevesauder/IMGP0007.jpg)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MattR on Feb 05, 2012, 09:26 PM
Hey Smitty.... My sled was highly admired by 2 young boys so much that I let them use it to pull each other around for a while today. They were out fishing with their grandfather and got bored of catching only "small ones" as they put it..lol. Next weekend his grandkids agreed to help grandpa make a sled like mine. So not only is your sled design benefiting other fisherman, it will be helping 2 young boys bond with their grandpa while making their own sled. I even told the grandpa where I live if he needs a set of skis for the project.

Matt
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 06, 2012, 08:30 AM
That's a great story Matt, I appreciate the generosity you showed, 2 thumbs up. Thanks.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: wipike on Feb 06, 2012, 12:58 PM
Got some pics of my "Smitty" sled this weekend. Mine isn't made for quick assembly as once I put it together in Dec I have a place to store it put together until spring. Then I take it apart & store it for the summer. The red gear box, my son & I made 15yrs ago. For me this setup works great, the only problem being this winter, the ice was never fit the few times I had a chance to go. On a nice sunny day I will just use the red box. If the weather turns cold & windy, then I take the whole thing & hide in the Shappell.

(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i376/stevesauder/IMGP0003.jpg)
(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i376/stevesauder/IMGP0004.jpg)
(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i376/stevesauder/IMGP0005.jpg)
(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i376/stevesauder/IMGP0006.jpg)
(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i376/stevesauder/IMGP0007.jpg)

A Smitty Sled ON a Smitty Sled?!

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.com%2F_JT3JzOQQNS8%2FTHV6R5Q8rDI%2FAAAAAAAACgw%2FbbS8NGjMLJc%2Fs1600%2F0715-INCEPTION-movie-review_full_600.jpg&hash=0d079c7a190fd27154880d5e082fd8b2)

MADNESS!!

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: vermonner on Feb 06, 2012, 01:51 PM
I made a smitty sled for my smitty sled
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: EddieRod on Feb 06, 2012, 02:19 PM
  I guess I made this awhile ago but only used it once. I had a Frabill shelter that folds up and It was a pita, so sold it. Been in the shed since then. Might need it if we ever get some big snow. Will do some updates if taking out.
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi107.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm303%2FEDDIEROD_2006%2F100_0609.jpg&hash=efd07aca8348b832db40c68aeba84baf)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi107.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm303%2FEDDIEROD_2006%2F100_0608.jpg&hash=ebea55b6034dfc4d9698c8f7b2d0d6e4)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi107.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm303%2FEDDIEROD_2006%2F100_0607.jpg&hash=3b6c2d570a673c62de559726666f8873)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi107.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm303%2FEDDIEROD_2006%2F100_0606.jpg&hash=7f2421db57b4ceee880e4a63fdd0a76a)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: redrover on Feb 06, 2012, 05:00 PM
don't laugh until you try it!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: wipike on Feb 06, 2012, 07:47 PM
don't laugh until you try it!

I'm not laughing at all, redrover.  I think Smitty's sled is absolutely brilliant - I watched Inception again last week, so the thought hit me when I saw the sled on a sled.  Made me chuckle is all.   ;D

I've got plans for another one, possibly over summer.  Gotta figure out the new design.

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Feb 06, 2012, 07:54 PM
Kind of like a mothership
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Feb 06, 2012, 11:10 PM
I'm thinking one of those box fans, a D.C. Converter and a lot of duct tape!!!!  :o
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: steve339 on Feb 07, 2012, 12:58 AM
I can't believe I just read ALL 28 pages of this thread.......but i'm glad that i did.  I have a Clam Expedition (with floor).  I dragged the floor once and only once......what a pain, not portable at all.  I've been taking the shelter (without the floor) in a Jet Sled with all the other gear, but now I may have a reason to take the floor.  Maybe.  The floor is bulky, but it is nice to be off the ice when you're going to be out there all day.

Smitty, thank you for the idea AND for staying with the thread and responding (for 3 years).
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: allcaughtup on Feb 07, 2012, 12:58 PM
I should have used crappier skis....mine runs me over its so fast..lol
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: skulldugary on Feb 12, 2012, 05:19 PM
Well,I did'nt want to be the only kid in the neighborhood to not have a SMITTY SLED.Got bored so I built one(like I need another sled),this is what I ended up with.No animals or humans were injured in the making of this sled....thanks Smitty...

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi698.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fvv345%2Fdustyroads07%2F001-32.jpg&hash=14a58b0b6c63762c76cf65dec30a9608)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi698.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fvv345%2Fdustyroads07%2F002-27.jpg&hash=9ff0f688d1044e4edc0d99d5391411fd)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Reel_Force on Feb 12, 2012, 06:58 PM
I got a plan for "My" Smitty... I have a Cabelas 5600 and made the basic wooden frame, now the only thing I don't like about this set up ya got to strap everything on top. So ... the plan - with the tax return ...  @) I'm gonna get me one of these.

http://frabill.com/trekker-shuttle.html (http://frabill.com/trekker-shuttle.html)

mount the skies underneath.

I'm gonna love the fact that I can pack everything except the auger in it. Just can't stand it, when I got to unload it from the truck, strap everything down, then unpack everything on the ice, then set the shelter up and move in.

I'll take some pics when I get everything.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 14, 2012, 09:36 AM
Well,I did'nt want to be the only kid in the neighborhood to not have a SMITTY SLED.Got bored so I built one(like I need another sled),this is what I ended up with.No animals or humans were injured in the making of this sled....thanks Smitty...

(http://i698.photobucket.com/albums/vv345/dustyroads07/001-32.jpg)

(http://i698.photobucket.com/albums/vv345/dustyroads07/002-27.jpg)
Very nice job skull, you can never have too many "Smitty Sleds".
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: black hills tj on Feb 14, 2012, 10:26 AM
Lots of nice sleds in here, just one question though, and it honestly probably isn't much of a big deal at all.  Whether you are using 2x6, 2x8, etc...most people are cutting them at a slant(less aerodynamic drag, right? :P).  However, most of them have the slant angling towards the rear of the sled and up.  I would think if you got into a little deeper snow, and the skis did not hold the sled up above all of the snow, then angling them like this would push the sled down into the snow.  If you angle them the other way, depending on the snow and other variables regarding the conditions at the time, it would push the sled up.  I know, I know....totally overthinking it.  Just trying to be scientific about it :P
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: skidly on Feb 14, 2012, 12:05 PM
I tapered mine like that because more surface to join uppers to on ski the cross piece on top is narrower, besides .... makes them look fast !  lol
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: brypauld on Feb 14, 2012, 03:40 PM
So my youngest daughter age 10.... Her school/classes had a homemade sled building contest and today was the day of sledding....Needless to say, this morning I packed her and her "smitty sled" up in the jeep and took her to school..... Well, I just picked her up and she was very happy to show me her gold medal that she won for having the best homemade sled.... Out of 80 kids she said she won because she was the fastest and went the farthest  ;D .. I had no doubt  @)
Thanks again Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: justfine on Feb 14, 2012, 05:35 PM
that s cool brypauld like all us who have built them already knew a gold winning idea
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: couragedog on Feb 14, 2012, 07:41 PM
THAT ROCKS!!!gonna build one !
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Feb 14, 2012, 08:04 PM
Lots of nice sleds in here, just one question though, and it honestly probably isn't much of a big deal at all.  Whether you are using 2x6, 2x8, etc...most people are cutting them at a slant(less aerodynamic drag, right? :P).  However, most of them have the slant angling towards the rear of the sled and up.  I would think if you got into a little deeper snow, and the skis did not hold the sled up above all of the snow, then angling them like this would push the sled down into the snow.  If you angle them the other way, depending on the snow and other variables regarding the conditions at the time, it would push the sled up.  I know, I know....totally overthinking it.  Just trying to be scientific about it :P
Sounds absolutely correct! I need to make mine slant this way. Just like the upturned ends of the ski. Create lift instead of submarining.
Thanks!
Mike
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 15, 2012, 10:44 AM
So my youngest daughter age 10.... Her school/classes had a homemade sled building contest and today was the day of sledding....Needless to say, this morning I packed her and her "smitty sled" up in the jeep and took her to school..... Well, I just picked her up and she was very happy to show me her gold medal that she won for having the best homemade sled.... Out of 80 kids she said she won because she was the fastest and went the farthest  ;D .. I had no doubt  @)
Thanks again Smitty
I love it! Glad she was king of the sleds!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Feb 15, 2012, 03:20 PM
 
So my youngest daughter age 10.... Her school/classes had a homemade sled building contest and today was the day of sledding....Needless to say, this morning I packed her and her "smitty sled" up in the jeep and took her to school..... Well, I just picked her up and she was very happy to show me her gold medal that she won for having the best homemade sled.... Out of 80 kids she said she won because she was the fastest and went the farthest  ;D .. I had no doubt  @)
Thanks again Smitty
:clap: :thumbsup: :clap: :thumbsup: :clap: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 18, 2012, 05:07 PM
THAT ROCKS!!!gonna build one !
Cant wait to see it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: wipike on Feb 19, 2012, 10:56 AM
Gotta thank you again Smitty, the sled is awesome.  Put 5.5 miles on it yesterday according to the GPS, all on foot.  Had one small mishap crossing a 2' gap (ski tip got caught, but I build it with short skis so it's my fault, not the design), but after "fishing" out the items that went for a swim, I was on my way again.  Honestly don't think I could have ever attempted that with a normal sled - for those of us without a four wheeler (yet!  Please, please, please Santa if you're watching!!)  these thing are a Godsend.

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: newincudahy on Feb 29, 2012, 09:42 PM
I have enjoyed reading this thread for a long time now. Great ideas and variations! Indeed Smitty cool deal! I thought of this thread when I saw this pic and had to share it.
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-bvoKZ0aO60g/T07vY9bwf-I/AAAAAAAAIrs/DQtaxTz-Zos/s480/buckeye%2520lake%25202.JPG)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Duckiller on Feb 29, 2012, 09:54 PM
I have enjoyed reading this thread for a long time now. Great ideas and variations! Indeed Smitty cool deal! I thought of this thread when I saw this pic and had to share it.
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-bvoKZ0aO60g/T07vY9bwf-I/AAAAAAAAIrs/DQtaxTz-Zos/s480/buckeye%2520lake%25202.JPG)
what is the dirt bike lookiung thing behind ur sled
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: newincudahy on Feb 29, 2012, 10:00 PM
Its not my sled....Its a minibike tail. Prob steers like a barge in a current but damn its cool.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Mar 01, 2012, 04:36 AM
It's a cool idea.   
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Mar 01, 2012, 07:45 AM
I have enjoyed reading this thread for a long time now. Great ideas and variations! Indeed Smitty cool deal! I thought of this thread when I saw this pic and had to share it.
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-bvoKZ0aO60g/T07vY9bwf-I/AAAAAAAAIrs/DQtaxTz-Zos/s480/buckeye%2520lake%25202.JPG)

Light weight aluminum and a Tote Goat to push it along. Built in trays. I guess he puts the tent and auger on top. Sweet.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Mar 01, 2012, 09:29 AM
Gotta thank you again Smitty, the sled is awesome.  Put 5.5 miles on it yesterday according to the GPS, all on foot.  Had one small mishap crossing a 2' gap (ski tip got caught, but I build it with short skis so it's my fault, not the design), but after "fishing" out the items that went for a swim, I was on my way again.  Honestly don't think I could have ever attempted that with a normal sled - for those of us without a four wheeler (yet!  Please, please, please Santa if you're watching!!)  these thing are a Godsend.
Your very welcome, I'm glad you like it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: newincudahy on Mar 01, 2012, 09:45 PM
"Tote goat" descriptive perfection!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: wyoutdoors on Mar 09, 2012, 09:00 AM
Ran across a neat setup the other day on my way out on the ice and thought you guys would like to see it.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi43.tinypic.com%2F359deg0.jpg&hash=43181bef4aab46e49dad3c77fffaf7d5)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi42.tinypic.com%2F10x4ltx.jpg&hash=4b0b2209864f56e3870b7d1cec33ca35)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Mar 10, 2012, 08:56 AM
Ran across a neat setup the other day on my way out on the ice and thought you guys would like to see it.

(http://i43.tinypic.com/359deg0.jpg)

(http://i42.tinypic.com/10x4ltx.jpg)
Nice sled, but I think it cost more than $15 to build.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Mar 10, 2012, 12:27 PM
Left over lawnmower handle, left over wood scraps, free skis, its possible
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Mar 10, 2012, 03:16 PM
Left over lawnmower handle, left over wood scraps, free skis, its possible
Ya....I guess it would be possible, sorry my quick judgement.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: wyoutdoors on Mar 11, 2012, 11:18 AM
Ya....I guess it would be possible, sorry my quick judgement.
Actually, I have the skis, wood scraps, mower parts and PVC to build the exact same sled for zilch (just missing cushion for the cooler). Posted it as I thought some might like it and get some ideas. Sorry to encroach on your thread. Have a nice Summer.  ::)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: gaspumper on Oct 14, 2012, 11:11 AM
TTT
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: threewack on Oct 14, 2012, 11:26 AM
Nice going!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Oct 14, 2012, 12:18 PM

now if Smitty would post plans for a $15 home made flasher, I would be set.


All you need is a trench coat from the salvation army bin for that..... ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: BuckyBadger on Oct 15, 2012, 07:54 PM
I came across this listing on the  c**igs site, had to laugh and wonder was this an antique Smitty Sled???  I think it is the base of an old cutter sleigh.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi982.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae307%2Fmmfrasch%2FantiqueSmittySled.jpg&hash=8ce3b807e4bddadd55c34eca6203ff85)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ammoguy5 on Oct 21, 2012, 04:47 PM
This is a Great sled, I Especially  like the way it all tears down into a neat bundle. It will fit very nicely in the back of My little car [Ford Escort}.
Today I went to the Hollis New Hampshire Flea Market and bought a pair if Ski's for $10. There were many vendors selling skis there. I probably could have found them even cheaper but I took the first reasonable ones for the intended purpose. The Lady was asking $15 but let Me have them for the cheaper price. I told Her I was going to make a sled out of them for Ice Fishing.
Next time I go to Home Depot I'll get 2x4 and some Bolts to build it!. I Can't Wait for Ice!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IceBalls on Oct 21, 2012, 09:29 PM
Got mine done this winter.
Went with a hard top as I don't have a jet sled to top load.

(http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab132/perchmasterson/perch067.jpg)

(http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab132/perchmasterson/perch077.jpg)

all items came from my garage so no outlay of cash.
didn't have eyebolts so went with holes in hard top to hook bungies.


now if Smitty would post plans for a $15 home made flasher, I would be set.

Now THIS is a perfect platform on which to install a Hub style shelter !!!  Just need to match the floor dimensions of the Hub and probably hinge the platform in themiddle for transport ease.  Think I'll try one for my Hub this Winter.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: FISHN NIK on Oct 27, 2012, 12:48 AM
Hey Iceballs,
         Did you use your sled in deep snow? I was wondering if your platform was high enough,what are the risers 2x4s?Thanks,

                      FISHN NIK
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: FISHN NIK on Oct 27, 2012, 12:51 AM
Perchmasterson,sorry about the mixup!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Oct 27, 2012, 07:38 AM
Hey Iceballs,
         Did you use your sled in deep snow? I was wondering if your platform was high enough,what are the risers 2x4s?Thanks,

                      FISHN NIK

Some use 2x6 and some used 2x8. I used 2x6.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ammoguy5 on Oct 27, 2012, 07:20 PM
Well I started My Smitty Sled. It's not finished but it's starting to take shape..
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi50.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Ff341%2Fammoguy5%2FIce%2520Fishing%2FIceFishingSled001600x450.jpg&hash=3c4b2a674726a60dcff869639497a648)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi50.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Ff341%2Fammoguy5%2FIce%2520Fishing%2FIceFishingSled002600x450.jpg&hash=ceb4de23ceddcd8ab30df5c0b41b2242)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Oct 27, 2012, 07:20 PM
I built my auger rack for my smitty sled today. The only thing I don't like are the forks on top of the posts. They are not secured very well. The threads are too coarse to fasten with any nuts. So, for now I just have them screwed into blocks of wood inside the top caps.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Ffrontiernet.net%2F%7Ejaycub%2Fauger_rack01.jpg&hash=57346018815f0379e0ccf662dd37a54b)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Ffrontiernet.net%2F%7Ejaycub%2Fauger_rack02.jpg&hash=e733e57a7300147e4dd49a81a206d0e4)

I modified the forks so I could bolt them to the top end cap. They were wood screw threads and I had then cut off and a bolt was welded in place. The welding melted the red rubber off of the forks. I had to by some plasti-cote the recover them.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frontiernet.net%2F%7Ejaycub%2FAuger_rack_top_cap.jpg&hash=34442969ccefa9603ddf6065233a1a54)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Oct 28, 2012, 07:03 AM
Well I started My Smitty Sled. It's not finished but it's starting to take shape..
(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f341/ammoguy5/Ice%20Fishing/IceFishingSled001600x450.jpg)

(http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f341/ammoguy5/Ice%20Fishing/IceFishingSled002600x450.jpg)

Looking pretty good.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Oct 28, 2012, 10:14 AM
You guys are all doing awesome with these!! Keep building em' and keep making your life easier out on the ice.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 03, 2012, 12:44 PM
You guys are all doing awesome with these!! Keep building em' and keep making your life easier out on the ice.

Thanks again Smitty, your sled idea is world wide.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: dsp2 on Nov 03, 2012, 08:00 PM
This thread never gets old!!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Hunt_N_Pike on Nov 04, 2012, 01:11 AM
Do ya build them to go through deep snow too? Or just across ice?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: redrover on Nov 04, 2012, 07:28 AM
Iceballs, I like your idea. I have used a smitty style sled for a long time. The thing is, you drag it out on the ice, unload it & then it sits there. Why not build it into a shelter? With a deck on top, you could build small sides onto it, then you have basically a tub. Then build some sort of flip over that fits the platform. Gota start daydreaming again.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mud_n_fun on Nov 09, 2012, 04:16 PM
My version:

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi245.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fgg44%2Fmud_n_fun%2FIce%2520equipment%2FDSCF0022.jpg&hash=93088190451e3ad58983fd668feb4e0e)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi245.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fgg44%2Fmud_n_fun%2FIce%2520equipment%2FDSCF0019.jpg&hash=37d6b7b64d47b7f4b0d2394732ce9e5c)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi245.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fgg44%2Fmud_n_fun%2FIce%2520equipment%2FDSCF0021.jpg&hash=2747eee1335f77bb3d16dbf739a21e20)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: dcutter on Nov 10, 2012, 08:43 AM
I've only been on this forum a short time, but I have spent nearly every waking moment since joining studying this thread  ;D

We are lucky here in Yellowknife to have a scavenging area at the dump where gently used lumber, conduit and mattresses are there for the taking. I'm making a trip this week, and I will be posting pics of my Smitty-Sled when complete!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 10, 2012, 12:07 PM
I've only been on this forum a short time, but I have spent nearly every waking moment since joining studying this thread  ;D

We are lucky here in Yellowknife to have a scavenging area at the dump where gently used lumber, conduit and mattresses are there for the taking. I'm making a trip this week, and I will be posting pics of my Smitty-Sled when complete!

Good luck and have fun building it. I am still trying to figure out the best way to transport the whole thing to the lakes across parking lots. I have a 2 wheel dolly that might work but then I have to haul it once at the lake. I tried wheels on the back of the sled and it would work but I need to have them removable once at the lake. They are removable but I don't like taking too much time doing things like that once I get to the lake. Hit the lake and I want to drill as soon as possible.
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Post by: Steellord2 on Nov 12, 2012, 09:20 PM
Good luck and have fun building it. I am still trying to figure out the best way to transport the whole thing to the lakes across parking lots. I have a 2 wheel dolly that might work but then I have to haul it once at the lake. I tried wheels on the back of the sled and it would work but I need to have them removable once at the lake. They are removable but I don't like taking too much time doing things like that once I get to the lake. Hit the lake and I want to drill as soon as possible.

lefty2053, I know of a site to get some nifty flip up wheels that mount on the tub of the shanty. They are not a sponsor here so I don't think I can post the link to them. Send me an email at steellord@att.net and I'll give you the info.
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Post by: frigidaire on Nov 13, 2012, 04:06 PM
My original build is on page 19.  This year I modified it by adding long shanked hook eyes to each of the up rights, open side down, near the bottom.  I then acquired 4 8" wheels, two 1/2" x 4ft aluminum rods, 4 hard pvcc tube spacers and spring clips to hold the wheels on.  Cut the rods to fit (36-40"), then make 4 ~2" pvcc spacers.  Place the rods under the screw hooks, slide a pvcc spacer on each side, then the wheel.  Trim the spacer and rod as required, then drill a 1/8" inch hole through each axle rod end and secure with a spring clip. This works like a charm.  When you get to the ice, just lift the sled fore and aft and the axles will drop out of place.  Remove the wheels and replace the spring clips.  Put the wheels in a bag and add with the axles to the rest of your load.  If your up rights are tall enough you could simply place a separate set of hook eyes half way up, turned up, and place the entire axle sets on these when you're on the ice. (I haven't tried that.)  Good Luck!!
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Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 20, 2012, 12:32 PM
Nice job boys, keep em' coming!
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Post by: efka on Nov 22, 2012, 02:09 PM
just started making my ski sled out of conduit pipe, what do you guys think, will it withstand the abuse.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww2.picturepush.com%2Fphoto%2Fa%2F11467550%2F640%2F11467550.jpg&hash=dd1009681896f98f74fb7006cc23aa03) (http://picturepush.com/public/11467550)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww1.picturepush.com%2Fphoto%2Fa%2F11467554%2F640%2F11467554.jpg&hash=fadba259ecab85c83aaec563367f4f5d) (http://picturepush.com/public/11467554)
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Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 22, 2012, 02:41 PM
Looks good to me.  I like the brackets for holding the Conduit upright.
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Post by: barkman49 on Nov 22, 2012, 05:16 PM
looks good how wide are you making  it looks quite wide to me maybe just the angle of the pix.
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Post by: efka on Nov 22, 2012, 08:02 PM
maybe it's because the conduit is thin, will have more pics tomorrow when i finish
it will 24", so i can have a sled and popup beside it.
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Post by: efka on Nov 23, 2012, 04:01 PM
ok here is the finished sled, had to move the front bar a little back.
have to undo 4 screws to take it apart

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi534.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee349%2Fefka2000%2FIMG_0188.jpg&hash=cbe95de176390b2dcb3068e0877d1d90)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi534.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee349%2Fefka2000%2FIMG_0190.jpg&hash=95dad15368bb712ea5559f6b1dcd08e8)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi534.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee349%2Fefka2000%2FIMG_0189.jpg&hash=d60fefeec078af157089de949c43bb9c)
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Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 23, 2012, 04:44 PM
Looks real good.
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Post by: barkman49 on Nov 23, 2012, 05:48 PM
it turned out real good looks like it will do well for you thanks for the finshed pixs
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Post by: jbird68 on Nov 23, 2012, 06:02 PM
What are you using to hold your sled and hub onto the rods? Take a sharp turn and they will slide off the side. I use a strap that cinches tight to hold my sled down.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: efka on Nov 23, 2012, 06:23 PM
will probably use bungee cords, ratchet straps might be too much.
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Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 28, 2012, 07:05 AM
Top notch there afka!!
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Post by: mud_n_fun on Nov 28, 2012, 07:22 AM
Here is a sled I am making for my Clam XL4000T. It can be broken down for easy transport. Going to add a few things to it but this is the start of it. Gravity and the weight of the shanty holds the frames over the pipes on the skis.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi245.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fgg44%2Fmud_n_fun%2FIce%2520equipment%2FDSCF0028.jpg&hash=a757fd092957814b9195bc40925c1dd9)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi245.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fgg44%2Fmud_n_fun%2FIce%2520equipment%2FDSCF0027.jpg&hash=55d890abc10b381400d5b3bdb2a139ab)
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Post by: AZbassernCO on Dec 01, 2012, 07:19 PM
here is mine i built it today in hopes that it will please the ice gods
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi474.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Frr110%2Fazbassernco%2F20121201_151525.jpg&hash=58d1139b312a319b734d302277a3e3cc)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi474.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Frr110%2Fazbassernco%2F20121201_150048.jpg&hash=4b9b71eff5d0882e0a0b4fed5420557d)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi474.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Frr110%2Fazbassernco%2F20121201_150036.jpg&hash=ebbdc6cf4649925d7da4645e7265a86d)
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Post by: jbird68 on Dec 01, 2012, 07:22 PM
I like only having 1 bolt on each end of the bridge boards. Makes it easy to get together and apart. It's plenty strong enough with just the one.
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Post by: AZbassernCO on Dec 01, 2012, 10:54 PM
the best part is how light it is before i load it up
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Post by: rdhammah on Dec 02, 2012, 08:21 AM
My version:

(http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg44/mud_n_fun/Ice%20equipment/DSCF0021.jpg)
this sled is AWESOME! wish i knew how to weld
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Dec 02, 2012, 08:31 AM
Ran across a neat setup the other day on my way out on the ice and thought you guys would like to see it.

(http://i42.tinypic.com/10x4ltx.jpg)
what are thise black and white things hanging of the back?
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Post by: wyoutdoors on Dec 02, 2012, 08:55 AM
what are thise black and white things hanging of the back?
I took that shot last year at Pactola Reservoir in SD. I'm not sure what those are hanging off the back. The sled belonged to someone else and I happened to take the shot because I liked the mower handle and overall setup and wanted to share the idea here with others. Maybe someone else recognizes what it is?
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Post by: pipeboy98 on Dec 02, 2012, 10:12 AM
I enlarged the picture on my iPad and those black and white things in the back look like rod holders.  They are pieces of PVC duct taped to a bent metal base.  Since I was interested too I figured you'd want to know!
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Post by: efka on Dec 02, 2012, 02:08 PM
looks like some kind of floats attached with ropes to each rod's handle in case they get pulled in water.
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Post by: AZbassernCO on Dec 02, 2012, 04:44 PM
made some last minute changes to my sled and hit it with water seal so here are some more pics with it loaded and my rod carrier attached (https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi474.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Frr110%2Fazbassernco%2F20121202_123011.jpg&hash=e04da78dd7aab71c5b219dbb9b3f13eb)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi474.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Frr110%2Fazbassernco%2F20121202_123004.jpg&hash=72a8e304a72d0af5b6f279958ff4b72b)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi474.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Frr110%2Fazbassernco%2F20121202_122929.jpg&hash=fc7b35cb1d30674053c475bd7d1d9269)

bonus of the day i pulle dmy auger out of storage and it had a full tank of gas and my first thought was damn now i need to take it to the engine guy but thought i would try it anyway and the dang thing fired up on the first pull
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Post by: kb on Dec 02, 2012, 04:50 PM
what are thise black and white things hanging of the back?

Im gonna go with slingshots so you can hit your buddy in the head with dead bait!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Dec 02, 2012, 07:58 PM
For those who have PVC style rods holders with the rods exposed to the elements, do you have issues with frozen reels and/or line? I am not sure I like my rods and reels exposed to the elements.
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Post by: AZbassernCO on Dec 02, 2012, 11:22 PM
in the close up of my rods anyone know where a guy can get some more of the rod second from the right i love that rod from ht and i cant find them anywhere
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Post by: rdhammah on Dec 02, 2012, 11:59 PM
it's bent! never seen one like it
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Post by: wyoutdoors on Dec 03, 2012, 05:52 AM
in the close up of my rods anyone know where a guy can get some more of the rod second from the right i love that rod from ht and i cant find them anywhere
Rocky Mountain Discount in Gillette, WY has rods similar to that one. Unsure of the brand now, but I was there looking at rods the other day and recall seeing rods with the bend just after the reel seat.
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Post by: NYSporty on Dec 03, 2012, 06:18 AM
in the close up of my rods anyone know where a guy can get some more of the rod second from the right i love that rod from ht and i cant find them anywhere

Wallmart

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Slick-Ice-Combo/19528773
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Post by: hounds on Dec 03, 2012, 07:30 AM
I saw some at BPS and Cabela's just last week.
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Post by: william bennett on Dec 03, 2012, 07:08 PM
what size of pvc tubes do you use for your rod holders. i want to make some to add to my sled...bill
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Post by: jbird68 on Dec 03, 2012, 07:46 PM
I don't have rod holders but I would guess 1 1/2".
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Post by: pipeboy98 on Dec 03, 2012, 08:09 PM
in the close up of my rods anyone know where a guy can get some more of the rod second from the right i love that rod from ht and i cant find them anywhere

It is an ht and I just held one at the st. Paul ice show this last weekend...it was from extacklestore.com

Here is the link
http://www.extacklestore.com/winter/Ht%20Slick%20Ice%20Fishing%20Rod%20&%20Reel%20Combos.htm (http://www.extacklestore.com/winter/Ht%20Slick%20Ice%20Fishing%20Rod%20&%20Reel%20Combos.htm)

Good luck
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: AZbassernCO on Dec 03, 2012, 08:17 PM
the rod holders are simple plastic pipe that was used extensively in old wells cut to langth and screwed to the sled and i think they are 1.25 but two rods would not slide in easy so just cut a slit to allow them to fit and they are still snug as can be
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Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 04, 2012, 06:24 AM
Some rod's will fit in 1" some in 1.25 and some in the 1.5" pvc. Just measure the end of your rod's to know which will work best for you.
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Post by: Scuba Steve 3 on Dec 13, 2012, 09:07 PM
Does anybody know how pvc pipe would work in place of the skis?
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Post by: frozengator on Dec 13, 2012, 11:31 PM
It will break too cold for pvc. :o
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Post by: bwackwabbit on Dec 14, 2012, 08:11 PM
Just wanted to thank Smitty for his design and for sharing it with all of us!

Built mine yesterday (only mod was using 2x8 for the risers) ready for the Great White North.

No pics cuz I put it to use right away. It is carrying a Frabill Recon DLX loaded w/gear, and what used to be a huffin' puffin' heart attack waiting to happen is now a cakewalk!

Like others I have had to stop and turn around to make sure it was still there! The pond I was on today included AB wind created drifts of 2'-3' and this thing just glides over without issue.

Love It!

Cheers.
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Post by: monoped on Dec 14, 2012, 09:11 PM
Got to wrap up smitty sled(mods never end though!) Need to build a tow bar and debating making a pair of 2x2 runners that clamp on as sacrificial wear bars instead of wheels to run gravel or hard surface to get to ice. 
Thanks for sharing smitty! Its appreciated.
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Post by: FISHN NIK on Dec 14, 2012, 11:15 PM
Anybody have any new ideas to install quick disconnect wheels,Thanks again Smitty!
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Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 15, 2012, 07:50 AM
Scroll down on this link. Fordkisskrazy put some wheels on his sled. There is a company that makes a set just like this for about $40. I can't find their web site though.
http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=198038.0
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frigidaire on Dec 15, 2012, 09:15 AM
Nik,

Check out my post on pg 31.  I can switch from wheels to skis (or back) in about a minute.
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Post by: Beets on Dec 17, 2012, 04:18 PM
Took about 3hrs to put this together.Thanxs Smitty,my back thanxs you too!
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi166.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fu104%2Fbeets442%2Fsled1_zps866e011e-1_zpsc8d76534.jpg&hash=e325be62a81ce968a92cf7c8a46f0b30)
^6ft skis(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi166.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fu104%2Fbeets442%2Fsled2_zps24310866.png&hash=ec7ea4fafc680cd15e3762b2d0fc1557)about 2ft apart
55"X24"X10" Otter(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi166.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fu104%2Fbeets442%2Fsled3_zpsc21221c5.png&hash=ef8edfee072d85a8f477a660fde84487)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi166.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fu104%2Fbeets442%2Fsled4_zpsa99856e8.png&hash=65cd88e42d6e477322ecba54e95b9d56)
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Post by: strubedog on Dec 17, 2012, 05:13 PM
What kind of screws and what length to screw into skiis?
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Post by: P Meyette on Dec 17, 2012, 05:32 PM
i used some deck screws i had laying around and countrsunk them ithink they were 2.5 inches long
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Post by: Beets on Dec 17, 2012, 05:49 PM
I used 4" counter sunk in the skis and 3/8 X 5" carriage bolts for top of frame.
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Post by: frozengator on Dec 17, 2012, 11:05 PM
I like the one were conduit fits under the lip of the tub. I was wondering how to make that where you can have it pivot buy pulling two pins and the tub lays on the ice. Then when your ready to go just lift and replace pins.
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Post by: FISHN NIK on Dec 17, 2012, 11:15 PM
Thanks for the info guys,I have some ideas now on this wheel dilema
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Post by: kb on Dec 18, 2012, 04:40 AM
Yes.

http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=226194.msg2274593#msg2274593
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Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 18, 2012, 06:56 AM
I like the one were conduit fits under the lip of the tub. I was wondering how to make that where you can have it pivot buy pulling two pins and the tub lays on the ice. Then when your ready to go just lift and replace pins.

If you figure it out post a few pictures. Sounds like a good idea.
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Post by: mud_n_fun on Dec 18, 2012, 06:57 AM
I like the one were conduit fits under the lip of the tub. I was wondering how to make that where you can have it pivot buy pulling two pins and the tub lays on the ice. Then when your ready to go just lift and replace pins.
Oh sure, blab out the next one I am going to build. Plans are in the works for my Kodiak!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 18, 2012, 07:00 AM
Oh sure, blab out the next one I am going to build. Plans are in the works for my Kodiak!

Were all family.  :clap:
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Post by: nicjohnsrud on Dec 19, 2012, 09:05 PM
Here is my mini/solo smitty. Haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I think it will work well for solo trips out on the ice! (if we ever get any here in southwest WI)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1273.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy417%2Fnicjohnsrud%2FDSCN1766_zpsbdf397bd.jpg&hash=114e772f8614fae2629910785714731d)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1273.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy417%2Fnicjohnsrud%2FDSCN1765_zps629f3a22.jpg&hash=b96df13b9da03cf1e2e957194deb84f1)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1273.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy417%2Fnicjohnsrud%2FDSCN1764_zps1b786854.jpg&hash=4477ad8f24c4241e847a22213c59d757)
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Post by: Eddie Spaghetti on Dec 22, 2012, 07:31 PM
Nice looking sled Nic!
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Post by: frozengator on Dec 23, 2012, 06:39 AM
Oh sure, blab out the next one I am going to build. Plans are in the works for my Kodiak!
LOL, sorry!  Well hurry up so I can copy it!
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Post by: hounds on Dec 23, 2012, 05:56 PM
nice
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Post by: monoped on Dec 23, 2012, 06:09 PM
If i ever get to painting mine i think i,ll paint "SMITTY" on it when its done.

Ya Nic that sure is purty. Needs a touch of fish slime though!
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Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 24, 2012, 09:00 AM
I think painting "Smitty" on the side would look great.....but I'm a little partial LOL. Nice looking sleds boys!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Buck1985 on Dec 24, 2012, 09:08 AM
I'm glad i made one this fall, my woodworking needs some work though haha. Tried it for the first time yesterday, what a difference! Thanks smitty for this thread!
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Post by: jbird68 on Dec 24, 2012, 10:35 AM
It helps to have the right tools for the job. All I have is a circular saw and a mitre saw too cut my 2 x 6's. When I cut my notches in the top, I screwed two side pieces together, marked my slot and made multiple passes until the slot was somewhat flat. Then I unscrewed them and mounted them to my skis, placed the cross-members in the slots and drilled my bolt holes. I don't have a wood shop...so I just used what I had.
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Post by: WYIfish on Dec 25, 2012, 11:24 AM
I built a "smitty sled" three years ago. I put a 48 quart cooler on it to store lunch . sit on, and tip ups in. I painted it all black and  the Sun really warms it up.    I also added about 20 feet of pull rope. 'this makes it easier on the arms as the long hemp rope acts as a shock absorber for my steps.  with a smaller back rest, I screwed some pvc tubes to slide my rod handles in. My jiffy STX lays down one side.
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Post by: shake on Dec 27, 2012, 08:57 PM
here's our sled...built with nicjohnsrud who posted the mini smitty on the previous page...he did more working, i did more PBRing.

broke down
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1152.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fp487%2Fyesimshaking%2FDSC_5926-1.jpg&hash=224ed2c08ba14c81ae63dc68dbb083e5)

assembled
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1152.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fp487%2Fyesimshaking%2FDSC_5939.jpg&hash=ed9e699e389a696c3b5db15cf2cfcb07)

ths skis
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1152.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fp487%2Fyesimshaking%2FDSC_5937-1.jpg&hash=3d73d24c103f822a6d2962127bd8e591)
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Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 28, 2012, 05:58 AM
Nice style, that is one custom smitty sled.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: shake on Dec 28, 2012, 02:07 PM
Nice style, that is one custom smitty sled.

thanks smitty...and thanks for this great idea!
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Post by: hazy_eskimo on Dec 28, 2012, 07:16 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi48.tinypic.com%2F219qjjq.jpg&hash=ff1ac2936a0f3d037a74b6bbfd341f0d)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi46.tinypic.com%2F2drb02x.jpg&hash=90e245f07823cceb1c895bffde2d3cee)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi49.tinypic.com%2F261ned0.jpg&hash=982f3d3003afada43b36029368fdbeea)


Just joined this forum and have been loving all the tips and ideas, the sled pulls great and all fits(barely) in the back of my jeep.
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Post by: Lobes on Dec 29, 2012, 06:54 PM
I just never get tired of seeing more of these every year!

                                     :tipup:
NBG
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: TonyD on Dec 30, 2012, 01:58 PM
Hey smitty, quick question if you don't mind - what is the length that you cut the 2x6's?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: muskydg on Dec 31, 2012, 03:32 PM
Smitty, x 2 on the length of the 2x6's. just starting my sled. made mine out of 2x8's by 2 feet long and angled the fronts. Also how far from the back end of the skiis did you start your first riser. Looking forward to see how easy this is going to pull.

Thanks
Dennis
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Steellord2 on Dec 31, 2012, 03:38 PM
Just got my Smitty sled completed. I can't wait to try this out on the ice.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi174.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fw87%2FSteellords-Maille-Designs%2FClam%2520Kenai%2FDSCN0836_zpsa96f59fa.jpg&hash=9b6a7e959eb42d40c92ad59090b2a5f1)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi174.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fw87%2FSteellords-Maille-Designs%2FClam%2520Kenai%2FDSCN0841_zps3dda5f68.jpg&hash=e48b38ebfe4c5e63d8623571cd111c3f)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mud_n_fun on Dec 31, 2012, 09:27 PM
Tried both of mine out today! There was no snow on the ice  so everthing towed liked there was nothing there.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Jan 05, 2013, 11:32 PM
Broke my smitty sled today. First, I had it loaded in the back of my truck and as I was letting it down to the ground I dropped it and broke the cross members. Managed to make new ones but my bolt holes didn't line up. I got it reassembled and did go fishing. Then after getting home, I was taking it apart and the top of one of the risers broke off. That'll take a bit more work to get that fixed. Might have to start over with new risers and stronger cross members. Then I noticed the weld on one of the forks on my auger track broke. Didn't make for a very productive day.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Roccus on Jan 07, 2013, 01:10 PM
Broke my smitty sled today. First, I had it loaded in the back of my truck and as I was letting it down to the ground I dropped it and broke the cross members. Managed to make new ones but my bolt holes didn't line up. I got it reassembled and did go fishing. Then after getting home, I was taking it apart and the top of one of the risers broke off. That'll take a bit more work to get that fixed. Might have to start over with new risers and stronger cross members. Then I noticed the weld on one of the forks on my auger track broke. Didn't make for a very productive day.

What you can do if you use a 2X6 board for a riser is to sister a piece of 1/2" plywood (shaped like the riser)  screwed and glued to the riser....this will add substantial strength to the wood and it will be less likely to break along the grain... if i were to make another one... I'd sister two pieces of 3/4 plywood.. screwed and glued for my riser... I also  beefed up my cross members by using 2X6 boards instead of 2X4's... I morticed and tenioned ( 2" tenion) them to add more stability and torque the risers less...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: monoped on Jan 07, 2013, 01:47 PM
I used 2x6 with tenon also,a little bit of play but consoled my self some give is all right.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IceMan97 on Jan 09, 2013, 09:19 PM
Very nice looking sled! I like how you have the shanty and your auger on the side of the sled, This is what I was thinking I would like to do. I have two questions, do you fasten down your sled to the cross bracing? And how do you make it so that the cross bracing will be allowed to be removed for the skis? This is what is slowing me down a little bit. Thank you!

Iceman

here's our sled...built with nicjohnsrud who posted the mini smitty on the previous page...he did more working, i did more PBRing.

broke down
(http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p487/yesimshaking/DSC_5926-1.jpg)

assembled
(http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p487/yesimshaking/DSC_5939.jpg)

ths skis
(http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p487/yesimshaking/DSC_5937-1.jpg)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: nicjohnsrud on Jan 10, 2013, 05:58 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1273.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy417%2Fnicjohnsrud%2FDSCN1818_zpsbdf00c5b.jpg&hash=94a091480f44fb5660fd602f9d3664f0)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1273.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy417%2Fnicjohnsrud%2FDSCN1817_zpsb33167cc.jpg&hash=1afb2f54af818d152ae5c7987e978b89)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1273.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy417%2Fnicjohnsrud%2FDSCN1816_zps347aca33.jpg&hash=1e922114089c0d9c5b9ba45a4b91071f)

We did a 3/8 inch steel rod in the base, and just holes drilled in the 2x4 cross pieces. Have eye bolts on the end of the cross pieces and use a short bungee going to a hole drilled in the lip of the sled. Haven't actually used it on the ice yet, don't need the auger with 5 inches of ice, but it seems real sturdy, and hopefully will work well.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ddlpole on Jan 12, 2013, 07:19 PM
Took advantage of this warm weather, and make me a Smitty today.  Just wanted to say thank you for the great concept!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 13, 2013, 06:44 AM
Everybody is doing great work on these, keep em' coming. I am loving all the imagination everybody is coming up with.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Davey why on Jan 13, 2013, 09:37 AM
What is the best way to secure a nanook 2 man to a smitty sled
The sled has aluminum cross supports
I tried bungee cords  --   ratchet straps  i would rather not drill any holes in the tub
 Thanks
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lynng on Jan 14, 2013, 04:22 PM
I just made mine and I LOVE IT!  Thank you Smitty. I cannot tell you how much easier it is to pull. I used to be very reluctant to take my Hub shelter because of the weight, but no longer. It really makes life much easier. I made it a little wider than the Jet Sled to accommodate my Hub beside the sled. I also added some rubber roofing patch material to the cross members and they hold the Jet Sled in place like glue.

Thanks again Smitty.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1355.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fq710%2Flynngoodwin%2FIceFishing%2F002_zps2d1d5eae.jpg&hash=c203e1e7567c5236dd36b0ee84219950)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1355.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fq710%2Flynngoodwin%2FIceFishing%2F002_zpse758d334.jpg&hash=18857975848234430dadbb27b421d693)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1355.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fq710%2Flynngoodwin%2FIceFishing%2F003_zpsb78e6664.jpg&hash=a9c12b67a31b6c10f9092f6d97327cc5)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mud_n_fun on Jan 14, 2013, 07:14 PM
What is the best way to secure a nanook 2 man to a smitty sled
The sled has aluminum cross supports
I tried bungee cords  --   ratchet straps  i would rather not drill any holes in the tub
 Thanks
Bungee cords work great.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Mr.Walliye on Jan 16, 2013, 10:56 PM
Very nice. I'm all about budget ideas!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Hando on Jan 18, 2013, 10:05 AM
I love that this thread is still going after 4 years! Impressive.  Still using my Smitty sled from way back in the original posts!   :tipup:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: slammin slabs on Jan 19, 2013, 06:45 PM
I have recently purchased a clam sleeper.  And am thinking of making a smitty sled for it it is 4'x8' when folded up and weighs roughly 175lbs has anyone made a 4 ski with steering front ski smitty sled?any thoughts I have a drawing I will try to post. 

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mud_n_fun on Jan 19, 2013, 06:54 PM
I made a steerable cart for a large 500lb power washer once. I kind of designed it of the steering system of a go cart. It worked great and could have easily been use for a ski system. Sorry I never took pics of it and I don't work at that shop anymore.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: slammin slabs on Jan 20, 2013, 11:33 AM
I am going to use a swivel chair mount simple and light weight.   But I am still in the drawing phase I want it to be able to come apart easily and assemble easily that is why im choosing the smitty style sled but my house is larger and heavier than any ive seen on here
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hamms on Jan 21, 2013, 10:55 AM
Guy on local lake had a sled built like this and sat on his house and used his snowblower with chains on the wheels to pull himself out on the ice. ;D lite snow cover... funniest thing to see.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Dizzy on Jan 27, 2013, 07:39 AM
Here's my version of the "Smitty" fresh out of the shop for it's maiden voyage last night. 2x8's for the legs, 2x4's for the cross members, storage locker mounted on 1" PVC frame for the body... ski's cost me $10 at Deseret Industries (Utah's version of Salvation Army).
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi101.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm53%2Fjdizz66%2F02-1_zps5383e413.jpg&hash=8d947b7292e2d4540608153d679a8581)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi101.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm53%2Fjdizz66%2F03_zpsbd80cd41.jpg&hash=831bad4c7c3baf7719903b8361a1f0f7)

A modified "Blitz Box" (aka tough crate, milk crate) holds the jigging rods
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi101.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm53%2Fjdizz66%2F04_zpsf9ec5bc4.jpg&hash=ddf8a0b08e91d0fe390d553d9cbd7578)

The mount for my Vex is a modified "carry over" from my original Jet Sled Jr. modification
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi101.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm53%2Fjdizz66%2F05_zpsbd14982a.jpg&hash=066f4a671f40bdea4b04bd0f8b04b058)

Broken down, packed away inside the Xterra
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi101.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fm53%2Fjdizz66%2F01_zpsb2899546.jpg&hash=f1563b88551ee3bfa26ed1d4644daf16)

Thanks for the inspiration Smitty! :tipup: :tipup: :tipup:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Jan 27, 2013, 07:46 AM
Very nice looking set up. I see you don't mess around when it comes to lounging around. I have never see anyone with a lounge chair in their set up. Better to take a nap when things are slow huh?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: pastaboy on Jan 27, 2013, 08:01 AM
Very nice!! For a $15 investment you are going to have many years of fun!  :thumbsup: Great job!!  :clap:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hounds on Jan 27, 2013, 12:07 PM
Sweet looking set up..................Li ke the use of the PVC and the wood.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: nicjohnsrud on Jan 27, 2013, 09:37 PM
Nice and clean Dizzy, I like!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Dizzy on Jan 28, 2013, 01:35 PM

Very nice looking set up. I see you don't mess around when it comes to lounging around. I have never see anyone with a lounge chair in their set up. Better to take a nap when things are slow huh?


Exactly... sometimes comfort trumps functionality!  ;D



Very nice!! For a $15 investment you are going to have many years of fun!  :thumbsup: Great job!!  :clap:


Thanks. And yeah, about that $15... the ski's alone cost me $10... I stopped tallying after that!  :P
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: golffanman on Jan 28, 2013, 07:07 PM
Picked up a set of X country skis from Goodwill today.......$8.99. Dragging my flat bottom sled is killing me. Some of the lakes I fish require a long walk to get to the fish. I did lengthen the rope and that did help a lot. But tomorrow I'll be building a Smitty sled......ditching the old flat bottom and I bought a heavy duty tool box with a hinged lid. Time to get organized and get fishing..........more to come.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Dizzy on Jan 29, 2013, 08:49 AM

Picked up a set of X country skis from Goodwill today.......$8.99. Dragging my flat bottom sled is killing me. Some of the lakes I fish require a long walk to get to the fish. I did lengthen the rope and that did help a lot. But tomorrow I'll be building a Smitty sled......ditching the old flat bottom and I bought a heavy duty tool box with a hinged lid. Time to get organized and get fishing..........more to come.


I hear that! I was amazed at how easy the ski-mounted sled glides across the slush and snow. Welcome change from that snow plow (aka Jet Sled) that I was pulling around.  ;)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinnut on Jan 30, 2013, 10:04 AM
ok here is the finished sled, had to move the front bar a little back.
have to undo 4 screws to take it apart

(http://i534.photobucket.com/albums/ee349/efka2000/IMG_0188.jpg)

(http://i534.photobucket.com/albums/ee349/efka2000/IMG_0190.jpg)

(http://i534.photobucket.com/albums/ee349/efka2000/IMG_0189.jpg)

Can improve by replacing screws with quick release pins. Drill thru fitting to accept the pin. Easy in, easy out, no need for a screwdriver.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: efka on Jan 30, 2013, 08:53 PM
little update... had it out twice, held like a champ when fully loaded.
i was even sitting on the bucket that was in the sled and i didn't break the elbows or bent the pipes.

fishinnut... i was thinking exact same think after 2nd day on the ice, it only takes few turns with mini screwdriver but pins are much easier. already bought them and will be ready for the next trip.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Jan 30, 2013, 11:03 PM
Finally made one, I had some left over wood from the deck so I cut down the 4x4s and used 2x6s on the cross beams. Now I need to figure out how I want to attach the wheels. I really don't want to have to take them off and on. Thought about a hinge system. Just haven't had a real good idea yet.(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi439.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fqq115%2Frkrouse%2F20130129_165722.jpg&hash=7c746f237c2891b578bed1fd0bf9faa2)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi439.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fqq115%2Frkrouse%2F20130129_165820.jpg&hash=55b16b00378d8a73a9a175b024d29689)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: golffanman on Jan 31, 2013, 09:52 AM
Ok, I've put in some garage time and got a sled built............well, do you ever have it completely done? The first picture is my old fishing sled. The rods/reels aren't in there, but you get the picture. Throw everything in and hope for the best. This little sled would have me huffing and puffing across the ice I tell ya. And when its snowing or raining the thing would fill up with water.......everything would be wet.......and then freeze........well, you get the picture.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi969.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae171%2Fgolffanman%2FIce%2520Sled%2FDSC00633_zpsece2dae2.jpg&hash=a532658d472a5a8f39c19c2c159002f8)


Now, thanks to Smitty, I have a sled beginning to take shape. I used 2x6's on the skis and 2x4's for cross braces. I'll use the Xcountry skis for now, but plan on finding downhill skis to replace them. I hope this rig isn't too heavy. I haven't really had a chance to get out since the warm up.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi969.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae171%2Fgolffanman%2FIce%2520Sled%2FDSC00642_zps4b4ed07d.jpg&hash=4bca8a40e2c468afecd2843fafb73098)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi969.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae171%2Fgolffanman%2FIce%2520Sled%2FDSC00640_zps6987e588.jpg&hash=de2caa79eab56f492a61f0cd9b14c0eb)

The box I used is a Contico Xtreme toolbox. It has a hinged lid that I can sit on and will keep my stuff drier. Mounted my Nils on one side, buckets on the back and pole holders across the front. I'm working on a really nice way to store my rod/reels on the back side of the lid. I'll post that soon. We got some snow last night, so I'll take her out for a test drive today.

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hounds on Jan 31, 2013, 12:13 PM
Smitty was a genius. :tipup:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: efka on Jan 31, 2013, 03:20 PM
why is it called smitty again?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Jan 31, 2013, 03:43 PM
why is it called smitty again?

Just go to the first post.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: efka on Jan 31, 2013, 04:03 PM
oh i saw the first post, i see it was created in 2009, but what made me ask this question is another post that i came along which goes to 2004



Here is one I built this year. I love it!..It's a little heavy to load in the truck, but I can still do it by myself. I can also carry ALL my gear without stuff falling out, and it pulls like a breeze.

(http://www.fishingvermont.net/images/otherpics/sled/sled_side.JPG)

not trying to be smarta$$, but am i missing something?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Nightbird on Jan 31, 2013, 06:28 PM
36 pages later I'm ready to start mine. Thanks to all who have shared so much info!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Jan 31, 2013, 09:14 PM
oh i saw the first post, i see it was created in 2009, but what made me ask this question is another post that i came along which goes to 2004

not trying to be smarta$$, but am i missing something?

The "original" Smitty sled breaks down, easy to transport.  Many have used skis before, (I build my home made "portable" on ski's several years ago.) but the Smitty sled is ideal for most of us.  cheap, lightweight, compact, and glides across the snow / ice even when fully loaded.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 01, 2013, 10:01 AM
I never called it the "Smitty Sled" from the start, but........the reason I made it and posted it here was...........affordable to build, easy to build, and compact enough to fit in a car, people have coined the phrase which I am very flattered by, and the , well, 35+ pages of threads speaks for itself. I just wanted the guys that are on a budget to know, that they can have a sled too that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to build.

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: efka on Feb 01, 2013, 10:38 AM
Thanks for instructions, you made everyones ice fishing much easier...was just wondering where the name came from, thats all..
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: TrackerG on Feb 01, 2013, 11:05 AM
Smitty is a bonafide living legend.....on Ice Shanty anyway!!! lol
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Water and ice on Feb 01, 2013, 11:19 AM
Is there a reason why people cut an angle on the base?

How long do most people make there base?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Dizzy on Feb 01, 2013, 01:28 PM

1) Is there a reason why people cut an angle on the base?

2) How long do most people make there base?


1) Looks cool? I don't know  :roflmao:

2) Just as an example, I used 2x8's for the base and I think they're 16" on the bottom with a 45° angle cut starting 1" up from the bottom. The result up top may have been 10˝" or so. It was really a look/feel thing for me... no hard rules here.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinnut on Feb 01, 2013, 04:22 PM
Smitty was a genius. :tipup:

Smitty IS a genius!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jepik on Feb 01, 2013, 07:41 PM
I think the next step is to get smitty on mt. rushmore.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Feb 01, 2013, 07:46 PM
Smitty is a bonafide living legend.....on Ice Shanty anyway!!! lol

I am on Colorado Boards and Smitty is a legend there also. I send anyone that wants to learn to this site.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: TrekJeff on Feb 03, 2013, 07:31 AM
Is there a reason why people cut an angle on the base?

How long do most people make there base?

The angled base pieces are so it cuts through snow rather than pushes.  Make your base to suit your needs.  Make it so the width and length suit your needs.   I went a couple inches narrower on width so it turns easier and the length suits the lodge style shanty I use.. Just run with it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: servocam on Feb 03, 2013, 10:33 PM
I almost made my SmittySled this year.  I think I will have to for next year.  This year I just put two small sleds side-by-side.  Clip in front and bungee strap in back.  I think I need to put slot & pin.  All the gear just fits in the trunk of my car.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi306.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fnn261%2Fservocam%2FIMG_0480_zps22e4176c.jpg&hash=816ddd28107afa81971bca94fb28a620)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinnut on Feb 03, 2013, 11:53 PM
The angled base pieces are so it cuts through snow rather than pushes.  Make your base to suit your needs.  Make it so the width and length suit your needs.   I went a couple inches narrower on width so it turns easier and the length suits the lodge style shanty I use.. Just run with it.

How do the angled bases cut thru the snow? The snow is flattened by the ski before it makes contact with the angled base.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Feb 04, 2013, 06:32 AM
How do the angled bases cut thru the snow? The snow is flattened by the ski before it makes contact with the angled base.
I think it is more of a JUST IN CASE deal with the angles. Or it could be for the young bucks that run across the ice to get to their spots. They don't want any wind dragging them down.

This  | Blocks snow.
This \  Doesn't.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: TrekJeff on Feb 04, 2013, 08:25 PM
How do the angled bases cut thru the snow? The snow is flattened by the ski before it makes contact with the angled base.
Not when you factor the Coriolis effect
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Idahogator on Feb 04, 2013, 09:51 PM
Not when you factor the Coriolis effect

Au contraire !      :nono:

The axis is linear.      :roflmao:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: servocam on Feb 04, 2013, 11:04 PM
After 36 pages...there has to be a Mechanical Engineer or Drafter here that could work up blue-prints/assembly instructions with a BOM and post on Google Drive for everyone? 

Or just read the past 36 pages (or first 4 or 5) :-)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: TrekJeff on Feb 06, 2013, 10:24 PM
Au contraire !      :nono:

The axis is linear.      :roflmao:
:thumbsup: :icefish:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IceKing4 on Feb 08, 2013, 01:37 PM
So it's going to snow like a foot or so over night tonight. Going out Sunday for a contest. Is my Smitty going to be useless with my Nanook and all of my gear on top of it? Will it just sink through the snow?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinnut on Feb 08, 2013, 02:22 PM
Will be better than your Nanook and gear without it!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: tomturkey on Feb 08, 2013, 02:52 PM
Looks like maybe I should have 2 x 12s for risers on my new Smitty instead of 2 x 6s since we got a foot of snow last night. LOL Still better than trying to drag my Kenai
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hounds on Feb 08, 2013, 07:18 PM
You only really noticed the Corolis Effect when your Hammered.............. .....LOL
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Tater13 on Feb 09, 2013, 08:33 AM
Yup, i'll be stealing this idea.  Thanks
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Feb 09, 2013, 10:38 AM
The angles make it look faster, so you think that your getting to your spot faster than you really are!!  But its a secret, so don't tell anyone.....
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! (Pic heavy!
Post by: mjmeyer on Feb 10, 2013, 09:37 AM
Well, I finally built one! I shamelessly stole ideas from many of the posts here including the Rubbermaid FastTrak mounts on the side from ASATMillerbluegill.
I got some things right, some wrong but easily correctable. The side rails work wonderfully, leaving the inside of the tub for "stuff". Usually mine and others' stuff.

My brilliant idea of placing a "blind" pronged T-nut in a hole in the side of the uprights is a bust. The Eyebolts thread easily into the nut and fasten the whole thing together very securely, but the way I mount the sled on top with Cam lock straps make securing it unnecessary. I will move the eyebolts to the side of the uprights and place a second carriage bolt as a pin to prevent scissoring of the joint. The holes for these pins were all drilled using a drilling block keeping the spacing exactly the same front or back left or right. This makes the cross members fit no matter where they're placed.
It pulls very well considering the load I carry. The rope is 25 feet of soft polypropylene and I can place it behind the neck and around the shoulders like a harness.
It has a very wide stable stance which makes for a 60 ft turning radius, so I pick up the front to turn it around. I up-slanted the uprights to make sure the lift instead of submarining. Probably unnecessary.
I may even paint it once I'm sure of the configuration. The painted ones I've seen here all have a "finished" look to them. Thanks to Smitty and all of the others here who have contributed their ideas to this sled.
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1111.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fh480%2Fmikejmeyer%2FSmitty%2520Sled%2FHeadon.jpg&hash=d355f0ce364b557c28851015839f7da8)
Headon
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1111.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fh480%2Fmikejmeyer%2FSmitty%2520Sled%2Faugerside.jpg&hash=1547f9a36ba315c769f56f6c08575129)
Auger Side (Eskimo 8" Stingray 33)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1111.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fh480%2Fmikejmeyer%2FSmitty%2520Sled%2Faugerremoved.jpg&hash=2a8f7697278c0e21fb6aab089c75c27b)
RubberMaid FastTrak with Hose Holder mounted
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1111.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fh480%2Fmikejmeyer%2FSmitty%2520Sled%2FTentside.jpg&hash=2b9a8d3d30fcba710fa3657f550aafed)
Tent Side (Eskimo QuickFish 3)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1111.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fh480%2Fmikejmeyer%2FSmitty%2520Sled%2FcaptiveT-nut.jpg&hash=a6c35656b01dee8e28f51150380ea5ad)
Captive T-Nut inside the upright
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1111.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fh480%2Fmikejmeyer%2FSmitty%2520Sled%2Fropeattachment.jpg&hash=545d3ae9570734e6f7b3acbe9e916102)
Rope Attachment
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: panfisherman on Feb 10, 2013, 09:41 AM
Sweet build mjmeyer.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Feb 10, 2013, 10:08 AM
Sweet build mjmeyer.
Thanks, it was fun.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MLBob on Feb 10, 2013, 06:49 PM
why is it called smitty again?

Check out the first page of this thread.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Dizzy on Feb 10, 2013, 10:48 PM
Nice sled mjmeyer!  :tipup: :tipup: :tipup:

I love the paralelogram cut on the uprights... looks fast, even sitting still  ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: makintracks on Feb 11, 2013, 12:41 PM
I almost made my SmittySled this year.  I think I will have to for next year.  This year I just put two small sleds side-by-side.  Clip in front and bungee strap in back.  I think I need to put slot & pin.  All the gear just fits in the trunk of my car.

(http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn261/servocam/IMG_0480_zps22e4176c.jpg)

wouldn't it be easier to pull in tandem(one behind the other),  should be way less drag. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: coolhand_luke on Feb 15, 2013, 07:10 AM
Nice job Mjmeyer!  What did you use for a drilling block?  You have some great ideas that I will definitely be "borrowing" when I make mine!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: servocam on Feb 15, 2013, 06:23 PM
wouldn't it be easier to pull in tandem(one behind the other),  should be way less drag.

Yes, probably and that was the original plan.  Didn't get around to doing that yet.  It pulls easy as it is.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Feb 15, 2013, 07:17 PM
Nice job Mjmeyer!  What did you use for a drilling block?  You have some great ideas that I will definitely be "borrowing" when I make mine!
I took a chunk of 2x4 and inch and a half and measured the same distance from each edge. Used it to drill all of the holes so the cross members could be installed in any configuration. No need to mark front or back left or right. I'm abandoning the idea of the eyebolt through the cross member and replacing it with another carriage bolt. Strapping the sled tub down eliminates the need to secure the cross members. The eyebolt will go through the face of the uprights. It will slap together much quicker.
Mike
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: makintracks on Feb 15, 2013, 08:24 PM
Yes, probably and that was the original plan.  Didn't get around to doing that yet.  It pulls easy as it is.

well if it works don't mess with it is my method of operundi.   happy fishin.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: wingnut19 on Feb 15, 2013, 10:34 PM
smitty sled is the best thing I ever did
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Kevin23 on Feb 20, 2013, 09:03 AM
Yes, probably and that was the original plan.  Didn't get around to doing that yet.  It pulls easy as it is.

Aren't those sleds backwards?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: redrover on Feb 20, 2013, 11:52 AM
MJMeyer, My only suggestion would be to run your pull rope through the holes in your skis & attach the ends to your 2X uprights. That really helps to keep the tips up & out of the snow.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Feb 20, 2013, 08:19 PM
MJMeyer, My only suggestion would be to run your pull rope through the holes in your skis & attach the ends to your 2X uprights. That really helps to keep the tips up & out of the snow.
Thanks, I'll try that!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: tomturkey on Feb 20, 2013, 10:34 PM
MJMeyer, My only suggestion would be to run your pull rope through the holes in your skis & attach the ends to your 2X uprights. That really helps to keep the tips up & out of the snow.
I ran the rope through the bottom of the ski and put the knot on the top side to get lift. I did not use any quick links. I also have a pretty good length off pull rope that is tied with knots that are easy to untie in case a need a rescue rope
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fastribs85 on Feb 23, 2013, 11:27 PM
ok guys im curious how the smitty sleds are working with any type of flipover style sled i have a kenai and when its fully loaded with any snow it can be  a real bear to drag anyplace or is there a better suggestion that might help making pulling it easier?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Feb 24, 2013, 07:09 AM
ok guys im curious how the smitty sleds are working with any type of flipover style sled i have a kenai and when its fully loaded with any snow it can be  a real bear to drag anyplace or is there a better suggestion that might help making pulling it easier?

Are you saying it is still hard to pull using a Smitty sled or just as it is? With a Smitty sled it should be a lot easier.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 24, 2013, 08:06 AM
ok guys im curious how the smitty sleds are working with any type of flipover style sled i have a kenai and when its fully loaded with any snow it can be  a real bear to drag anyplace or is there a better suggestion that might help making pulling it easier?

It will definitely help your cause.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fastribs85 on Feb 24, 2013, 09:58 AM
Are you saying it is still hard to pull using a Smitty sled or just as it is? With a Smitty sled it should be a lot easier.

yes wondering if it will help my cause i built something similar maybe 8 years ago all out of plywood and that was a bear to drag if i remember correctly because when i got in the snow drifts it would begin to plow and fall into the snow
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: pipeboy98 on Feb 24, 2013, 11:02 PM
ok guys im curious how the smitty sleds are working with any type of flipover style sled i have a kenai and when its fully loaded with any snow it can be  a real bear to drag anyplace or is there a better suggestion that might help making pulling it easier?

I would bet you a beer at the bar that if you put your fully loaded portable on my smitty sled that my 10 year old son could pull out on the lake for you!  I put my 1980's babe winkleman eskimo suitcase on it and a 20 lb lp cylinder, camera, 2 buckets of poles/tip ups, auger, minnow bucket, cooler with food and drinks and usually my son will drag it out for me!  it just glides so easy on those skis it's ridiculous!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Feb 25, 2013, 12:10 AM
ok guys im curious how the smitty sleds are working with any type of flipover style sled i have a kenai and when its fully loaded with any snow it can be  a real bear to drag anyplace or is there a better suggestion that might help making pulling it easier?
FYI, Just came back from upper Wisconsin and there was quite a bit of snow on the ice. I have the frabil predator and with probably 150lbs of equipment in it. If I didn't have the smitty sled I probably wouldn't have made it out where I needed to be. I walked a heck of a ways and the sled pulled great. Now if you stop, it takes a little tug to get it going but it goes great. I may try waxing my skis too. I would say that may help.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: tomturkey on Feb 25, 2013, 04:28 AM
FYI, Just came back from upper Wisconsin and there was quite a bit of snow on the ice. I have the frabil predator and with probably 150lbs of equipment in it. If I didn't have the smitty sled I probably wouldn't have made it out where I needed to be. I walked a heck of a ways and the sled pulled great. Now if you stop, it takes a little tug to get it going but it goes great. I may try waxing my skis too. I would say that may help.

I had trouble with the dark blue skis on my smitty heating up in the sun and getting ice froze to the bottom when they cooled off. I reverted to my old practice from 60 years ago when using old maple skis and toe strap bindings.. I turned the skis up side down and got my propane torch out a long with a bar of paraffin. I heated the paraffin up and rubbed it one the skis, then took the torch to even it out.
Wow did that help. I lost hold of the rope last night coming up over a drifted in sea wall and the sled went back wards 20 yards.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fastribs85 on Feb 25, 2013, 11:16 AM
awesome guys thanks for the input think one might be order then guess a project for the weekend or this summer
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Nightbird on Feb 27, 2013, 11:41 PM
I rub on snowboard wax, then even out with heat gun.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: diddly4 on Mar 04, 2013, 06:37 PM
So I just bought a Clam 5600 and I'm going to build one of these "smittysleds" but I was wondering if I some how built my sled so that after I set up the ice shelter I could put it on top of the sled and fish from it. The reason I want to do this is two fold, first I can easily open the floor flaps and just drill into the ice. I won't have to first mark the ice, then move the shanty, drill the holes and then move the shanty back. Secondly I can easily move my shanty around after I have set it up on the ice in case I want to move. So does anyone think this is possible? How much weight can these sleds hold? I'm thinking I'd make it traditionally with two skis for initial transport but then allow me to increase the size to 3 or 4 skis once set up shelter is placed on top. How much would I need to reinforce the floor so that if I'm in the shanty walking around the floor won't warp under my weight and anyone else inside? Can I achieve this with just cross beams of 2x4s or would I need a sheet of plywood. Obviously o wouldn't want it to get too heavy that i have trouble pulling it. Maybe I'm over thinking this but I figure I've got all off season to perfect it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: beeverfishing on Mar 04, 2013, 07:26 PM
So I just bought a Clam 5600 and I'm going to build one of these "smittysleds" but I was wondering if I some how built my sled so that after I set up the ice shelter I could put it on top of the sled and fish from it. ...................... ...................... ......... or would I need a sheet of plywood. Obviously o wouldn't want it to get too heavy that i have trouble pulling it. Maybe I'm over thinking this but I figure I've got all off season to perfect it.

Yes, you could do it.  I'd suggest using a sheet of 1/2" or even 5/8" plywood.   I would also make some type of "box" to go from the opening in the shanty to the ice to keep the cold air from blowing back up the holes.  and be sure to lay it out so that when you drill your holes, the ski's or supports aren't in the way... Personally I think it would be easier to mark the holes and slide the shelter over it..  You can always load the opened up shanty back on the sled to move it..  I've done it many times..
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishNdisc on Mar 21, 2013, 07:27 PM
Thanks to everyone who has posted pics and of course the creator of this thread.  Finally made a "Smitty Sled".  Well actually my father in-law made it for me.  My first attempt was an epic failure which resulted in a pile of junk attached to some skis.  I decided to pony up and go spend the $4 for a 2x6.  I can not even describe how awesome this "Smitty" design is.  I had a whole week off for spring break and intended on ice fishing the whole time.  After 3 days of dragging my Nanook thru 10 inches of slush and wet snow I was rewarded on Friday with my completed sled.  After a 10 minute walk (normally 20 min easy) I got to my new honey hole and had a limit of crappies in a little over an hour.  I now look forward to dragging (opps I should say gliding) my new sled out.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Mar 21, 2013, 11:00 PM
Thanks to everyone who has posted pics and of course the creator of this thread.  Finally made a "Smitty Sled".  Well actually my father in-law made it for me.  My first attempt was an epic failure which resulted in a pile of junk attached to some skis.  I decided to pony up and go spend the $4 for a 2x6.  I can not even describe how awesome this "Smitty" design is.  I had a whole week off for spring break and intended on ice fishing the whole time.  After 3 days of dragging my Nanook thru 10 inches of slush and wet snow I was rewarded on Friday with my completed sled.  After a 10 minute walk (normally 20 min easy) I got to my new honey hole and had a limit of crappies in a little over an hour.  I now look forward to dragging (opps I should say gliding) my new sled out.
Well show it off!!!!  PICTURES
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Idahogator on Mar 22, 2013, 12:39 AM
Welcome to Iceshanty fishNdisc.

Stick around for the summer, you'll be amazed.   
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishNdisc on Mar 22, 2013, 08:07 AM
Pictures of my new Smitty sled are in my flickr account,  can't figure how to get pics up yet.  No bolts needed. 
http://flic.kr/p/e5cTYA
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: JigginChenango on Mar 22, 2013, 09:27 AM
38 pages and lets just say I am impressed! Lookin for skis and have plans drawn up, operation I want one about to start. Thanks smitty.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Mar 22, 2013, 07:51 PM
Here is my sled before rounding the corners and painting it. Minimal weight, no fastners. The cross pieces are mortised into the uprights. They just pop right out.
 Used it today.
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2Ffish%2FIMG_0645_zps2a9f2cff.jpg&hash=e826bda2884c3c854cddbb174f0c757f)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinnut on Mar 23, 2013, 10:28 AM
Here is my sled before rounding the corners and painting it. Minimal weight, no fastners. The cross pieces are mortised into the uprights. They just pop right out.
 Used it today.
(http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n617/ljc2tall/fish/IMG_0645_zps2a9f2cff.jpg)

I know you're trying to lighten the sled but I don't think the plywood will cut the mustard. JMHO. I could be wrong.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Mar 23, 2013, 01:34 PM
been out 3 times with it and no problems yet. my sled( homemade flip over) only weighs 33# empty
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_0688_zps25058800.jpg&hash=3de27421bfe6ce04e727985f1cf93bf6)
I don't even tie it down to the sled.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishNdisc on Mar 28, 2013, 09:02 PM
I want to thank everyone for posting pictures of their Smitty sleds.  I now enjoy gliding across the ice.  Although still envious of the 4 wheelers and snowmobiles.  I get a nice 15 minute jaunt to my new honey hole.  No Joke, first time with new sled, limit 21 crappies, 4 gills.,;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Blugoat5 on Apr 07, 2013, 05:26 PM
Do you have pictures of the sled Thanks
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishNdisc on Apr 19, 2013, 08:41 AM
Private message sent.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Phazer icefishing on Aug 13, 2013, 08:45 PM
Do smitty sled work behind a snowmobile/atv?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Aug 13, 2013, 09:07 PM
Just don't hit the brakes!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: tomturkey on Aug 14, 2013, 05:27 AM
Just need to make a tow bar to keep it from hitting the back of the snowmobile
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mud_n_fun on Aug 28, 2013, 07:30 PM
Garages are warm and skis are cheap. Now's the time to think about making a sled.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: monoped on Sep 19, 2013, 08:31 PM
I flattened the ends of conduit and rounded corners,drilled each to accept speed clips,two ends are over lapped at 6 wheeler hitch and clipped.Other ends to a stout eye bolt each side inside towards sled front. Not looking for hurky jerky start stops or would incorporate a spring to reduce shock.The small amount of play at linked ends should be fine if hauled sanely.
Not originally designed for towing but Thanks Smitty!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishNdisc on Sep 23, 2013, 09:53 PM
Might even wax the skis for the first full season with my new sleigh.  Super Easy design awesomeness.  Can't wait for first ice. @)
Pictures here, Zero bolts.
http://flic.kr/p/e5cTYA
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Fontona19 on Sep 23, 2013, 09:58 PM
Might even wax the skis for the first full season with my new sleigh.  Super Easy design awesomeness.  Can't wait for first ice. @)
Pictures here, Zero bolts.


That is a great idea. Really liking the no bolts concept.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Sep 23, 2013, 10:06 PM
I use mine all year. I pull wood, dirt, groceries, whatever in mine.  Put some wheels on it and you'll look for excuses to use it just to make your life easier.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Sep 24, 2013, 06:47 AM
Ok, I've put in some garage time and got a sled built............well, do you ever have it completely done? The first picture is my old fishing sled. The rods/reels aren't in there, but you get the picture. Throw everything in and hope for the best. This little sled would have me huffing and puffing across the ice I tell ya. And when its snowing or raining the thing would fill up with water.......everything would be wet.......and then freeze........well, you get the picture.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi969.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae171%2Fgolffanman%2FIce%2520Sled%2FDSC00633_zpsece2dae2.jpg&hash=a532658d472a5a8f39c19c2c159002f8)


Now, thanks to Smitty, I have a sled beginning to take shape. I used 2x6's on the skis and 2x4's for cross braces. I'll use the Xcountry skis for now, but plan on finding downhill skis to replace them. I hope this rig isn't too heavy. I haven't really had a chance to get out since the warm up.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi969.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae171%2Fgolffanman%2FIce%2520Sled%2FDSC00642_zps4b4ed07d.jpg&hash=4bca8a40e2c468afecd2843fafb73098)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi969.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae171%2Fgolffanman%2FIce%2520Sled%2FDSC00640_zps6987e588.jpg&hash=de2caa79eab56f492a61f0cd9b14c0eb)

The box I used is a Contico Xtreme toolbox. It has a hinged lid that I can sit on and will keep my stuff drier. Mounted my Nils on one side, buckets on the back and pole holders across the front. I'm working on a really nice way to store my rod/reels on the back side of the lid. I'll post that soon. We got some snow last night, so I'll take her out for a test drive today.


I had similar setup. tried using it in deep snow. coming from parking area, had to go down slight hill.and then step down edge to ice. think tipped over. luckily, everything was locked in the box.  my setup was top heavy. gonna widen the cross pieces and lower the center of gravity.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Oct 23, 2013, 09:41 AM
Love em' all......Thanks for keeping this thread alive.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Oct 24, 2013, 07:01 AM
center of gavity - same thing happened to me last year also going to lengthen the cross pieces
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Oct 24, 2013, 07:29 AM
mjmeyer - the way you have the auger handle hanging so low, doesn't it drag in deep snow? wouldn't this be problematic?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 04, 2013, 07:56 PM
wouldn't it be interesting to get a count of how many of these sleds have been built since Smitty 1st posted this?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Nov 04, 2013, 08:11 PM
mjmeyer - the way you have the auger handle hanging so low, doesn't it drag in deep snow? wouldn't this be problematic?
It DOES hang very low. I haven't hauled it through much snow. I wish it would mount horizontal rather than vertical. I'll need to look into it if we get much snow. It hangs naturally the way it's shown in the photo. If I find a solution, I'll post an update.
Mike 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Nov 04, 2013, 09:21 PM
Bungie the handle up or mount the auger on top with bungies.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: musky8it on Nov 04, 2013, 11:52 PM
Its about that time and many are thinking of makeing a sled.
I posted photos of mine early in this thread and I don't see them anywhere so I posted them again.

My runners are made of 1" conduit pipe. I drilled holes into the front/back 2x4 so that I can pull out the runners if I need to.
The rod holders are golf club tubes. As the photo shows I drilled holes on one side of the tube so I could run my screwdriver into the tube and attach to wood. It works for me and is cheap and light as possible. On fresh snow it cuts down thru the snow and runs on the ice. Can run thru about 10" of snow, here in Indiana thats normally good enough.

My load is heavy, a 2-man shanty, vex, underwater cam, etc. so its heavy. So with skiis I found on fresh snow they fall down thru and don't cut thru the snow as good as conduit, maybe I didn't have wide enough skiis.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fpic20.picturetrail.com%2FVOL1582%2F13658479%2F24471408%2F407987427.jpg&hash=9b053c17cf72ddb2460f181f82605a25)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fpic20.picturetrail.com%2FVOL1582%2F13658479%2F24471408%2F407987428.jpg&hash=b863870db3d23155f2ae91d595a6d997)

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Iceomaniac on Nov 05, 2013, 12:06 AM
Nice job Musky8it.  If you fill up all those pole holders you shouldn't have to tie a single jig on while on the ice! 

Love all the ingenuity in the posts!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: musky8it on Nov 05, 2013, 05:46 AM
Nice job Musky8it.  If you fill up all those pole holders you shouldn't have to tie a single jig on while on the ice! 

Love all the ingenuity in the posts!

Yep all full with poles. My upclose eyesight is very poor so re-tieing different colored jigs on 2-3lb line I find hard. Much easier just to change poles.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: WYIfish on Nov 05, 2013, 09:32 PM
I made my sled from cut down 2x4's to save a little weight, and the real prize was a yard sale cooler, a 48 quart. It was surprisingly lighter than a tool box and that kept the center of gravity lower on the trip out. On the trip back it's usually full of lake trout so it has a lower center of gravity then.  With little snow in southwest Wyoming, I can go with the 2x3's for the materials on the frame and not drag bottom.  Another cheapy tip is to stop by the local house being built and get permission to dumpster dive.  Contractors throw away a lot of scrap pieces that are gold to the sled builder. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 06, 2013, 06:59 AM
I made my sled from cut down 2x4's to save a little weight, and the real prize was a yard sale cooler, a 48 quart. It was surprisingly lighter than a tool box and that kept the center of gravity lower on the trip out. On the trip back it's usually full of lake trout so it has a lower center of gravity then.  With little snow in southwest Wyoming, I can go with the 2x3's for the materials on the frame and not drag bottom.  Another cheapy tip is to stop by the local house being built and get permission to dumpster dive.  Contractors throw away a lot of scrap pieces that are gold to the sled builder.
I like your tip on Dumpster Diving. Construction is far and few around here though.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 06, 2013, 07:15 AM
wouldn't it be easier to pull in tandem(one behind the other),  should be way less drag. 
need a bigger sled
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 06, 2013, 12:52 PM
Over 101,000 views!! Thanks for keeping the "smitty sled" going!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 06, 2013, 12:53 PM
Over 101,000 views!! Thanks for keeping the "smitty sled" going!
Thanks goes to you Smitty.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 06, 2013, 08:50 PM
Over 101,000 views!! Thanks for keeping the "smitty sled" going!
yeah, but how many sleds built?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Nov 07, 2013, 06:03 PM
I would like to share the Smitty Sled I made. I still have to add a tow rope. I plan on drilling a hole in the tip of each ski and anchoring the ends to eye screws in each of the two risers up front.
Many thanks to Smitty and all of you who posted comments and pics of your own builds for inspiring me.
The cost was about $25-30. I had the skis(curb-side special) and the wood. I purchased some Spar Varnish and Liquid Nail adhesive. I added the hangers on each riser as a way to hold my Fish Trap or my other sled to the top of the Smitty Sled using bungee cords.
The pins holding the cross members in place were landscapers nails which I had. I recessed the screws into the bottom of the skis as suggested by numerous members. I used a band saw, drill, hammer and sawsall. I carved the Bass, Pickerel, Perch and Gill on each riser using a Burgess Vibro-Tool, from the dark ages, as well as some whittling blades.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 07, 2013, 06:44 PM
Sweet. Like the Carvings.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Nov 07, 2013, 07:25 PM
Sweet. Like the Carvings.



Thanks Lefty!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 07, 2013, 09:26 PM
Carvings are awesome
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Nov 08, 2013, 12:48 AM
Carvings are awesome


Thanks Rdhammah! It was my first time using the Vibro-Tool. Made things a lot easier.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 10, 2013, 08:06 PM
Corndog.....you have taken it to the next level, the carvings look simply amazing, I am glad I could inspire you. Thanks for sharing your beautiful sled. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Nov 10, 2013, 09:14 PM
Corndog.....you have taken it to the next level, the carvings look simply amazing, I am glad I could inspire you. Thanks for sharing your beautiful sled. Smitty

Many thanks Smitty.. But honestly I never would have done it if you hadn't started this thread..
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: 4426 on Nov 16, 2013, 07:15 PM
I decided to build a smitty sled because we bought a new shelter this year and it wouldn't fit on our sled without modification. I built a frame off the back of the sled and put straps there to strap a chair and the shelter there.  I've pulled it through the snow when we got a few inches of it a week ago and it pulled with ease. I was just wondering if you guys think it will be easier to pull if i cut off the part of the skis after the rear support so the weight on the back lifts the front up or do you think it is better to leave it as it is?

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 17, 2013, 06:48 AM
Great job on your build, you will love it! I don't think cutting your skies off at the back will make any difference of how it pulls, I would leave them alone. I cut about 6 in. off mine, but that was solely so they would fit in my car.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lynng on Nov 17, 2013, 07:16 AM
Don't cut them any shorter. The more surface area the more weight they can float in snow. That's why powder skis are so much wider than cross country skis.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Nov 17, 2013, 08:08 AM
Don't cut them any shorter. The more surface area the more weight they can float in snow. That's why powder skis are so much wider than cross country skis.

X2

And the center of gravity will still be rearward if that gains you an advantage. I would prefer a balanced load, however. It makes more sense to me to spread the weight over the skiis evenly.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: 4426 on Nov 17, 2013, 10:02 AM
Okay thanks for the advice, we have a truck so length is not an issue and I was thinking that also (more surface area equals more payload ) , just wanted to be sure
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: diddly4 on Nov 18, 2013, 10:20 PM
What works better, cross country skis or downhill skis? Thanks.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Nov 19, 2013, 03:29 AM
Downhill.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lynng on Nov 19, 2013, 07:09 AM
Downhill.

No question downhill. If you can, use a more modern pair of "All Mountain" skis.  You are trying to "float" weight in snow, so the wider the better.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MLRTYM on Nov 21, 2013, 08:50 PM
I think you know what this means…
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Kuyahoorakid on Nov 24, 2013, 11:03 PM
I'm definitely building one this year, but I was wondering if anyone has ever tried putting the skis at a slight angle,  so the metal edges of the skis have some bite into the ice or snow pack? 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Nov 25, 2013, 04:24 AM
I'm definitely building one this year, but I was wondering if anyone has ever tried putting the skis at a slight angle,  so the metal edges of the skis have some bite into the ice or snow pack?
I'd think you'd want them flat to distribute the weight,rather than biting in. Think about skiing, if you're on your inner edges you're trying to slow down. You want minimum resistance.
Mike
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 25, 2013, 06:34 AM
also, if you do put them on edge and if one is straight and the other is not, it will not track straight. called a snow plow turn.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 25, 2013, 07:21 AM
Slide easy not grip. I don't get your logic!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 25, 2013, 07:28 AM
the whole idea for the smitty sled is to make it EASIER you pull your gear
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 25, 2013, 09:09 AM
I'll echo what the others have said.....keep em' flat....let's see it when you get her done.....Thanks Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Kuyahoorakid on Nov 25, 2013, 09:14 AM
I was talking about putting the skis on a slight edge, almost like how an old steel runner sled works, not deviating the angle of the skis themselves.  Just pitching the edges up, in essence.  Oh well, maybe I will give it a shot and report my findings!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 25, 2013, 12:42 PM
i'm sorry. not sure what you mean, then
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: MLRTYM on Nov 25, 2013, 01:24 PM
Got my smitty sled finished. 2x6 bases, 2x4 cross members, green treated. Skis $10, lumber $10, hardware $5.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 25, 2013, 01:44 PM
sweet!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frigidaire on Nov 25, 2013, 02:30 PM
Smitty sled version 2.0  Version 1.0 is on pg 17 or 19; I forget which.  This one uses 2x6 double bolted cross bars to make it more rigid.  Being personally inspected by Chester, world's darkest orange (fat) cat.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frigidaire on Nov 25, 2013, 02:36 PM

Here is version 2.0 fully loaded with 120qt cooler, Shapell 6000, Jiffy 30 (1982!) and a folding camp chair.  Four foot extra strong bungee cords to hold everything down.  Ready for the ice!!! Soon!!!!

I tried to get both pics into one post but I failed ???

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Nov 25, 2013, 02:37 PM
Got my smitty sled finished. 2x6 bases, 2x4 cross members, green treated. Skis $10, lumber $10, hardware $5.

SWEET!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Nov 25, 2013, 02:38 PM
Here is version 2.0 fully loaded with 120qt cooler, Shapell 6000, Jiffy 30 (1982!) and a folding camp chair.  Four foot extra strong bungee cords to hold everything down.  Ready for the ice!!! Soon!!!!

SWEET!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 25, 2013, 02:48 PM
Good work on the new version. I think I will have to go with the 2x6's next year and double bolts.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: diddly4 on Nov 27, 2013, 01:58 PM
Is there any need to compensate for the slight upwards bow that skids naturally have in the middle along with the slight taper of thickness from the middle to the end/tip. It seems to me that even with weight on top if the finished sled it the 2x6s that are being attached to the skis won't be exactly parallel to the ground. Will this slight angle really have that much of an effect? I plan on building my sled this weekend. Thanks.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: chuckrudy on Nov 27, 2013, 02:02 PM
You did good :tipup: :icefish:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frigidaire on Nov 27, 2013, 03:30 PM
Reply to Diddy4.  The rise in the middle of the ski is of no concern.  If you use long-ish blocks like mine, 14" on the bottom, held on tightly with 4 countersunk screws each, you will forcibly remove most of the bulge. Otherwise your load simply straddles it anyway. :)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Water and ice on Dec 03, 2013, 10:19 AM
What are people using to cut the notch out of the base? I used a jig saw and made a mess of it. Got it to work some what.

I tell myself this is the test smity sled and the next one will be better.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: one last cast on Dec 03, 2013, 10:32 AM
What are people using to cut the notch out of the base? I used a jig saw and made a mess of it. Got it to work some what.

I tell myself this is the test smity sled and the next one will be better.
drill two pilot holes in the crotch of the notch out if your going to use a jig saw, rather than trying to round the cut
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Water and ice on Dec 03, 2013, 11:04 AM
I did that and still couldnt make a straight cut. Never could cut straight with a jig saw must be a left handed thing.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Dec 03, 2013, 02:33 PM
I used a band saw then a nice sharp chisel..
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Dec 03, 2013, 08:48 PM
What are people using to cut the notch out of the base? I used a jig saw and made a mess of it. Got it to work some what.

I tell myself this is the test smity sled and the next one will be better.
clamp all bases together. mark where you want the notch - just draw a line across the top of the bases. preset your table saw or circular saw to the depth that you want. make several passes to cut the notch. each pass can be like 1/8" from the last one so that you have a series thin pieces standing. knock out these standing pieces. your cross piece will fit in the notches. it's like cutting 1 and getting 4.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: killa1 on Dec 03, 2013, 09:19 PM
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Dec 03, 2013, 09:28 PM
I had to modify/repair my risers. While unloading my sled last year I dropped it off the back of my truck. I ended up breaking the cross beams as it crashed too the ground. I made new cross beams. Then while taking apart the newly fixed smitty sled one of the risers broke at the top. Since my cross beams were made from scraps I had in my garage (1 1/2 x 2"), I thought I would make new, stronger ones from 2 x 4's. So I had to cut my notches wider. What a pain in the butt to cut each one as it is still on the ski. I did it but it isn't pretty. And the one riser that was broken I had to screw on a "L" bracket. I might get through this winter and them redo it all next summer.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Dec 03, 2013, 09:41 PM
clamp all bases together. mark where you want the notch - just draw a line across the top of the bases. preset your table saw or circular saw to the depth that you want. make several passes to cut the notch. each pass can be like 1/8" from the last one so that you have a series thin pieces standing. knock out these standing pieces. your cross piece will fit in the notches. it's like cutting 1 and getting 4.
Nearly exactly what I did . My clamps only allowed me to cut two at a time, but I got two for one. Exactly the same size.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bee on Dec 04, 2013, 09:35 AM
Finished this up today. I'm 68 and pan fish. So its travel lite for me. Its all in the tote and the tote is my seat. My Tanaka/Mora 6 in. rides on top.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: headjigger on Dec 04, 2013, 12:16 PM
Wow the smitty sked is a awsome idea.. the people using jet sleds on top are you screwing the sled to the 2x6's or just setting it up there and bungieing it down ??Iam definitely makinone. of these this weekend.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 04, 2013, 02:37 PM
I use bungees.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Dec 04, 2013, 02:44 PM
I have an Eskimo Sled and use Cam-Lock straps. Quick and easy.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: dorion81 on Dec 06, 2013, 05:20 PM
hi all, new here and just started my build. i'm at the stage where i have to mount the skis/legs to the undercarriage of the sled and was wondering how far back on the skis should the sled be attached? should the back of the sled be in line with the back of the skis? should i leave a few inches of rear ski over-hang? should i put the sled dead center of the skis? any help would be appreciated! :)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ship of fools on Dec 06, 2013, 05:23 PM
hi all, new here and just started my build. i'm at the stage where i have to mount the skis/legs to the undercarriage of the sled and was wondering how far back on the skis should the sled be attached? should the back of the sled be in line with the back of the skis? should i leave a few inches of rear ski over-hang? should i put the sled dead center of the skis? any help would be appreciated! :)

dead center  ;)   ….    just like skiers on skis
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: dorion81 on Dec 06, 2013, 05:39 PM
makes sense lol thanks for the reply! :)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Dec 07, 2013, 10:19 PM
I still am trying to figure out a quick wheel setup.  Just for going across parking lots. Right now I have large bolts but I use my drill to put them on and take them off.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Fontona19 on Dec 07, 2013, 11:06 PM
I still am trying to figure out a quick wheel setup.  Just for going across parking lots. Right now I have large bolts but I use my drill to put them on and take them off.


Maybe something like a quick release on a bicycle wheel.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: copperjohn on Dec 08, 2013, 12:27 AM
I was thinking maybe some larger wider lawnmower type wheels mounted on my Smitty's crossboards -  so that it becomes a Smitty Kart when flipped over. Roll it down to the ice then detach sled/gear and flip then reattach ski side down. Permanently installing 6 or 8 inch wheels wouldn't be too hard.  My crossboards extend a foot out so that I can lash the auger or pop-up.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Dec 08, 2013, 03:20 AM
I was thinking maybe some larger wider lawnmower type wheels mounted on my Smitty's crossboards -  so that it becomes a Smitty Kart when flipped over. Roll it down to the ice then detach sled/gear and flip then reattach ski side down. Permanently installing 6 or 8 inch wheels wouldn't be too hard.  My crossboards extend a foot out so that I can lash the auger or pop-up.

Oh! I like this idea! A cart, then flipped and now a sled again. The Smitty Sled/Copperjohn Cart!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Dec 08, 2013, 03:27 AM
Wow the smitty sked is a awsome idea.. the people using jet sleds on top are you screwing the sled to the 2x6's or just setting it up there and bungieing it down ??Iam definitely makinone. of these this weekend.
the sled is not attached to the skis. it is bungeed or tied to them. I use nylon cinch straps with hooks. that way, the skis can be broken down for storage
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Dec 08, 2013, 03:30 AM
I was thinking maybe some larger wider lawnmower type wheels mounted on my Smitty's crossboards -  so that it becomes a Smitty Kart when flipped over. Roll it down to the ice then detach sled/gear and flip then reattach ski side down. Permanently installing 6 or 8 inch wheels wouldn't be too hard.  My crossboards extend a foot out so that I can lash the auger or pop-up.
post a pix  if you do this.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Dec 08, 2013, 05:11 AM
Here's my take on wheels:

http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=260949.msg2683483#msg2683483
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jeepman307 on Dec 08, 2013, 09:03 AM
home made is always better you can customize it to exactly what you need
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frigidaire on Dec 08, 2013, 10:44 AM
Re: Wheels.  My solution was to install 4 screw hooks (not screw eyes), one on each of the 4 upright blocks fore and aft.  Place them about 2 inches above the skis, open side down.  Make sure they are wide enough for your axles to fit within.  This works like a charm.  When you get to the ice, simply lift the sled front and back and the axles will drop right out.  Remove the wheels and spacers ( to avoid rubbing the skis) by removing the snap pins that hold the wheels on.  Your left with two axle rods about 30 inches long, four PVCC pipe spacers and four ~8 inch wheels.  Put the spacers back on the axles and the snap pins back in the axles.  Add the axles and the four wheels to the sled load and go fish. ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Dec 08, 2013, 10:51 AM
how about a picture of this frigidare????
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frigidaire on Dec 08, 2013, 11:18 AM
  I'm still having trouble posting more than one picture at a time  ???.  Anyway here is a close up picture of one of the wheel assemblies. On the outside, simple drill a hole through the 1/2 inch aluminum axle for the snap pin to secure the wheel in place ;D ;D ;D  I resized the picture to 600x450; I hope that's what you get when I post this. ;)

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Cranked on Dec 08, 2013, 11:19 AM
That idea is putting my mind in overdrive.
Definitely need pictures.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Kuyahoorakid on Dec 08, 2013, 01:17 PM
I was thinking maybe some larger wider lawnmower type wheels mounted on my Smitty's crossboards -  so that it becomes a Smitty Kart when flipped over. Roll it down to the ice then detach sled/gear and flip then reattach ski side down. Permanently installing 6 or 8 inch wheels wouldn't be too hard.  My crossboards extend a foot out so that I can lash the auger or pop-up.

I'm lucky my boys are done with their training wheels.  I'm making a mod on my sled to slip an axle through so I can wheel across the asphalt.  I'm trying to keep those $5 skis as good as the day I got them at the rummage sale!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Dec 08, 2013, 08:02 PM
I here I was thinking I was done with my build... Lol
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Dec 09, 2013, 08:34 PM

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For a stronger design, I used thru axles to carry heavier weights:

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At 225 pounds, Ive ridden this sled down my driveway and across my lawn.  Its nice and sturdy.  I just need to put a steering wheel on it to avoid hitting things!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Dec 09, 2013, 08:54 PM
Harbor freight has 8" pneumatic wheels for 5 bucks
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Dec 09, 2013, 09:44 PM
That's where I got mine.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: 4426 on Dec 11, 2013, 08:23 PM
ok i finally got my smitty like sled done and its all painted and waiting patiently for safe ice

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 12, 2013, 06:21 AM
Looks good, hope you get ice soon.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Dec 12, 2013, 07:10 AM
4426 - if you add a 2nd piece with holes drilled out under that rear 2x4 an the rods will stand up straight. nice set up.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 12, 2013, 08:04 AM
4426.......Nice work, you will love it, show us some pics out on the ice. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mikejd on Dec 22, 2013, 06:42 PM
I was on my way home from work yesterday and in  someones yard leaning on a tree was a nice  set of skis with a nice FREE sign hanging from them. Oh yea cant wait to build my sled.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 27, 2013, 07:30 PM
Smitty I made a sled last year and just used it for the first time today. OH my Goosh I hardly knew I was pulling all my gear with the skis. I had to have my wife try it out and she was amazed. I have an Eskimo Z51 auger,2 Chairs with extra cushions,A fold out table, 2 3 Foot Scoops,Marcum troller and bag setup,Another bag with Tip downs,a large bag that has 6 rod/reel combos,It also has 4 double sided Lure/Jig boxes and some small boxes from Custom Jigs and spins,2 Pliers,2 other tins with Fastach and clips,A large Old Pal Tackle box,A bucket with 4 rod holders bait and Extra blades for the auger. Then I had my Shappell Wide House 6500 strapped on the side. I would say over 110 pounds easy. Pulled like a dream.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Dec 27, 2013, 07:52 PM
1010 pounds?  Wow.  And I thought I had too much   I've never weighed it, but it's nowhere close to that.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 28, 2013, 06:46 AM
1010 pounds?  Wow.  And I thought I had too much   I've never weighed it, but it's nowhere close to that.
I thought what? I went back and modified that post. It is 110. I guess I had an extra 0 in there.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Dec 28, 2013, 07:12 AM
Ha ha.  I figured.  Couldn't resist.  I carry probably 50-100 myself depending on what Im doing.  Sometimes its just a rod or two, my hand auger, flasher, and a pocket full of jigs.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Allen1203 on Dec 28, 2013, 08:54 AM
Smitty I made a sled last year and just used it for the first time today. OH my Goosh I hardly knew I was pulling all my gear with the skis. I had to have my wife try it out and she was amazed. I have an Eskimo Z51 auger,2 Chairs with extra cushions,A fold out table, 2 3 Foot Scoops,Marcum troller and bag setup,Another bag with Tip downs,a large bag that has 6 rod/reel combos,It also has 4 double sided Lure/Jig boxes and some small boxes from Custom Jigs and spins,2 Pliers,2 other tins with Fastach and clips,A large Old Pal Tackle box,A bucket with 4 rod holders bait and Extra blades for the auger. Then I had my Shappell Wide House 6500 strapped on the side. I would say over 110 pounds easy. Pulled like a dream.

Pics or it never happened!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 28, 2013, 10:11 AM
Pics or it never happened!
Next trip out. I can't take pictures of what's in the back of my Explorer. Well I can it just wont show you everything. I never did like show and tell. I just liked the tell part.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ship of fools on Dec 28, 2013, 04:39 PM
What is the shortest ski people have used?  I need to replace my original skis and have some really short ones......     Think they would be ok?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 28, 2013, 04:41 PM
I think kids ski's would be good enough for a Jet Sled or Cabela's type sled. Or a smaller one man flip over. Depends on what you use it for.In fact I think they would work for any thing they are longer than.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Yooper77 on Dec 29, 2013, 11:49 PM
I've looked and did not see this question posted, although I may have missed it in the 44 pages. Has anyone started with one style of ski and gone to another (downhill/cross country) ??? I was also curious if anyone had issues with the steel edges on downhill skis cutting or catching on anything ??? Getting ready to build a sled and do not want builder's remorse.
Great designs so far fellas :)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: tomturkey on Dec 30, 2013, 06:20 AM
Down hill skis should be wider giving more support on snow.

Must be making ice up there this morning.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 30, 2013, 06:40 AM
I've looked and did not see this question posted, although I may have missed it in the 44 pages. Has anyone started with one style of ski and gone to another (downhill/cross country) ??? I was also curious if anyone had issues with the steel edges on downhill skis cutting or catching on anything ??? Getting ready to build a sled and do not want builder's remorse.
Great designs so far fellas :)
Just used mine for the first time the other day. The only problem I had was turning too sharp.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Yooper77 on Dec 30, 2013, 06:44 AM
I forgot about making a sled this fall and donated some old Downhill skis to Good Will. Oh well, such is life.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hard4ice on Jan 01, 2014, 10:34 PM
this is by far the most informative thread I've seen on iceshanty!...... I got my mind set on building a smitty sled. my only question I have for you guys is this... What's the best kind of screws you use to mount the wood to the skis itself? Is it possible of the skis to crack during that process? There's not many pictures of the underside of the skis.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Jan 01, 2014, 10:38 PM
I pre-drilled mine, and used galvanized decking screws. I counter sunk them and filled the hole with epoxy leveled off wit a straight edge.   Slick as snot.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 02, 2014, 06:24 AM
I pre-drilled mine, and used galvanized decking screws. I counter sunk them and filled the hole with epoxy leveled off wit a straight edge.   Slick as snot.

I did the same as KB.. With the exception of epoxy in the holes. Decking screws, predrilled and countersunk. Hard4Ice, There are tons of guys who listed their materials and would love to help you out. Good for you to ask questions!
And please post some pics if you make one. I myself have yet to try mine out. Hopefully real soon. Good luck!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frigidaire on Jan 02, 2014, 01:17 PM
Corndog, I want to see pictures.  Did you use my wheel set up??? ;)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 02, 2014, 02:00 PM
Corndog, I want to see pictures.  Did you use my wheel set up??? ;)

I didn't go with wheels, only because my favorite spots have close parking. I may add if necessary. I posted some pics earlier in this thread.. But here's a link..  ;D
 http://s817.photobucket.com/user/EnFuegoUno/library/Mobile%20Uploads?sort=3&page=1 (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/EnFuegoUno/library/Mobile%20Uploads?sort=3&page=1)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Joe Wayne on Jan 03, 2014, 10:28 PM
Just built my "Smitty" tonight after purchasing some new gear.
Pulled it around out in the snow for a bit and it worked like a dream.
Thanks for all of your post and inspiration!

Few pictures of the project.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 04, 2014, 06:43 AM
That's a real nice set-up.....great pics. Your body will like you.......hope you put a LONG toe rope on it tied to the tips....that really helps alot too. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 04, 2014, 07:47 AM
Nice sled Joe!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Joe Wayne on Jan 04, 2014, 08:56 PM
Took it out today for the first time, worked like a charm! I could really tell once I had to pull it up the hill to the truck on how much weights I really had. Fits in the back of my jeep with no problem too!

Cheers!
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 04, 2014, 09:55 PM
Took it out today for the first time, worked like a charm! I could really tell once I had to pull it up the hill to the truck on how much weights I really had. Fits in the back of my jeep with no problem too!

Cheers!

Sweet!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Uncle Al on Jan 05, 2014, 10:32 AM
Now that there have been so many smitty sleds built, is there any right or wrong place to mount the risers on the ski's. I've read where it's better to mount to the back so the ski's will lift. Haven't heard any griping about the risers in the back. How are everyone's working out. I have everything to build a sled, just need the right location for the risers. Everyone's sled looks great, Smitty, thanks. If we meet I'm buying the first round.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Sikaman on Jan 05, 2014, 02:16 PM
First , this is a great idea
I bought a clam Keni last year and it like pulling a volkswagon through any snow deeper than an inch.
I saw this thread and spent all Sumer hunting for skis
I've got my skis
Now
My questions are?
1 being that I will be placing a full clam flip over style shelter on top
Should I , use wood rails , or pipe/PVC ?
2 is there any benifit from having the rails set up high?
3 should I position most of my weight to the rear, to help keep the skis riding on top of the snow?
Thanks for any help
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 05, 2014, 02:38 PM
....
is there any right or wrong place to mount the risers on the ski's.

I decided to mount them about the same distance from the tips and from the tail end of my skis. I also added a rope to the tips of the skis to add lift to the front just in case. There are a bunch of sled made of all different materials. I used what I had.
Also, I suggest taking into account what you will be hauling. I have a one man flip and hand auger. Some use a power auger and placement of the risers might be crucial if you wish to mount a power auger to the rest or the side.
Good luck and let us know if you have any other questions.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 05, 2014, 02:52 PM
My questions are?
1 being that I will be placing a full clam flip over style shelter on top
--Should I , use wood rails , or pipe/PVC ?
2 is there any benifit from having the rails set up high?
3 should I position most of my weight to the rear, to help keep the skis riding on top of the snow?
Thanks for any help

Just my opinion.. I am not an engineer.. Lol

1) I used 2x12's scraps I already had. I have a one man flip, hand auger and maybe a small grill.
2) In doing some research, others like having higher rails for different reasons. I made mine 8"high. I did this mainly for when my flip over is on the sled I can still sit comfortably on the bench seat and my feet will be flat on the ice.
3) Weight distribution depends on a number of equipment related issues. Some have power augers or buckets mounted on the rear or even rack set ups. That extra weight can help in keeping the front of the sled up. I drilled a hole through the tip of each ski and passed the two ends of a length of rope through the holes, knotting the ends. I figure that will help me when I need to lift the front of the sled when loaded.

Hope I helped and that others chime in. Good luck and post some pics when your done!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Joe Wayne on Jan 05, 2014, 03:05 PM
My questions are?
1 being that I will be placing a full clam flip over style shelter on top
Should I , use wood rails , or pipe/PVC ?
If you plan on just making a platform for your sled to sit on, I would use wooded rails and strap your clam to the platform. I chose a PVC frame for my build so that my Otter sled fits perfectly inside without the need to strap or bolt it on. (PVC = more material and less weight.
2 is there any benifit from having the rails set up high?
I approached this issue as the same as jacking up a truck for off-road use. If you get into a deep snow situation, the higher up = more ground clearance. 
3 should I position most of my weight to the rear, to help keep the skis riding on top of the snow?
I would suggest keeping your weight toward the center. Too far back and your skis want to rise up when you pull, too far forward and your diving into the snow.

Hope this helps, good luck on your build.

Cheers!
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IceFishingNate on Jan 05, 2014, 03:14 PM
Finished my sled this weekend.  3 pics for ya! Thanks for everyone's ideas.
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 05, 2014, 03:25 PM
Nice Nate!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Savage Brewer on Jan 05, 2014, 11:38 PM
So here is my question.
I either need 1 sled that is 44" wide by 60" long or two sleds 24" wide by 60" long.

Am I better off with one big sled and about 250 pounds of gear or two narrower ones with the weight split up?

I would thing that the two sleds pulled in tandem (like a train) would be easier to handle, and when I fish with 2 or more people we can split the load up (which means I am only pulling 125 pounds).

Thoughts on this? also has anyone had issues with making one almost 4 feet wide?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 06, 2014, 05:31 AM
Savage.. Here's my opinion.
I believe a 40"wide X 60"long sled would work. I think if you already have the skis you could lay them down and see what you think. The beauty of the Smitty Sled is the portability, in my opinion. The fact that when broken down it can fir into the trunk of a car if you build it that way. Two sleds running in tandem I believe would be tougher depending on the terrain of course.
I hope I've helped and that other chime in. Good luck and post pictures!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 06, 2014, 06:39 AM
Great looking sled Nate.....you are really going to like it...I can guarantee that. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 06, 2014, 06:57 AM
So here is my question.
I either need 1 sled that is 44" wide by 60" long or two sleds 24" wide by 60" long.

Am I better off with one big sled and about 250 pounds of gear or two narrower ones with the weight split up?

I would thing that the two sleds pulled in tandem (like a train) would be easier to handle, and when I fish with 2 or more people we can split the load up (which means I am only pulling 125 pounds).

Thoughts on this? also has anyone had issues with making one almost 4 feet wide?

1st off......the original "smitty sled" wasn't designed for 250 lbs of gear......however....I think you will be better off with one sled..... if pulling whole load yourself or ATV......with 2 sleds IMO you will have another set of skis.....which will add twice as much drag sort of speak.......also, with 2 sleds, it will be harder turning....However.... ..yes it will pull easier if the load is split up and your buddy can pull the another one.......that's a no brainer....250lbs. is a whole lot of weight......and it won't be easy pulling by hand that no matter what you do......ATV or snowmobile  might be your answer.......let us know what you decide. Thanks.  Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Doubleclutch on Jan 06, 2014, 07:30 AM
Well i decided I need to make one!! Dragged my pop up out on Conneaut Lake and it plowed snow the hole way! What a work out!
Going to start building ASAP!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Allen1203 on Jan 06, 2014, 09:10 AM
So here is my question.
I either need 1 sled that is 44" wide by 60" long or two sleds 24" wide by 60" long.

Am I better off with one big sled and about 250 pounds of gear or two narrower ones with the weight split up?

I would thing that the two sleds pulled in tandem (like a train) would be easier to handle, and when I fish with 2 or more people we can split the load up (which means I am only pulling 125 pounds).

Thoughts on this? also has anyone had issues with making one almost 4 feet wide?

I would go single, but I would really look hard to find a wider set of skis click here for examples. (http://www.powdermag.com/stories/15-best-powder-skis/) They would add flotation of your heavier load. Personally I might look into a pair of longer snowboards if my load was that heavy.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ToothTamer on Jan 06, 2014, 04:03 PM
Has anyone done this for their shappell fx200 very interested in the best route here.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Savage Brewer on Jan 06, 2014, 10:00 PM
Well lets see here:
Clam JM 5000 Thermal hub     50 pounds
2.5HP Auger                            25 pounds
Spud bar                                 15 pounds
Mr Buddy heater and tank      15 pounds
Flasher and battery   (x2)       25 pounds
Underwater Camera               15 pounds
tackle, rods, tip-ups ... ...        40 pounds
misc gear and bait                  25 pounds

That puts me at 210 pounds of equipment, it really doesnt take long to add up.

Going to have to think this one over a bit.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 06, 2014, 10:20 PM
That puts me at 210 pounds of equipment, it really doesnt take long to add up.
Going to have to think this one over a bit.

I used 2x12's and I was able to sit in my one man flip without any issues. Oh, I weigh 225lb, so I can safely say wood would work!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jay2k on Jan 07, 2014, 12:39 PM
Built a "smitty" this past weekend.  Have yet to test on ice, but did pull it threw 6 inches of wet snow in my yard.  WOW!!  I've been pulling my 1 man scout for 15 years in deep snow and slush.  What a pain.  No more!!  I might take the width down a bit (right now its 36") but other than that I'm happy.  Its a very simple build and the possibilities are endless.  The hardest part was getting the hardware off the skis.  What a great idea!  Thanks Smitty.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: tomturkey on Jan 07, 2014, 07:34 PM
   The hardest part was getting the hardware off the skis.  What a great idea!  Thanks Smitty.

After trying to unscrew the mounts off the down hills I used to make my Smitty, I decided to grind the screws off. The heat from grinding loosened up the screws so I could unscrew them with ease
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: icerink on Jan 08, 2014, 03:52 PM
Stopped by the local ski shop today and the owner gave me two pair of downhill ski's. I'll be starting my first sled in the next couple of days.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Firefightertom32 on Jan 09, 2014, 01:30 PM
Just built my "Smitty" tonight after purchasing some new gear.
Pulled it around out in the snow for a bit and it worked like a dream.
Thanks for all of your post and inspiration!

Few pictures of the project.


(http://f.cl.ly/items/0x2P1x0N0f451D3N0E1a/image.jpg)

Well I'll be Damned!!! A propane propulsion system on a smitty sled! Must be a first!  :P
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Allen1203 on Jan 09, 2014, 02:07 PM
Well I'll be Damned!!! A propane propulsion system on a smitty sled! Must be a first!  :P

That's funny right there lmao  :roflmao: :thumbsup: :roflmao:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Joe Wayne on Jan 09, 2014, 05:58 PM
I sit right there on the bucket and ZOOOOOMMMMM!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 09, 2014, 06:43 PM
Well I'll be Damned!!! A propane propulsion system on a smitty sled! Must be a first!  :P

I second that propulsion...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: gooner on Jan 09, 2014, 07:19 PM
Here is my $15 sled
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 10, 2014, 10:36 AM
Great job Gooner....looks awesome! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: diddly4 on Jan 10, 2014, 09:08 PM
Ok, I built my sled a couple weeks ago.  Used 2x6s, 3/8x4" carriage bolts (just fit snuggly into the wood no washers/nuts securing them), downhill skis acquired from Craigslist, 16' rope, bungie cords, eye bolts and PVC to make a rack.  Got the idea for the rack from page 4 of this thread where a user with the same shanty as me, Clam 5600.  Fits snuggly over the shanty and is secured with bungie cords.  Used it last week in Northern Illinois on the Chain O Lakes.  There was 4" of snow on the ground when we got there and mother nature added 4" more and the sled road on top the whole way, pulled like a dream. Now if it can only help me catch fish!

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Sled broke down into parts for transport

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Sled put together

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Shanty (Clam 5600) on top

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PVC pipe storage added

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All loaded up and a friend to pull it!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: gooner on Jan 10, 2014, 09:38 PM
Thanks smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hard4ice on Jan 11, 2014, 11:52 PM
Well I'll be Damned!!! A propane propulsion system on a smitty sled! Must be a first!  :P
:roflmao: Zero to 60 in 5 seconds!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 12, 2014, 07:27 AM
Ok, I built my sled a couple weeks ago.  Used 2x6s, 3/8x4" carriage bolts (just fit snuggly into the wood no washers/nuts securing them), downhill skis acquired from Craigslist, 16' rope, bungie cords, eye bolts and PVC to make a rack.  Got the idea for the rack from page 4 of this thread where a user with the same shanty as me, Clam 5600.  Fits snuggly over the shanty and is secured with bungie cords.  Used it last week in Northern Illinois on the Chain O Lakes.  There was 4" of snow on the ground when we got there and mother nature added 4" more and the sled road on top the whole way, pulled like a dream. Now if it can only help me catch fish!

(http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o136/diddly4/Fishing%202014/c0385cff-fecd-488c-a055-26655c81ca63.jpg)
Sled broke down into parts for transport

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Sled put together

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Shanty (Clam 5600) on top

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PVC pipe storage added

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All loaded up and a friend to pull it!

Looks great Diddly!! Thanks for sharing. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: sincityrednek on Jan 12, 2014, 08:02 AM
Getting ready to make my second smitty sled and have the question of how much harder is it to pull one made with snowboards instead? I have a matching pair of snowboards and want to try them for better floatation in the deep powder. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Jan 12, 2014, 08:25 AM
I guess it would depend on the curve at the tip of the boards. There has to have a pretty good curve or they would dig in.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Jan 12, 2014, 08:52 AM
The wider the surface, the harder the pull. Years a go I used water skis, pulled much harder than downhill or cross country skis.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IceFishingNate on Jan 12, 2014, 09:45 AM
I would agree. Narrower skis = less resistance which makes easier pulling
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bmxrider11976 on Jan 12, 2014, 01:18 PM
Anyone mount skis directly to their sled? I just realized I wore a hole through the bottom of my jet sled after running it on some pavement after a hike to a lake. I like the idea of the smitty sled, but dont like the idea of the extra bulk of risers/cross members
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 12, 2014, 01:26 PM
I would agree. Narrower skis = less resistance which makes easier pulling
The wider the surface, the harder the pull. Years a go I used water skis, pulled much harder than downhill or cross country skis.

I totally agree with these 2 guys. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 12, 2014, 02:06 PM
Anyone mount skis directly to their sled?

I am sure you could. I would consider using something on the inside of the sled to screw to. Like either fabricate a plywood bottom in the bottom of your sled or just some 2-3" strips. That way you will have some added support so that the skis won't rip off the bottom. Maybe also adding some water proof construction adhesive between the skis and tub as well.
Just my thoughts...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: bmxrider11976 on Jan 12, 2014, 02:32 PM
I am sure you could. I would consider using something on the inside of the sled to screw to. Like either fabricate a plywood bottom in the bottom of your sled or just some 2-3" strips. That way you will have some added support so that the skis won't rip off the bottom. Maybe also adding some water proof construction adhesive between the skis and tub as well.
Just my thoughts...

Yeah I was thinking about putting a couple of 3/4 by 2 inch pieces of wood along the inside and screw that to the skis. Or maybe a piece of ply on the bottom of the sled. I'm just looking to protect the bottom of my sled, and those hyfax kits are too expensive and I have some skis I could use.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 12, 2014, 03:20 PM
Yeah I was thinking about putting a couple of 3/4 by 2 inch pieces of wood along the inside and screw that to the skis. Or maybe a piece of ply on the bottom of the sled. I'm just looking to protect the bottom of my sled, and those hyfax kits are too expensive and I have some skis I could use.

I think it would work. And maybe you could add some patches to take care of any snow that might get kicked up through the holes. That waterproof construction adhesive works great.
Hint: Diablo blade in a sawsall or cutting disc on an angle grinder makes fast work of those skis.
Post pics when your done
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hard4ice on Jan 12, 2014, 07:38 PM
Anyone mount skis directly to their sled? I just realized I wore a hole through the bottom of my jet sled after running it on some pavement after a hike to a lake. I like the idea of the smitty sled, but dont like the idea of the extra bulk of risers/cross members
I talked to a guy yesterday on the ice with skis mounted directly to the bottom of his old one man flip shanty. only had about a 3" gap in front down to a 1" gap at the back, where the seat is. He screwed it thru to a piece of wood on the inside part of sled and used caulk  under the wood before he tightened up the screws. said he had no problems with water leaking thru.  he says it slides good. couldn't afford a new one so he did that instead.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: gooner on Jan 12, 2014, 08:12 PM
That's how I made my old tote. It looked the same but no riders on it. It worked pretty well but plowed a lot of snow when I was in deeper powder. That's why I have the riders now.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: icerink on Jan 12, 2014, 09:50 PM
Finished my Smitty Sled today. Looks like I could get hurt with this thing. It might run me down ! :-) Thanks Smitty, this thing is great with my Fishtrap aboard.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kb on Jan 13, 2014, 08:19 PM
Mines a slow puller, but definitely better than snow plowing the jet sled alone.  I built it with 2X6, so the sled isn't in the snow.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: roguebaldguy on Jan 13, 2014, 08:21 PM
Just built my "Smitty" tonight after purchasing some new gear.
Pulled it around out in the snow for a bit and it worked like a dream.
Thanks for all of your post and inspiration!

Few pictures of the project.

(http://f.cl.ly/items/0t2q3G0c2D1A1m0x0q0I/Screen%20Shot%202014-01-03%20at%203.18.29%20PM.png)
(http://f.cl.ly/items/0x2P1x0N0f451D3N0E1a/image.jpg)

What are those poles that are attached to the ski's?  I have been looking for a similar thing but dont know what exactly to look for.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Joe Wayne on Jan 13, 2014, 08:24 PM
It's a galvanized flange with a nipple.
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Jan 15, 2014, 03:01 PM
http://www.geteskimo.com/Foundations/Store/shopdetail.asp?params=15575 (http://www.geteskimo.com/Foundations/Store/shopdetail.asp?params=15575)

Eskimo now has a Smitty Sled!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Jan 15, 2014, 11:47 PM
http://www.geteskimo.com/Foundations/Store/shopdetail.asp?params=15575 (http://www.geteskimo.com/Foundations/Store/shopdetail.asp?params=15575)

Eskimo now has a Smitty Sled!
Bet it isn't no 15 bucks!  LOL    Looks heavy duty. I am surprised none of the shack makers hasn't came out wit a pop out skis.  Shappel had something close,  but it wasn't verygood for heavy weight.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Idahogator on Jan 16, 2014, 12:32 AM
WHAAAA ?    144 pounds !  :woot:    I'll guess more than $5.00/ #     It has a drop down feature, but it's no Smitty Sled.      :roflmao:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: roguebaldguy on Jan 16, 2014, 08:51 PM
Found the Eskimo "smitty sled" - $700!!!  Yeah just a tad over $15.  I only have $4.22 invested in mine so far and it hauls over 300 lbs of stuff.  Of course it doesn't have a lowering feature, but i dont want to fish off it so its all good.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Jan 17, 2014, 06:11 AM
Found the Eskimo "smitty sled" - $700!!!  Yeah just a tad over $15.  I only have $4.22 invested in mine so far and it hauls over 300 lbs of stuff.  Of course it doesn't have a lowering feature, but i dont want to fish off it so its all good.
Yeah, it's a bit overengineered and overpriced, but I was surprised at a commercial offering. And only 5 years behind Smitty! I'm VERY happy with mine! I may have $30 in mine with the additions to hold my auger one one side and my tent on the other. Thanks again Smitty!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Drillguy33 on Jan 17, 2014, 03:20 PM
So a dumb question that has probably been answered a few times but...I want to build one for my otter sled how are you attaching it to the smitty?  Is it held in place just by the bungees and weight?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hardwater diehard on Jan 17, 2014, 03:23 PM
So a dumb question that has probably been answered a few times but...I want to build one for my otter sled how are you attaching it to the smitty?  Is it held in place just by the bungees and weight?
   eye bolts on the uprights and use bungees or ratchet strap
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 17, 2014, 04:57 PM
So a dumb question that has probably been answered a few times but...I want to build one for my otter sled how are you attaching it to the smitty?  Is it held in place just by the bungees and weight?

Just take a look at some of the sleds that have been made to get some ideas. I for one just looked around the garage for "stuff" i had to keep the costs down. I went with tie down straps. The kind that have a spring loaded clip. Just my opinion..and like Hardwater Diehard stated eye bolts or another anchoring device in the risers.
Good luck and post pics!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Allen1203 on Jan 17, 2014, 06:22 PM
I think the Eskimo sled is almost the perfect design for the Shappell Bay Runner. I will be incorporating some of it's feature into my smitty sled build. I don't like the ski's on it, I will use downhill skis. I love the raise up feature, that will be awesome to be able to lower the bay runner to the ice for fishing through the trap doors, instead of lifting it off the smitty sled. The wheels... they are a turning in my head.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: icerink on Jan 18, 2014, 08:12 PM
Used my new sled today. AWESOME ! That thing worked just like everyone said it would. Totally happy with it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: d4ng3r3ux on Jan 19, 2014, 04:25 AM
http://www.geteskimo.com/Foundations/Store/shopdetail.asp?params=15575 (http://www.geteskimo.com/Foundations/Store/shopdetail.asp?params=15575)

Eskimo now has a Smitty Sled!
Wow the sled itself is 144lbs. Common where is the aluminium frame.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 19, 2014, 10:54 AM
Used my new sled today. AWESOME ! That thing worked just like everyone said it would. Totally happy with it.

Great to here! Any pics?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Jan 19, 2014, 11:03 AM
Wow went fishing with my boy last night, Got there and set up no problem. Now coming off the ice it snowed and there was probably only 4 inchs new. My sled pulled like heck. Don't know if is because skis need waxed or what. Maybe I need to shed some stuff. (NEVER) ::)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 19, 2014, 01:08 PM
my sled was only 5 bucks for the walker free skies most the other stuff laying around(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1329.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fw549%2Fthomps3%2FIMG_7609_zps5961165b.jpg&hash=fa42a89dab337269256abc9fb0e9173c)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 19, 2014, 01:11 PM
this one is a snowblower cover mounted on a chair mounted on wood mounted on 1/2 of 55 gall plastic drum .oyea a can for a cuppie holder(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1329.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fw549%2Fthomps3%2FIMG00531_zpsc476c1ec.jpg&hash=322b4baf026b1075924a85c2da147afe)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Yooper77 on Jan 19, 2014, 02:40 PM
this one is a snowblower cover mounted on a chair mounted on wood mounted on 1/2 of 55 gall plastic drum .oyea a can for a cuppie holder(http://i1329.photobucket.com/albums/w549/thomps3/IMG00531_zpsc476c1ec.jpg)
That is awesome!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: d4ng3r3ux on Jan 19, 2014, 02:53 PM
Wow went fishing with my boy last night, Got there and set up no problem. Now coming off the ice it snowed and there was probably only 4 inchs new. My sled pulled like heck. Don't know if is because skis need waxed or what. Maybe I need to shed some stuff. (NEVER) ::)
possible ice build up under the ski
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 19, 2014, 02:55 PM
my sled was only 5 bucks for the walker free skies most the other stuff laying around

That's pretty cool!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 19, 2014, 02:57 PM
this one is a snowblower cover mounted on a chair mounted on wood mounted on 1/2 of 55 gall plastic drum .oyea a can for a cuppie holder

Nice windbreak !
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 19, 2014, 05:51 PM
they work great the wind breake don't way it down but the walker will take a 1oo lbs like nothing . check this on I almost got done 35 bucks for the skin for ebay(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi978.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae265%2Fdtthomps1%2FIMG_7933_zps500e8336.jpg&hash=8ad01742d43e3698f242ed3244b049d3)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 19, 2014, 05:54 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi978.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae265%2Fdtthomps1%2FIMG_7938_zps7e25d7cc.jpg&hash=b175b50be64992bca1743f6f554c80de)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 19, 2014, 05:55 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi978.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae265%2Fdtthomps1%2FIMG_7941_zps2f9f02ed.jpg&hash=932043b225c358bdde7692eccd050af9)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Jan 19, 2014, 05:59 PM
anybody build a smitty with the tip down feature so I don't have to unload my sled off the smitty?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 19, 2014, 06:07 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1329.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fw549%2Fthomps3%2FIMG00589_zpsbc3b9c61.jpg&hash=832abc2175d2589a6be3292e2fbe72c7)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 19, 2014, 06:08 PM
can beat that
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 19, 2014, 06:41 PM
I have seen those replacement skins on ebay. I like the square tubing. Nice job!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 19, 2014, 07:34 PM
thanks
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: FINSNGILS on Jan 19, 2014, 08:08 PM
Smitty your a genius. Just tried out my Smitty sled for the first time today, wow, night and day difference. So easy to pull now. Thanks for the great idea  :)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 20, 2014, 08:37 AM
Smitty your a genius. Just tried out my Smitty sled for the first time today, wow, night and day difference. So easy to pull now. Thanks for the great idea  :)

I am glad I could help you out, I appreciate the feedback I get here. Thanks. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Doubleclutch on Jan 20, 2014, 09:30 AM
my sled was only 5 bucks for the walker free skies most the other stuff laying around(http://i1329.photobucket.com/albums/w549/thomps3/IMG_7609_zps5961165b.jpg)
Just wondering how it pulls threw the deep snow with the tip of the ski's toed in like that? I know from sking that when you toe in the tip's it slows you down.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Whopper Stopper on Jan 20, 2014, 09:33 AM
A lot of great ideas in this thread  :thumbsup:

            WS
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: NYSporty on Jan 20, 2014, 10:56 AM
Just wondering how it pulls threw the deep snow with the tip of the ski's toed in like that? I know from sking that when you toe in the tip's it slows you down.

When I made mine straight it would wonder to one side then I toed in the tips just a hair, now it tracks straight as an arrow.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Jan 20, 2014, 03:39 PM
I made some mods. to my smitty sled. I realized that when using smitty to get my sled out on the lake, I was forever leaving it behind when I drilled a new hole. Then after 4 or 5 moves I would have to walk back and get the smitty.
 So I came up with the drop down smitty. Here is the prototype. I have just a little tweaking to do before it is finished. But it seems to work very well (out in my driveway). Simple up and simple down. Being past 90 degrees allows it to stay up without and ties or straps.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1287_zps8bd6d574.jpg&hash=73851ba42697dd463355139df3f766bc) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1287_zps8bd6d574.jpg.html)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1286_zps6b296956.jpg&hash=958892f7c6e7def405a6b79dfce9ae53) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1286_zps6b296956.jpg.html)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1284_zps29787ddc.jpg&hash=2384d556f6d02b79bbbd4f1a1095bda7) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1284_zps29787ddc.jpg.html)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1284_zps29787ddc.jpg&hash=2384d556f6d02b79bbbd4f1a1095bda7) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1284_zps29787ddc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Jan 20, 2014, 03:53 PM
That has to be the best one I have seen. I love the fact it drops down. Might be a lot easier to put back in the vehicle.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Otto on Jan 20, 2014, 03:56 PM
Ljc2tall, that has to be one of the bests mods to the Smitty Sled I have seen.  Simple and effective....PERFECT.
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 20, 2014, 04:30 PM
Just wondering how it pulls threw the deep snow with the tip of the ski's toed in like that? I know from sking that when you toe in the tip's it slows you down.
pulls like a dream
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Jan 20, 2014, 04:31 PM
Thanks for the compliments. All you do to raise or lower is put your feet on the skis so they don't move and lift to raise or push to lower. I am going to put some keepers on the stops to help with any lateral movement. The pull rope goes through the skis and then terminates at the sled. So you are always pulling against the stops. That way it will not collapse when you do not want it to.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: topwaterbait on Jan 20, 2014, 04:46 PM
ljc nice job. I always wanted skis on my flip but didnt want to lift it on and off of them.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 20, 2014, 06:10 PM
ljc2tall..that is cool!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 21, 2014, 05:35 AM
almost forgot about this one I made for my daughter(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1329.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fw549%2Fthomps3%2FIMG_6820_zps34cd0284.jpg&hash=a23d2ef5ca9ddba05b6faa6312d269d6)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 21, 2014, 05:36 AM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1329.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fw549%2Fthomps3%2FIMG_6822_zps690e8ffb.jpg&hash=60cd48f34ec431dadd7606e521c313fa)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 21, 2014, 05:38 AM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi978.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae265%2Fdtthomps1%2FIMG_6814_zpsad9c6778.jpg&hash=c50647026a6ca493fb6636580dcf7fcd)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 21, 2014, 05:39 AM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi978.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae265%2Fdtthomps1%2FIMG_6815_zps02946ce5.jpg&hash=95ace2767f6bfb963739b49b557d92b6)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 21, 2014, 05:40 AM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi978.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae265%2Fdtthomps1%2FIMG_6816_zps1d09cd50.jpg&hash=0492a17550f84deae5c9563d3c65cd67)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 21, 2014, 05:44 AM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi978.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae265%2Fdtthomps1%2FIMG_6819-Copy_zpsbc79ebf4.jpg&hash=fc10f96778c492069b43b60b3f750b37)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Jan 21, 2014, 05:57 AM
thomps, it looks like you repurposed my old Flexible Flyer! Well done!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 21, 2014, 06:04 AM
yea cut It in 1/2 to make it wide as ya as want. and now I get use   my hunting blind  more. cheap flip up
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Jan 21, 2014, 10:51 AM
ljc2tall, you better get a patent on that. They need something like that on those tubs for the big shantys. ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 21, 2014, 11:23 AM
Thomps...you are awesome! Some super cool engineering skills right there.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 21, 2014, 01:01 PM
when you pay your bills and have little left you better use your noggin! hope this helps others out that's all
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 21, 2014, 01:02 PM
Well said Thomps!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 21, 2014, 01:18 PM
thanks  hope to see ya on the ice some day soon c-dog! the thing I like is that
your up off the ice  on ply wood  if you notice I been making most my huts like that.your feets gonna love it
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Jan 21, 2014, 01:39 PM
when you pay your bills and have little left you better use your noggin! hope this helps others out that's all

Nice sled, I like the way it flips over.
You are right about using your noggin. I am retired and have no pension or SS yet. So when I see something I would like, I try my best to come up with a way of making it myself.
 That is half the fun anyhow. Plus it gives me something to do on these very cold days.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 21, 2014, 01:41 PM
thanks  hope to see ya on the ice some day soon c-dog! the thing I like is that
your up of the ice  on ply wood  if you notice I been making most my huts like that.your feets gonna love it
So true about the feet...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 21, 2014, 01:45 PM
ljc2tall  you do nice work mr
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 21, 2014, 01:59 PM
next sled will do a wheel on it like a wheel barrel for  the long land drag if no snow
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Doubleclutch on Jan 21, 2014, 04:34 PM
Got a deal on 2 sets of CC ski's today for $15  ;D
Now I got to start making my sled if I can get the time!
Got some great idea's and will keep you all informed.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 21, 2014, 04:42 PM
great hope the post's helps
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: baginwal on Jan 22, 2014, 01:39 PM
Finally done.............Here's my Smitty Sled! :)

Pulls great.........tested this morning in 10 inches of fresh snow.

Thanks again Smitty! ;)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv108%2Fbaginwal%2Fe452164a-c022-405e-95a6-107913405605_zps6e2a9513.jpg&hash=ac5a7b23f4b71cece06da58b65bcf3fc) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/baginwal/media/e452164a-c022-405e-95a6-107913405605_zps6e2a9513.jpg.html)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv108%2Fbaginwal%2Fa7c90d19-b149-471e-abcc-46401af227c3_zps7ede2ec2.jpg&hash=89d87581f7f0d2901cba694f20f67584) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/baginwal/media/a7c90d19-b149-471e-abcc-46401af227c3_zps7ede2ec2.jpg.html)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv108%2Fbaginwal%2Fb6f43bd0-fe53-474b-b1cc-f57645d687a7_zps11e76f70.jpg&hash=28f6d6e294dc3d9526e73427e9028c36) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/baginwal/media/b6f43bd0-fe53-474b-b1cc-f57645d687a7_zps11e76f70.jpg.html)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv108%2Fbaginwal%2F8de8e6c9-7a11-411e-b5e0-07352ff350a3_zpse656dddd.jpg&hash=db262c4350b77c3f270455841355a221) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/baginwal/media/8de8e6c9-7a11-411e-b5e0-07352ff350a3_zpse656dddd.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Dizzy on Jan 22, 2014, 01:51 PM
Nice Smitty baginwal... heck of a field test too!  :o
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 22, 2014, 02:52 PM
nice job
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Jan 22, 2014, 05:24 PM
Here are a few pics of the completed drop down smitty sled. I do have to move my skis about 3" back so it will fit in my truck. Minor detail, won't affect the build or performance at all.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2Fphotobucket-10661-1390431765080_zps993a0fd5.jpg&hash=fd50b4232539c76e00668397f7fa0258) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/photobucket-10661-1390431765080_zps993a0fd5.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2Fphotobucket-55653-1390431824836_zpse0726746.jpg&hash=4ecc0a7d25688af749abd91ae77c7d87) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/photobucket-55653-1390431824836_zpse0726746.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2Fphotobucket-7931-1390431914975_zps0f772a79.jpg&hash=e5b1ae9d3a262033e5f8ced6e677bf6e) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/photobucket-7931-1390431914975_zps0f772a79.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1295_zpsdb3470ef.jpg&hash=69b1ce5a4836a24b28d2ba622c39eb70) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1295_zpsdb3470ef.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1296_zpsef4bfedd.jpg&hash=2f68c8ba851e1c3a0c8bd3f591ce62bb) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1296_zpsef4bfedd.jpg.html)

You can see how I put a brace on the outside of the leg stop. This keeps lateral movement to a minimum.
Now if the weather would warm just a little I will get it out on the lake.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 22, 2014, 06:30 PM
nice. did you make your own flip up frame also?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Jan 22, 2014, 06:36 PM
I made the whole thing. Made the tub out of alum. Made the frame out of pvc. Sew the fabric for the tent. Bent pvc for the runners on the sled. I have about 50.00 in the whole thing.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: thomps on Jan 23, 2014, 04:16 AM
looks great
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Idahogator on Jan 25, 2014, 09:19 PM
5th year anniversary of this jewel of a sled today.

Congratulations and thanks Smitty.       :thumbsup: :clap:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 26, 2014, 07:31 AM
5th year anniversary of this jewel of a sled today.

Congratulations and thanks Smitty.       :thumbsup: :clap:

Thankyou......I didn't realize it has been that long........Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 26, 2014, 07:44 AM
First time out with mine on Saturday. Some of the guys out there took pictures. Some asked "what's that contraption?".. But all of them were impressed.

Thanks again Smitty and all the others that inspired me to build my" contraption ". It work flawlessly.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi817.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fzz93%2FEnFuegoUno%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2FIMG_20140125_135618_829_zpsbc9353f5.jpg&hash=b1e62150de45f3b961b4d9e02b9aa836) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/EnFuegoUno/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140125_135618_829_zpsbc9353f5.jpg.html)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi817.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fzz93%2FEnFuegoUno%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2FIMG_20140125_135630_810_zps3921ed3e.jpg&hash=b9ba2763d669ad774985f54e946558b5) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/EnFuegoUno/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140125_135630_810_zps3921ed3e.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 26, 2014, 10:47 AM
First time out with mine on Saturday. Some of the guys out there took pictures. Some asked "what's that contraption?".. But all of them were impressed.

Thanks again Smitty and all the others that inspired me to build my" contraption ". It work flawlessly.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi817.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fzz93%2FEnFuegoUno%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2FIMG_20140125_135618_829_zpsbc9353f5.jpg&hash=b1e62150de45f3b961b4d9e02b9aa836) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/EnFuegoUno/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140125_135618_829_zpsbc9353f5.jpg.html)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi817.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fzz93%2FEnFuegoUno%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2FIMG_20140125_135630_810_zps3921ed3e.jpg&hash=b9ba2763d669ad774985f54e946558b5) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/EnFuegoUno/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140125_135630_810_zps3921ed3e.jpg.html)

I love it!! I'm glad questions were asked......Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: slammin slabs on Jan 26, 2014, 12:00 PM
Here are a few pics of the completed drop down smitty sled. I do have to move my skis about 3" back so it will fit in my truck. Minor detail, won't affect the build or performance at all.

Wow this is very nice great craftsmanship and ingenuity well built
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2Fphotobucket-10661-1390431765080_zps993a0fd5.jpg&hash=fd50b4232539c76e00668397f7fa0258) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/photobucket-10661-1390431765080_zps993a0fd5.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2Fphotobucket-55653-1390431824836_zpse0726746.jpg&hash=4ecc0a7d25688af749abd91ae77c7d87) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/photobucket-55653-1390431824836_zpse0726746.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2Fphotobucket-7931-1390431914975_zps0f772a79.jpg&hash=e5b1ae9d3a262033e5f8ced6e677bf6e) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/photobucket-7931-1390431914975_zps0f772a79.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1295_zpsdb3470ef.jpg&hash=69b1ce5a4836a24b28d2ba622c39eb70) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1295_zpsdb3470ef.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1296_zpsef4bfedd.jpg&hash=2f68c8ba851e1c3a0c8bd3f591ce62bb) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1296_zpsef4bfedd.jpg.html)

You can see how I put a brace on the outside of the leg stop. This keeps lateral movement to a minimum.
Now if the weather would warm just a little I will get it out on the lake.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 26, 2014, 01:42 PM
I love it!! I'm glad questions were asked......Smitty

And you got the credit for starting this madness, sir!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Jan 26, 2014, 02:20 PM
Thank Smitty for inspiring all of us.

As you all know we cannot stop tinkering with what we have built. I took my drop down smitty out on Oneida Lake yesterday. It work very well, but when raising it up loaded on the snow it would slip alittle. So today I added a feature that will help with that. I put a spring attach to the pivot points. Now the spring assists in lifting the tub up.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1304_zps299c9d91.jpg&hash=ccbd1f08b0059fe254e2ac5b541f8109) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1304_zps299c9d91.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1305_zpsd49b3a55.jpg&hash=d4ebf3c150d6ca5dc284aac4dcc328a6) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1305_zpsd49b3a55.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Jan 26, 2014, 03:49 PM
Thank Smitty for inspiring all of us.

As you all know we cannot stop tinkering with what we have built. I took my drop down smitty out on Oneida Lake yesterday. It work very well, but when raising it up loaded on the snow it would slip alittle. So today I added a feature that will help with that. I put a spring attach to the pivot points. Now the spring assists in lifting the tub up.

Now that's using the ol noggin! Very cool. I expect a link to a video in the future...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: flatironfisherman on Jan 26, 2014, 08:00 PM
Thank Smitty for inspiring all of us.

As you all know we cannot stop tinkering with what we have built. I took my drop down smitty out on Oneida Lake yesterday. It work very well, but when raising it up loaded on the snow it would slip alittle. So today I added a feature that will help with that. I put a spring attach to the pivot points. Now the spring assists in lifting the tub up.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1304_zps299c9d91.jpg&hash=ccbd1f08b0059fe254e2ac5b541f8109) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1304_zps299c9d91.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1305_zpsd49b3a55.jpg&hash=d4ebf3c150d6ca5dc284aac4dcc328a6) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1305_zpsd49b3a55.jpg.html)

Now all you have to do is figure out how to set it up so you can sit in it while I tow you across the ice!  Might not get as much snow in your face that way!   ;)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 27, 2014, 08:20 AM
Thank Smitty for inspiring all of us.

As you all know we cannot stop tinkering with what we have built. I took my drop down smitty out on Oneida Lake yesterday. It work very well, but when raising it up loaded on the snow it would slip alittle. So today I added a feature that will help with that. I put a spring attach to the pivot points. Now the spring assists in lifting the tub up.

You guys are all welcome!! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Bearsfan on Jan 27, 2014, 08:33 AM
Yea thanks smitty, if I ever get back out that way I'll buy you a Manny's pizza. Mine cost $3.00 (for the tele skis, had everything else laying around).
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Jim_MI on Jan 27, 2014, 10:01 AM
For scouting, I generally just leave my Clam Scout TC on top the sled and only flip the cover down if it is very cold, windy, or a hole looks marginally promising.  I like being able to sit up a bit higher while the Scout is on top the sled.  Has anyone sewn additional skirting to the tent to permit you to flip it over while still on top the sled?  The Drop-Down Smitty design would alleviate this, but I don't want to permanently fasten the pivoting uprights to my tub.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 27, 2014, 11:23 AM
Yea thanks smitty, if I ever get back out that way I'll buy you a Manny's pizza. Mine cost $3.00 (for the tele skis, had everything else laying around).

Ok.....I'll be waiting.....lol...Than ks Smitty

BTW....how do you know Manny's?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Bearsfan on Jan 28, 2014, 08:37 AM
I grew up in Morrison, sister and brother-in-law live there in Fulton.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Jan 28, 2014, 01:30 PM
Ok I guess it is time to get out on the ice. Just one more mod to my drop down smitty. I know I will be fishing a derby in a couple of weeks where I will be pulling my sled down a blacktop road for a ways. I didn't want to wear out the skis so I installed wheels.
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1307_zps5919fad8.jpg&hash=00ea717ea1425de741e8c482a4d8b057) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1307_zps5919fad8.jpg.html)
just drilled thru the skis, slip a bolt thru and put in a hair pin.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1308_zps2f70b213.jpg&hash=30e446c684eca0b92081e07ac7fd533b) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1308_zps2f70b213.jpg.html)

Then I needed a place to store them when I got to the ice. Problem solved.
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1142.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn617%2Fljc2tall%2FIMG_1309_zpsba94ca5c.jpg&hash=d01d177b2d28bc7884e3b308056ed146) (http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/ljc2tall/media/IMG_1309_zpsba94ca5c.jpg.html)
Now it's time to get some fish
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Nightbird on Jan 30, 2014, 12:27 PM
Great innovation, ljc2tall! Next addition might be a human-powered flight mechanism?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Jan 30, 2014, 02:29 PM
Anyone thought of putting a third ski in the middle that pivots for steering? Probably won't be as stable and want to tip. Even a short ski just to get the sled going in a different direction. Just a thought.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Doubleclutch on Jan 30, 2014, 09:14 PM
Got mine built and love the way it pulls!! Pulled it threw 4-5 inch'e of snow on the lake today with out a problem. (https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi91.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fk312%2FKickStand1%2F1453222_788777694484311_1967931807_n_zps88f98c56.jpg&hash=6960c7ea8a43b4d24246768f8a238edd) (http://s91.photobucket.com/user/KickStand1/media/1453222_788777694484311_1967931807_n_zps88f98c56.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Drillguy33 on Feb 01, 2014, 06:58 PM
How long is everyone's rope? (I know a bit personal).
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Feb 01, 2014, 08:24 PM
How long is everyone's rope? (I know a bit personal).
I bought a 25 foot rope. Pulls much better than the short rope (scrap) I originality had. I went with a fairly large diameter soft nylon braid. I stays supple and warm in the cold. 1/2 inch or 3/8 I cannot remember. I used to hook it over my neck and under each arm like a harness, but then I watched someone else pull it and he put the rope over one shoulder and under the other arm. Much more comfortable!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Drillguy33 on Feb 01, 2014, 08:45 PM
Thanks I was thinking about 20 feet.  I actually use a deer dragging harness I picked up at walmart for $4 fits around both shoulders and connects at the waist.  Works great.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Feb 01, 2014, 10:04 PM
Got my sled all loaded up. Easy pulling over all this snow.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frontiernet.net%2F%7Ejaycub%2F1.jpg&hash=7225a2fe080f7fe290cc353c4eaccd1e)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frontiernet.net%2F%7Ejaycub%2F2.jpg&hash=29986963be97e9d2e5a69191b5028324)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frontiernet.net%2F%7Ejaycub%2F3.jpg&hash=d114b025a5b8e5686c3074f305ac62d4)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frontiernet.net%2F%7Ejaycub%2F4.jpg&hash=3c5679be11f95037b846abd0825b80c6)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Feb 02, 2014, 07:05 AM
Good job. What holds the auger on to the PVC? Can't really tell in the picture.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 02, 2014, 07:31 AM
Nice job Jbird, looks great, I am too a little curious of how the auger is attached. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: 4426 on Feb 02, 2014, 08:12 AM
was out on lake erie yesterday and my smitty sled broke :( I should have known better seeing how i only designed it for smooth inland lakes oh well, I already had plans sketched up for a new and improved one anyways lol The leg holding the ski to the sled wanted to come off so we just got a rope and tied it into place so it couldn't completely fall off. It made it back the 1hr and 15min walk but we walked slow and cautiously. Even broken it looked like I had an easier time pulling the smitty than others with their's. Will post pics when I get my new one finished but it will be a lil while yet though
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Feb 02, 2014, 08:46 AM
On top of the vertical posts I modified a pair of those tool holder forks. I cut off the wood screw part and had a bolt welded in its place. Then in the pvc top cap that is screwed to the top of the posts I drilled a hole and fastened it to the cap with washers and a nut.  I have photos in previous post somewhere in this thread.  You might have to go back a couple years to find it.  Once placed in the forks I just use bungee chords to hold it down.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Feb 02, 2014, 09:33 AM
Thanks, I plan on making a new Sled this summer and will ad something to carry the auger instead of putting it in my sled.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: ICEFISH66 on Feb 05, 2014, 04:57 PM
Great idea, ljc2tall!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: buz23 on Feb 07, 2014, 02:53 PM
I've decided the track on my Smitty is too wide.  Out on 10" of soft powder today, started out -3F, pulled the sled 1 mile each way to where we were fishing.  I figured I would give it a day so we could walk in snowmobile tracks, and there were tracks but my Smitty is too wide.  Going to modify by bringing the skis closer together so they fit in a snowmobile track.

For you guys that build them to take apart, prolly would be smart to have a wide track/narrow track option.  They are OK over a little snow but with deep powder it is still a real haul.  Need to take advantage of those snowmobile tracks.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: nessman on Feb 08, 2014, 09:50 PM
Mine...  what a difference with my Otter Wild 2 on 6" of snow. 

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2FGOM6x59.jpg&hash=0b86a0205604a46493fec472b902a65c)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 09, 2014, 07:39 AM
Top knotch nessman, thanks for sharing your experience. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Feb 09, 2014, 08:39 AM
I've decided the track on my Smitty is too wide.  Out on 10" of soft powder today, started out -3F, pulled the sled 1 mile each way to where we were fishing.  I figured I would give it a day so we could walk in snowmobile tracks, and there were tracks but my Smitty is too wide.  Going to modify by bringing the skis closer together so they fit in a snowmobile track.

For you guys that build them to take apart, prolly would be smart to have a wide track/narrow track option.  They are OK over a little snow but with deep powder it is still a real haul.  Need to take advantage of those snowmobile tracks.

GREAT IDEA! I, too have had this problem. Matching the track would make life so much easier. Does anyone have a measurement of Snowmobiile tracks OR as I fear, there is no standard, unlike RR Track which are based on some Roman Chariot or something like that. I'm going to tinker with adjustable ski width come warmer weather.
Mike
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Silverbullet555 on Feb 09, 2014, 09:49 AM
Gonna start assembling stuff this week since the dog house will be done today.

As for how carry your wares, any thoughts on box with lid vs sled?

I have a sled, but it is like new and can be returned. Was thinking of going with a plastic footlocker type box so I could just throw it on the shelf for storage during the off-season. Rod holders could be mounted to the underside of the lid for holding them for storage. If I go that route, I will put it in the middle of the sled, put the auger on one side and the shanty on the other in little notches or brackets.
 
Thoughts on box vs sled?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Feb 09, 2014, 09:58 AM
A box makes good sense. I have an open tub sled and twice this year we got 3 or 4 inches of snow while fishing, It ALL goes into the sled. The covered box would solve that problem. Consider the Rubbermaid Fast Track Mounting system for your auger and shanty. I have some pictures on this thread somewhere as does the person I stole the idea from. It works very well.
Please post pictures when you're done as I may consider dumping my tub in favor of a box with a lid.
Thanks,
Mike
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: flintster on Feb 09, 2014, 02:19 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1369.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fag240%2Fflintster1436%2F5D155DA1-6BF7-420C-8394-F68D51FC7B9A_zpswmr0hb7b.jpg&hash=34b7285618ebab0f762cb04526031124) (http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/flintster1436/media/5D155DA1-6BF7-420C-8394-F68D51FC7B9A_zpswmr0hb7b.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1369.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fag240%2Fflintster1436%2F124CA416-E10D-46CA-9D93-4F9D780FBDAD_zpsjcwudvqk.jpg&hash=0c8987453253958af3a1bec906f63c2a) (http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/flintster1436/media/124CA416-E10D-46CA-9D93-4F9D780FBDAD_zpsjcwudvqk.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1369.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fag240%2Fflintster1436%2FA0CCE6D5-E520-49B4-88CE-C23F2572988D_zpsdkedzmuo.jpg&hash=4f4183e37b32123534b3083853cbc76e) (http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/flintster1436/media/A0CCE6D5-E520-49B4-88CE-C23F2572988D_zpsdkedzmuo.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1369.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fag240%2Fflintster1436%2F9BDAC3BF-2808-4085-93ED-E066079C7386_zpsmjxc5hhz.jpg&hash=107a7f78cb7b1b45f5a1591496a7c034) (http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/flintster1436/media/9BDAC3BF-2808-4085-93ED-E066079C7386_zpsmjxc5hhz.jpg.html)
Heres my Smitty Sled. With all the snow we have this week 30+ inches it will still plow but it will get the job done. My rope length seems to long what kind of lengths are you all using. Thanks it was fun and the kids think its great!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: nessman on Feb 09, 2014, 04:34 PM
Top knotch nessman, thanks for sharing your experience. Smitty

Thanks for the inspiration.  Of course - who said the Smitty Sled was just for ice fishing?  Screwed on a piece of plywood and viola! 

Took my daughter sledding today: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OPkbOvcS4Y (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OPkbOvcS4Y)

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Feb 09, 2014, 07:20 PM
way to go Dad, right into a tree  ;)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 10, 2014, 08:43 AM
I am not responsible.......just saying........I hope she was ok......
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Drillguy33 on Feb 10, 2014, 10:16 PM
Mom: oh turn turn turn
Dad: laughing!

Yep about right!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IceFishingNate on Feb 11, 2014, 10:33 AM
Haha great video!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Sprocket on Feb 12, 2014, 09:16 AM
1st poster here - Thought I'd show my version based on all the snooping I've done here on the topic.  A little background first:
A couple years ago I went out with some buddies for a night of bait drowning and libations - had a blast to say the least.  Last year I got an invite but didn't have gear of my own so I bought some gear from a former scout master relocating to FLA, never got a chance to use it before the season ended (work blahblahblah).

Not too long ago the stars aligned and I got out on the ice with a buddy and we had another blast - then the snow came, and more gear (shelter) and dragging the stuff became a chore.  Kiddie sleds, dragging coolers, multiple trips, etc. broke me - I need a sled to haul properly.  I'm "ice fishing" not "gear dragging" ferfawksake.

So when she offered up her little used skis for a Smitty Sled I knew I made a good choice when I bought that ring...

So a quick sketch of what I need, envision and desire was made.  I thought I'd be slick and use T nuts and eye bolts to hold the deck down - Yeah, that lasted 5 minutes.  Those holes became pegs and the deck became screwed to the cross members.  It had to be modular and fit in the back of my P-U with the tonneau closed.  The cooler and tote are a must with room for the ubiquitous items - a bucket and milk crate.

Details:
The skis are 5.5' long total, the deck is 2'x4' with 1-3/4 x 3/4 trim.  It is fastened by gravity and aligned with pegs to the runners, 2x6 towers notched for the cross members.  The rope is 25' long with a loop on the end so I can pull it as a deer drag-style - I think it needs to be shorter but I haven't loaded it up with a shelter yet, so far it's only been as you see + bait bucket.  It may be worth having the extra rope for a 2 man drag at full load.

I need to add some eyes or cleats for bungee mounts, JIC.  I plan to screw a bucket lid to the deck to permanently reserve space for the bait and help keep it from moving during transport.  The only odd item is the auger and I doubt I'll add anything to rack it on the sled.  I may change up the tote to be closer in height to the cooler which would help with the auger.

A work in progress but here it is:
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimages2.snapfish.com%2F232323232%257Ffp83232%253Euqcshlukaxroqdfv7998%253Dwp%253E2423%253D564%253D49%253A%253DXROQDF%253E2%253B358%253B2583245wp1lsi&hash=589e5c7213a03b80ef8884cf20980e30)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimages2.snapfish.com%2F232323232%257Ffp83232%253Euqcshlukaxroqdfv33%253A8%253Dwp%253E2423%253D564%253D49%253A%253DXROQDF%253E2%253B3588%253B%253B%253A%253A245wp1lsi&hash=5e05c9ce9b4270cc045e725227806a90)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frozengator on Feb 12, 2014, 09:24 AM
WHAT THE HECK?  I read all this waiting to see your picture and then NOTHING???? LOL   Do you have a photobucket account?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Sprocket on Feb 12, 2014, 09:56 AM
Back to our regularly scheduled program already in progress.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Creek Freak on Feb 12, 2014, 09:55 PM
Here is mine homemade sled/shelter:
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi128.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fp170%2Fwilsbr5%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2Ff9e5aff7-fd03-44bf-8cd9-7c1f08efd4ce_zps7294001a.jpg&hash=982edbfc770414d0ef7fa06ad15415df) (http://s128.photobucket.com/user/wilsbr5/media/Mobile%20Uploads/f9e5aff7-fd03-44bf-8cd9-7c1f08efd4ce_zps7294001a.jpg.html)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi128.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fp170%2Fwilsbr5%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2F375164c6-c4cd-4ccf-a251-506e01c0c858_zpse17234ff.jpg&hash=311e1e8eeb4bb0f025bcfd296a01a64c) (http://s128.photobucket.com/user/wilsbr5/media/Mobile%20Uploads/375164c6-c4cd-4ccf-a251-506e01c0c858_zpse17234ff.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Feb 13, 2014, 01:05 AM
Nice!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Feb 13, 2014, 07:29 AM
Here is mine homemade sled/shelter:
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi128.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fp170%2Fwilsbr5%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2Ff9e5aff7-fd03-44bf-8cd9-7c1f08efd4ce_zps7294001a.jpg&hash=982edbfc770414d0ef7fa06ad15415df) (http://s128.photobucket.com/user/wilsbr5/media/Mobile%20Uploads/f9e5aff7-fd03-44bf-8cd9-7c1f08efd4ce_zps7294001a.jpg.html)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi128.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fp170%2Fwilsbr5%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2F375164c6-c4cd-4ccf-a251-506e01c0c858_zpse17234ff.jpg&hash=311e1e8eeb4bb0f025bcfd296a01a64c) (http://s128.photobucket.com/user/wilsbr5/media/Mobile%20Uploads/375164c6-c4cd-4ccf-a251-506e01c0c858_zpse17234ff.jpg.html)
Very nice.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hounds on Feb 13, 2014, 08:48 AM
Lefty how does that pull on the ice, that is just an awesome combo.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Creek Freak on Feb 13, 2014, 09:42 AM
Pulls real easy. orig had leftover pieces of paneling for the skis. They worked but broke quick. Buddy gave me old downhill skis, and they work amazing. I see people struggling with big sleds that a lot of people use. This glides nice and easy the skis are key.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Feb 13, 2014, 11:34 AM
Pulls real easy. orig had leftover pieces of paneling for the skis. They worked but broke quick. Buddy gave me old downhill skis, and they work amazing. I see people struggling with big sleds that a lot of people use. This glides nice and easy the skis are key.
Creek freak.. Sent you a private message(PM)... Awesome shanty/sled
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Feb 13, 2014, 02:46 PM
Lefty how does that pull on the ice, that is just an awesome combo.
Wrong name.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hounds on Feb 13, 2014, 07:02 PM
Sorry Lefty, Thanks Creak freak
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Feb 16, 2014, 11:24 PM
Anyone have an issue with their smitty sled pulling sort of hard after being on the snow for a while? Mine pulled harder today after being on the ice for about 4 hours.  I wonder if I had some ice or snow stuck to the bottom of my skis.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Feb 17, 2014, 07:56 AM
wax the skis
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 17, 2014, 01:11 PM
wax the skis

X2....or Armor All......
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Silverbullet555 on Feb 17, 2014, 04:58 PM
Well, I got my skis. Picked up a pair of Volant metal capped skis. 6' long so a little longer than I wanted, but the price was right and I like the metal cap from a longevity standpoint when drilling through the ski. For $9 if they don't work out I'll try something else.

Now to get the rest of it done.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Uncle Al on Feb 18, 2014, 07:37 AM
Built my smitty sled and used it on the river. what a difference. Only thing wrong was my measurement of the clam flip over I put on it. I measured the top not realizing that the bottom was smaller, now my cross pieces are too far apart and the tub falls down between. I have some 1/4in plywood that I will put on the cross pieces to make the top flat, and ratchet strap everything to that. I like the idea of leaving the flipover on the sled while fishing going to try that next trip. I'm also going to add a crosspiece of plywood to the front of the ski's and put my 10lb propane tank there instead of in the shanty. Thanks everybody for the tips and pics of your builds, and again smitty, I'm buying if you get up to Saginaw Bay in Michigan.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hounds on Feb 18, 2014, 08:40 AM
Id be care full putting too much weight in the front of the skis mine seems to be tougher to pull when I do that.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: JonPerry on Feb 18, 2014, 11:36 AM
silly question, but it just popped in my head... anyone try water skis skinned with uhmw plastic?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kc_ on Feb 18, 2014, 02:01 PM
back in the early 80's I built a sled using water skis. Was not happy with the way it pulled. If anyone would like it I would sell it cheap.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinpo1e1 on Feb 18, 2014, 04:08 PM
silly question, but it just popped in my head... anyone try water skis skinned with uhmw plastic?
I tried it out on cross country ski, Smitty Sled. 3/4" X 3/4" from curve bottom to back of ski, 5' long. Cut an angle in front to ease the entry.
Pulled like I had a semi hooked to me. Wouldn't turn on a dime. Overall a pain especially in slush and snow. Looking at ski bottom I think the plastic could be uhmw.
I removed the cross country skis and the uhmw and added full size snow skis.
Pulls much better. If you get UHMW, go thin and as wide as the ski. My sled is heavy and carries a Shappel two man shed, 4 buckets, flasher, Buddy heater, auger, shovel. Its too heavy. Will spend more time getting ready for next year lightening the load. I think the skis are essential but I will go with aluminum for the frame and as lite as possible. I have pics posted somewhere on this topic of my sled.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: culp on Feb 26, 2014, 05:56 AM
here's our sled...built with nicjohnsrud who posted the mini smitty on the previous page...he did more working, i did more PBRing.

broke down
(http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p487/yesimshaking/DSC_5926-1.jpg)

assembled
(http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p487/yesimshaking/DSC_5939.jpg)

ths skis
(http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p487/yesimshaking/DSC_5937-1.jpg)



SHAKE I have to know where you got the Pabst sticker.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: BIGCREW on Feb 26, 2014, 07:11 AM
They most likely came that way,I worked at a ski resort for 21 years and have seen a lot of them miller,bud,Coors and also crown royal,jagermister,Jim beam,jack they all use them as promos for there products,
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Feb 26, 2014, 11:47 AM
They most likely came that way,I worked at a ski resort for 21 years and have seen a lot of them miller,bud,Coors and also crown royal,jagermister,Jim beam,jack they all use them as promos for there products,

BUT, his bucket is likewise adorned.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: culp on Feb 27, 2014, 05:49 AM
BUT, his bucket is likewise adorned.

Haha thats what I thought, ( i propbably used smaller words though) iv seen the promo skiis but never an old food bucket with the logo all over it 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Sprocket on Feb 28, 2014, 01:22 PM
Update:  Added eye bolts - here it is loaded
I plan to rebuild the risers and cross members before next year, these are getting trashed quickly.  I may use pipe/conduit instead of wooden pegs and I'd like to add something to hold the auger - a gun racks or J hooks...(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimages2.snapfish.com%2F232323232%257Ffp83232%253Euqcshlukaxroqdfv342%253C%253Dot%253E2423%253D564%253D49%253A%253DXROQDF%253E2%253B38%253B76%253C7%253B245ot1lsi&hash=750d41ccc0c7f73c07d4cfda1464f775)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: nessman on Mar 05, 2014, 06:54 PM
My 8-yr old daughter pulling the Smitty Sled® I made last month.  The Otter Wild 2 with gear is around 100 lbs plus the weight of the sled itself.  Goes to show how easy it is to pull gear.

(of course after a few minutes she gave up)

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Uncle Al on Mar 07, 2014, 04:03 PM
Built my smitty sled and used it on the river. what a difference. Only thing wrong was my measurement of the clam flip over I put on it. I measured the top not realizing that the bottom was smaller, now my cross pieces are too far apart and the tub falls down between. I have some 1/4in plywood that I will put on the cross pieces to make the top flat, and ratchet strap everything to that. I like the idea of leaving the flipover on the sled while fishing going to try that next trip. I'm also going to add a crosspiece of plywood to the front of the ski's and put my 10lb propane tank there instead of in the shanty. Thanks everybody for the tips and pics of your builds, and again smitty, I'm buying if you get up to Saginaw Bay in Michigan.
Didn't put the plywood on the sled, instead moved the rear riser 5in towards the front, the clam is still falling in between can't seem to keep it on the cross pieces. Used it yesterday, left the clam on the sled, and from my fat a$$ moving around inside, the clam slid in between the cross pieces with me in it. what a surprise that was. Not going to fish again with the clam on the sled, too much gap under the front letting wind in and freezing the holes and me. I have thoughts of getting some stick on non skid from the rv store that you put on the rv's steps on the cross pieces maybe it will stop the clam from sliding. I do use ratchet straps but it still slides............late r
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: frigidaire on Mar 12, 2014, 11:50 AM
Hi Al.  Sounds like the problem I had with mine.  Check the bottom of your shelter.  If it has molded in runners, and if your cross bars are too far apart, Your only making contact with the impressed runners over a tiny area.  In the case of my flip-over I also had the uprights too far apart.  I narrowed the sled to 27in wide, then added two front to back 3/4" wooden slats spaced to match the inside width of the tunnel created by the molded in runners.  This greatly increased the contact area with the bottom of the tub, and it prevents any side to side motion.  The slats are held in place by 10 penny nails which are used as removable pins through predrilled holes, and are thus easy to remove for transport.  Problem solved; shelter stays put going up, down or flat. :)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: VomWillemstad K-9 on Mar 14, 2014, 10:17 AM

Thanks to Smitty, I can now pull my Nanook with ease... Ice, Snow, Ruts, and Bumps are no problem. I strap my auger on top of the nanook and then the Nanook to the skis and I am good to go.

Adrian


(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1184.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fz325%2FBklynDawg%2FSmitty%2520Sled%2520Nanook%2F1912474_10201582918001832_1166799638_n.jpg&hash=dfd9a350451a752ed4c4411713d1efc6) (http://s1184.photobucket.com/user/BklynDawg/media/Smitty%20Sled%20Nanook/1912474_10201582918001832_1166799638_n.jpg.html)


(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1184.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fz325%2FBklynDawg%2FSmitty%2520Sled%2520Nanook%2F1622194_10201582918201837_72528881_n.jpg&hash=4f2366c6851037a680b12f0b0c366687) (http://s1184.photobucket.com/user/BklynDawg/media/Smitty%20Sled%20Nanook/1622194_10201582918201837_72528881_n.jpg.html)


(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1184.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fz325%2FBklynDawg%2FSmitty%2520Sled%2520Nanook%2F1897770_10201582918961856_1892782169_n.jpg&hash=bd1687bb4d47ac7f300539b76dee346f) (http://s1184.photobucket.com/user/BklynDawg/media/Smitty%20Sled%20Nanook/1897770_10201582918961856_1892782169_n.jpg.html)


(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1184.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fz325%2FBklynDawg%2FSmitty%2520Sled%2520Nanook%2F1098005_10201626307246536_1389748287_n.jpg&hash=7d1eb6d1ce2ce1c69eaa67cf2bd673d6) (http://s1184.photobucket.com/user/BklynDawg/media/Smitty%20Sled%20Nanook/1098005_10201626307246536_1389748287_n.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Mar 16, 2014, 06:49 AM
Looks very good Adrian, hope you have alot of fun times with it. Smitty.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: icehousepsycho on Aug 03, 2014, 03:13 PM
I always pulled mine by hooking up a deer pulling harness to my sled, but after reading this, all 53 pages, I'm going to build that sled. (When you have the flu in summer what else is there to do but think of mods to your ice gear!)  The harness gets extremely tiring on the legs in snow, and we have plenty of that in NE Ohio!  Will post pics when it's finished.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Uncle Al on Aug 15, 2014, 06:47 AM
Hi Al.  Sounds like the problem I had with mine.  Check the bottom of your shelter.  If it has molded in runners, and if your cross bars are too far apart, Your only making contact with the impressed runners over a tiny area.  In the case of my flip-over I also had the uprights too far apart.  I narrowed the sled to 27in wide, then added two front to back 3/4" wooden slats spaced to match the inside width of the tunnel created by the molded in runners.  This greatly increased the contact area with the bottom of the tub, and it prevents any side to side motion.  The slats are held in place by 10 penny nails which are used as removable pins through predrilled holes, and are thus easy to remove for transport.  Problem solved; shelter stays put going up, down or flat. :)
never got back out last winter, but like your idea, I bought another flip over at a rummage sale this summer that's a lot bigger than the clam pro that I'm using now. haven't put it on the smitty yet. Material on new shanty is full of mouse holes and needs a new cover, it's august already, I better get busy. Later
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IceHutt on Sep 16, 2014, 09:19 AM
SMITTY....looks like you have done it again ! :o   Good idea !  Happy trails....and easier trails with Smitty's idea !  :)   Regards, IceHutt
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Oct 01, 2014, 11:16 AM
This is the time of the year to get building your "smitty sled".......let's see em'!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Elrik on Oct 01, 2014, 08:40 PM
I've got my skis from this summers community garage sale. Now i just need to pickup some of the hardware and find the time!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Oct 08, 2014, 03:39 AM
I got a set of kids skis last year and haven't built anything for them yet. I'm thinking of a box for those days when I don't need to haul out the shanty. Would like something with easy access to rods without having to use a rod bag or a case. Then have room for tackle bag,  showdown,  scoop,  bait,  etc. In my mind I'm thinking two side compartments for  4 rods with doors that hinge down and storage space in between. I'm not great at working with wood though. Also a bracket to hold a bucket on the front for carrying all the fish I plan on catching.

This is what I have in mind.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frontiernet.net%2F%7Ejaycub%2FIceBox.jpg&hash=72920bcb4be334aa92e354b859946371)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Oct 11, 2014, 12:43 PM
I got a set of kids skis last year and haven't built anything for them yet. I'm thinking of a box for those days when I don't need to haul out the shanty. Would like something with easy access to rods without having to use a rod bag or a case. Then have room for tackle bag,  showdown,  scoop,  bait,  etc. In my mind I'm thinking two side compartments for  4 rods with doors that hinge down and storage space in between. I'm not great at working with wood though. Also a bracket to hold a bucket on the front for carrying all the fish I plan on catching.

This is what I have in mind.

(http://www.frontiernet.net/~jaycub/IceBox.jpg)
Looks really nice. Something I couldn't build as I am not a carpenter. I can cut risers for my ski's and that is about it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Oct 11, 2014, 01:13 PM
I can't cut a board straight with a circular saw. I know someone who can but he would probably charge me a bunch.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hardwater diehard on Oct 11, 2014, 01:27 PM
I can't cut a board straight with a circular saw. I know someone who can but he would probably charge me a bunch.

If you keep your dimensions/measurements simple/flexible  you can buy pre cut wood at the big box stores ..they will even cut some for you... some even have "scrape" bins  ...good luck
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Oct 11, 2014, 01:57 PM
I designed this using 1/2" plywood. Don't know how heavy it would be. I didn't want to go too thick and wasn't sure if 3/8" would be sufficient.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: OldSailor on Oct 11, 2014, 02:11 PM
3/8" should be more than sufficient! I would think that you could use 1/4" if using good quality plywood, such as luan plywood if you can find it!! It costs a bit more, but is well worth it! And I CAN cut a straight line with a circular saw!!  ;)2
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: SprinterX on Oct 21, 2014, 10:08 PM
I've had enough of reading this thread and being envious of all you Smitty Sled sporting DIYers.
I'm going to build one too.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: jbird68 on Oct 30, 2014, 03:29 PM
Would it be better to make my box out of boards placed side by side  instead of plywood?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: matzilla on Oct 30, 2014, 08:06 PM
I can't cut a board straight with a circular saw. I know someone who can but he would probably charge me a bunch.

Clamp a fence to the board and rip the board...I suck at woodworking as well lol
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: JJBat150 on Oct 30, 2014, 08:15 PM
This is a box that my grandfather build close to 40 years ago.  It's half inch plywood, and has a few dividers on the inside to separate tip ups from bait bucket and other things.

Dusted it off a few years ago when I got back into ice fishing, but finding out it's a bit too small for equipment I'm bringing along, and I have to carry rods and heater in a 5 gallon bucket, as they won't fit inside the box.

Grandpa has it set-up so a 6" spoon auger would fit inside, with part of the handle sticking out the back end... I've improvised by bungee strapping stuff on top. 

Skis are cross country skis bought cheap at a garage sale; had to replace the originals when box was brought out of storage. 

The half inch plywood has held up very well over the years, with little maintenance other then a coat of paint now and then.  (actually just put a new coat on last night)

Because of the space issues, I'm  getting ready to build a new one.

Existing box is 30 inches long, 15 wide and 12 tall. 

New one is going to be 36 long, 20 wide and somewhere from 14-16 tall (want to raise it a bit for better seating).  I like jbird68's idea of a side compartment for rod storage, and will most likely have it built-in to 1 side only.

Existing box has skis attached to  2x4 laid flat, so there's only an inch and a half of clearance; new ones will be 2x4 on edge to get a bit more clearance and help get the extra height I want. 

The shanty strapped on is a Frabill Frontier (5ft X 5ft) and the box fits inside with enough room to move around once set-up to fish.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frontiernet.net%2F%7Ejjbat150%2F20140209_154513.jpg&hash=bc8133eae00e8b7a3aa4f72f9da5e14f)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.frontiernet.net%2F%7Ejjbat150%2F20140215_130930.jpg&hash=7b5159082d7071f8cd5f51aea708d3a1)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Oct 30, 2014, 08:42 PM
This is a box that my grandfather build close to 40 years ago.

Awesome! How do you like the Frabill Frontier?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: JJBat150 on Oct 31, 2014, 11:33 AM
Awesome! How do you like the Frabill Frontier?

It's not insulatated, so pretty lightweight and portable. If there's any wind, definately want to tie it down.

 Advertised as a 2 man shanty, but definately more of a 1 person set-up; expecially with the sled inside.

Found it one sale for $89 at a local sporting goods store last year, so for the price I'm very happy with it.



Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: P Meyette on Oct 31, 2014, 11:39 AM
very nice sled
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Oct 31, 2014, 01:13 PM
Found it one sale for $89 at a local sporting goods store last year, so for the price I'm very happy with it.

Thats a great deal! Im looking for a non insulated lighter 1-2 person. Hoping that there will be deals as Black Friday approaches. Its a toss up between the Eskimo Quickfish and Frabill.
Thanks for the info
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: VTWoodchuck on Nov 05, 2014, 08:45 PM
I'm assembling materials for a "Smitty Sled" and I'm going to our local high schools ski swap soon to get some beater skis to use.  My question is do you guys that have built them like the wider downhill skis or the narrower cross county style better.  I like that the cross country skis don't have sharp metal edges to slice me or my car up but I can see the wide alpine skis floating better?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: BIGCREW on Nov 05, 2014, 08:57 PM
Wider skies are better they help to keep the sled on top of the snow
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: VTWoodchuck on Nov 05, 2014, 09:03 PM
Wider skies are better they help to keep the sled on top of the snow

I thought so.  I can always bevel the edges with a file. Thanks!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Svengalli on Nov 05, 2014, 09:22 PM
I'm assembling materials for a "Smitty Sled" and I'm going to our local high schools ski swap soon to get some beater skis to use.  My question is do you guys that have built them like the wider downhill skis or the narrower cross county style better.  I like that the cross country skis don't have sharp metal edges to slice me or my car up but I can see the wide alpine skis floating better?

Personally I prefer the downhills on my two smitty's.  They do ride a little higher on the snow and I have found them more resilient than Xcountry.  I've never had a problem with the metal edges and I do lay a moving blanket under them in the back of my explorer but that's more to catch the ice and snow and prevent puddles/frozen carpet.

Although less drag is what you're after (by going to a smitty sled in the first place) it's also about having enough surface area to remain on top of the snow (the balance is about diminishing and eventually negative returns).  Xcountry skis will have less surface area but if they sink into the snow and have snow passing over their tips, tops and onto your risers than that drag is actually increasing.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: VTWoodchuck on Nov 05, 2014, 09:30 PM
That's quite a mule train in that picture.  I wish that I could find a really old pair of jumping skis.  Those are about six inches wide although you'd have to cut them down shorter..  They are almost impossible to find nowadays because all the high schools here have eliminated jumping from the ski team events because of insurance costs.  I'll hope to find a nice pair of shortys at the sale   ; - ) 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 06, 2014, 07:28 AM
Downhill skis are better.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Nov 06, 2014, 08:45 AM
I used downhill skis with excellent results. Make sure you post pics VTWoodchuck. Always great to see the results of people's efforts.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: drstizo on Nov 13, 2014, 09:01 AM
just wanted to say thanks for the great idea, finished up my smitty sled this weekend and can't wait to try it out
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: fishinnut on Nov 13, 2014, 12:15 PM
I have an idea to get rid of the drop in bolts that hold the cross pieces to the skis. Make the notches on supports on skis 1 1/2 inch wide instead of the 2 1/2 inch width. Next cut a notch near the end of each cross piece, leaving about 6 inches at each end. Notches in crosspiece should be 1 1/4 deep by 1 1/2 wide. Cross pieces should then friction fit into risers on skis. With some weight on the sled it shouldn't come apart and now when disassembling for storage there are no bolts to lose.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: drstizo on Nov 13, 2014, 01:33 PM
some pics of mine
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Nov 13, 2014, 03:53 PM
some pics of mine

Nice!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Good_Time_Ranger on Nov 14, 2014, 12:45 PM
Can someone give me the measurements of the braces that screw to the skis??  Thanks
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Nov 14, 2014, 12:53 PM
Can someone give me the measurements of the braces that screw to the skis??  Thanks

You can really make them any length, width and height you want. I went with some 2x12's, only because i had it already. I believe I went with 8" lengths. The width is 2" and the height was 12". If you look at some of the earlier posts, they may indicate what they used. I think some may go shorter and smaller due to weight issues.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hardwater diehard on Nov 14, 2014, 12:53 PM
Can someone give me the measurements of the braces that screw to the skis??  Thanks

Used a 2'x6' for the riser the base is 12inchs long with the top being 10 inches long (then just an angle cut between the two)...I used a 2"x3" for the cross braces to cut down on weight some ..instead of a 2x4
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IDbasser on Nov 19, 2014, 07:12 PM
Well I jumped on the bandwagon and build me a smitty sled for flipover.  I put some water seal on the wood and waiting for it to dry.  Hopefully will have enough ice next week. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 20, 2014, 08:06 AM
Come on where is the picture?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IDbasser on Nov 20, 2014, 12:24 PM
was waiting for the water sealant to dry.  I will take pic later and post.  I will have to make another one now.  I ordered a clam kenai from dicks last night, $170 and free shipping.  Needed a one man for one of my kids to use when we all go.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IDbasser on Nov 20, 2014, 03:47 PM
Here is the picture of mine.  Looks like most of the rest.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Nov 20, 2014, 05:45 PM
Here is the picture of mine.  Looks like most of the rest.

Nice job!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 20, 2014, 05:52 PM
Nice. Didn't mean to rush on a picture,was just joking really.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: hardwater diehard on Nov 20, 2014, 06:36 PM
Very nice indeed ..you will love how easy they pull though the snow.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: IDbasser on Nov 20, 2014, 06:49 PM
Nice. Didn't mean to rush on a picture,was just joking really.

When I posted I knew I should have included a picture. ;)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: miked77 on Nov 21, 2014, 08:13 PM
Found myself a nice set of downhill skis during a trip to Goodwill today! Less than 8$ with taxes in!  Gonna be a few weeks, but will be trying my second attempt at a smitty sled.  First attempt didn't go so well but putting more planning into this one.  Have slightly lightened my load since that first one so may help also.  Will post pics when its done!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: gso12 on Nov 24, 2014, 11:44 AM
Built myself one to hold my ever expanding collection of gear. After reading through all 52 pages at least twice. I built mine to put my 949 on the side of the tub now my auger an stuff has plenty of room. Thanx for all the great ideas! (https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1319.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Ft662%2Fgso12%2F1124141007_zps7wazjk5i.jpg&hash=9b3ea468f05d428dc8f834c0fd255002) (http://s1319.photobucket.com/user/gso12/media/1124141007_zps7wazjk5i.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: donnie_o8 on Nov 30, 2014, 06:43 AM
Getting ready to build one of these gems. Got a question? I see a lot of you hanging the bag type shelter on the side of your sled. Doesn't this cause one ski to dig deeper than the other because the weight being directly over that ski? Does it track funny that way? I am thinking of putting my bag across the back sideways on the skis but this could be another problem if entering though a gate or poles near a parking area. Be putting up pics soon as I get started.....Wife sayin sumtin bout Christmas lights :-\. Suppose I better get it done its almost 50 out and we all know "a happy wife is a happy life".. ::) Or I could go get in my tree stand....lol.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 30, 2014, 07:32 AM
I have my Gas auger on one side of my sled and the tent on the other side with the over hang. Not a problem at all.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: donnie_o8 on Nov 30, 2014, 06:05 PM
I don't have a power auger to use as a counter weight on the other side of the sled. I see a few guys built that way but was just not to sure how it would pull with the" hut in a bag " on one side and nothing on the other. still looking into different ways to load stuff so we'll see what happens.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 30, 2014, 06:10 PM
load the shelter in the middle of the sled
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Nov 30, 2014, 06:34 PM
Getting ready to build one of these gems. Got a question? I see a lot of you hanging the bag type shelter on the side of your sled. Doesn't this cause one ski to dig deeper than the other because the weight being directly over that ski? Does it track funny that way? I am thinking of putting my bag across the back sideways on the skis but this could be another problem if entering though a gate or poles near a parking area. Be putting up pics soon as I get started.....Wife sayin sumtin bout Christmas lights :-\. Suppose I better get it done its almost 50 out and we all know "a happy wife is a happy life".. ::) Or I could go get in my tree stand....lol.
As mentioned, just load it on the middle, lengthwise, parallel to the skis. But I'm sure you will have other equipment.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 30, 2014, 06:35 PM
I don't have a power auger to use as a counter weight on the other side of the sled. I see a few guys built that way but was just not to sure how it would pull with the" hut in a bag " on one side and nothing on the other. still looking into different ways to load stuff so we'll see what happens.
Drinks,food tackle on the other side. Those tents are not very heavy. Mine is the Shappell Wide House 6500 28 LBs. The tent stakes go into a setup bag I have.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Nov 30, 2014, 07:56 PM
You can also carry your auger by having long enough crossbars to scoot the tub off to one side and place the auger beside the tub on the ends of the crossbars.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: tomturkey on Dec 01, 2014, 07:19 AM
I do not dismantle my smitty. I screwed a piece of 2 by 4 riser to the end of the cross bars on one side of the sled. I put 3 pair of screw in hooks to the out side. I hang my auger, spud and spreader s to keep my canvas from slapping o in the wind on the hooks.

The sled does have a tendency to tip over if I pull the shanty of the sled first but I take the auger off the top hooks first eliminating that problem with the heave spud on the bottom hooks.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: BrianB on Dec 01, 2014, 12:13 PM
Hello all

New guy here and wanted to share my new Smitty I built this fall.

Not every outing we have snow covered roads when walking to the fishing grounds,so this one had to be for both the ice/snow and bare road.

I had an old Polar express flip that the moles thought they would make holes in. >:(  ( No biggie,as Im a hub guy now ) So I removed the tarp and hardware and started my build.

I,ll let the pics show what I came up with. Dont let the pics fool you.( taken with a cell phone ) The height from skies to the bottom of the sled is 12" and it is 20 inches wide. Wheels can be locked in out of the way,then put into place for road travel. The way I have the tow rope through the skis is an old trick that my pop showed me. It allows for smoother travel on rough snow trails and helps keeping it from tipping over. Shock absorber effect sorta speak.
Slides right in the back of the truck.

Hope you like.


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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 01, 2014, 01:11 PM
Very nice. The wheels can come in handy for sure.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mjmeyer on Dec 03, 2014, 11:28 AM
I have a question on the wheels. I built my Smitty Sled a couple years ago now. Without the thought of adding wheels. It pulls like a dream with a couple hundred pounds. This time of year, with no snow on the ground, wheels would be a benefit. Across parking lots and through the woods. My question is are the wheels ever a disadvantage? On Ice they would pull as easily as dry land and maybe as easy as a sled on ice. On snow, they may plow a little, but would it really be that bad. What I'm really wondering, do they need to be removable? And why aren't we building Smitty Wagons?
Mike
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 03, 2014, 12:28 PM
Beautiful work here guys........I love it when heads come together and share great ideas! Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Dec 04, 2014, 04:16 AM
Hello all
New guy here and wanted to share my new Smitty I built this fall
Hope you like.

You may be a "new guy" on the Ice Shanty, but by the looks of this Smitty, you're an old pro. Fantastic build and pictures. Do you take orders? Lol!
Seriously. great build!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: gadbmw on Dec 04, 2014, 06:39 PM
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My first smitty sled.  I enjoy always thinking of new little things to add to it.  Thanks for all the ideas.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Dec 04, 2014, 08:27 PM
got enuf stuffed in that box? good thing for you that it wasn't bigger!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 04, 2014, 10:17 PM
Again looks great.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Idahogator on Dec 04, 2014, 10:24 PM
Hey, Gadbmw, is there a way to weigh your outfit ? 

Looks well done.     :thumbsup:

Do you have a hub shelter going on it ?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: gadbmw on Dec 04, 2014, 10:42 PM
It looks way more than filled than what it is.  the right side is a tray about 4 inches deep for lure boxes, line etc,  the left side has a mat, rope and a couple of pop ups. I usually tie by rods in their bag on top, kids broke a couple when I tried to store them in the box so now I keep them where I can see them.   I wanted to use downhill skis but had these just standing in a corner so free won. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Coss13 on Dec 05, 2014, 06:53 AM
I was making a smitty sled and was wondering what everyone used to cut out the piece  of would in the top of the 2x8 for the 2x4? Thanks for any help.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: lefty2053 on Dec 05, 2014, 07:23 AM
I cut down on each side with my Circular saw and a little ways down the cross piece and then took a chisel and chipped it out.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Dec 05, 2014, 07:26 AM
run several cuts 1/4" all the same depth, then knock them out with a hammer or screwdriver
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Coss13 on Dec 05, 2014, 07:37 AM
great thanks
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 07, 2014, 05:57 PM
I was making a smitty sled and was wondering what everyone used to cut out the piece  of would in the top of the 2x8 for the 2x4? Thanks for any help.

I used a jig saw.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: donnie_o8 on Dec 07, 2014, 06:29 PM
I started to put my "Smitty sled" together today and seen right away a few changes I want to make so the first plan was washed....Should be back at it after work tomorrow and get pics up. Its real easy to over think this thing....and get out of line with adding weight. But reading a lot of your post its said they pull about 75% easier than the sled alone so I'm thinking the weight gain will be worth being organized Instead of being like a Chinese junk going out across there with things falling of on the way. I am also trying to make it more versatile.... If I'm walking or using the atv or if I'm alone or with someone else who has gear to tote. Anyhow....Its sure gonna be nice when everything has a place and is secured for the haul.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: mud_n_fun on Dec 07, 2014, 07:06 PM
i have the shappell 4000 and it has the ski's on it but when you pull it with a machine the skis get mangled. I am looking to build something to put it on to tow it with a machine.

Made this back when I had a Shappel. Conduit fit n the ribs.

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Kid loved drag it around empty.
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: nocod on Dec 08, 2014, 02:28 PM
just got my skis,5 bucks from the goodwill,no hurry to start too warm  >:(
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 16, 2014, 09:26 AM
just got my skis,5 bucks from the goodwill,no hurry to start too warm  >:(
I am looking forward to the pics when you get her built..........Smitty.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: d4ng3r3ux on Dec 19, 2014, 07:55 AM
well here is my new sled. all materials I found lying around my Junk pile

my work bench... no garage so I must work outside
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materials : old bedframes, downhill ski, roof top carrier
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: rdhammah on Dec 19, 2014, 08:04 AM
one of the other nice things about the Smitty Sled is that we're RECYCLING!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: DLB on Dec 19, 2014, 01:06 PM
Outstanding d4ng3r3ux.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Cotacatchers on Dec 19, 2014, 04:14 PM
Sweet.   Nice work
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 19, 2014, 07:45 PM
Very very nice........I like that alot! Thanks for showing it to us.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: dwhitlock on Dec 21, 2014, 02:53 PM
Well after dragging my 5600 clam and gear across the lake without a sled I found that I'm to fat and out of shape to do this again. So out Christmas shopping I stop at the goodwill and found some skis for $9.99. now its time to start the build. I've read all 57 pages to get some good ideas hope I can come up with some thing that works for me and my 5600 clam. I will post pics when I'm done :icefish:
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: kyle1982 on Dec 21, 2014, 03:05 PM
Very nice good idea
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 22, 2014, 09:38 AM
Well after dragging my 5600 clam and gear across the lake without a sled I found that I'm to fat and out of shape to do this again. So out Christmas shopping I stop at the goodwill and found some skis for $9.99. now its time to start the build. I've read all 57 pages to get some good ideas hope I can come up with some thing that works for me and my 5600 clam. I will post pics when I'm done :icefish:

I look forward to seeing the final product.  :)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Sidepork on Dec 23, 2014, 12:43 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi61.tinypic.com%2F2ebwxo7.jpg&hash=3a8aaa2cfb9771457bdf5c9ca87ea27b)

Might have some more pics laying around of the rest of it if anyone is interested.  This one was my favorite though
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: muskrat bay on Dec 25, 2014, 07:32 PM
Here's my smitty I built this year. All tig welded aluminum. (https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1206.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fbb447%2Fmuskratbay1%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2F2014-11%2F4837061E-9515-4594-9FF4-15996B8989BD.jpg&hash=d643f2781eb6e7c3f270592ad4953312) (http://s1206.photobucket.com/user/muskratbay1/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-11/4837061E-9515-4594-9FF4-15996B8989BD.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: Corndog on Dec 26, 2014, 05:27 AM
Here's my smitty I built this year.

I like the auger holder. Way to think outside the box!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 26, 2014, 10:14 AM
Here's my smitty I built this year. All tig welded aluminum. (https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1206.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fbb447%2Fmuskratbay1%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2F2014-11%2F4837061E-9515-4594-9FF4-15996B8989BD.jpg&hash=d643f2781eb6e7c3f270592ad4953312) (http://s1206.photobucket.com/user/muskratbay1/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-11/4837061E-9515-4594-9FF4-15996B8989BD.jpg.html)

I really like that alot! Should make your life a little easier. Thanks for showing it to us.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: nicjohnsrud on Dec 27, 2014, 07:08 PM
Couple shots of two of ours.
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimageshack.com%2Fa%2Fimg537%2F6592%2FLrk8MC.jpg&hash=c5c5dbf2b9b2cea03b586607f2b34fd9)
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 28, 2014, 07:29 AM
Couple shots of two of ours.
(http://imageshack.com/a/img537/6592/Lrk8MC.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img540/202/FJc80J.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img661/5141/1BMGlM.jpg)

Pretty cool "smitty" there......I like the PBR theme.....nice!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: johnny-walleye on Dec 31, 2014, 07:10 PM
my 3rd sled but my 1st Smitty!  The others were basically coffins (box on skis and felt all the weight)  This one pulls like a dream, Thx Smitty!!
(the sled is a little far back on the mounts, didn't notice at the time, didn't move at all, might have been because of the grip tape on the cross members.)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi40.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fe244%2Fjohnnyohmy%2FIMG_4864_zps1a2a50ba.jpg&hash=65fc49cdac8babe73218e467fe76ed3f) (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/johnnyohmy/media/IMG_4864_zps1a2a50ba.jpg.html)
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 01, 2015, 02:47 PM
my 3rd sled but my 1st Smitty!  The others were basically coffins (box on skis and felt all the weight)  This one pulls like a dream, Thx Smitty!!
(the sled is a little far back on the mounts, didn't notice at the time, didn't move at all, might have been because of the grip tape on the cross members.)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi40.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fe244%2Fjohnnyohmy%2FIMG_4864_zps1a2a50ba.jpg&hash=65fc49cdac8babe73218e467fe76ed3f) (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/johnnyohmy/media/IMG_4864_zps1a2a50ba.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi40.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fe244%2Fjohnnyohmy%2FIMG_4865_zps768c57fe.jpg&hash=38c4ebbbc15c8ad22d4cdae1d668e7ca) (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/johnnyohmy/media/IMG_4865_zps768c57fe.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi40.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fe244%2Fjohnnyohmy%2FIMG_4866_zps92c4300e.jpg&hash=9d4078b70c51598b81eeea128ea077d1) (http://s40.photobucket.com/user/johnnyohmy/media/IMG_4866_zps92c4300e.jpg.html)

Great looking sled there......top knotch.....great execution.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: fishallday15 on Jan 10, 2015, 12:53 PM
That's pretty cool. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: sureman666 on Jan 13, 2015, 07:30 AM
my first attempt at a smitty sled..its 2x2x1/4 aluminum tubing..bolt plates were 6x2x1/4 plate..drilled holes on each side of tubing and put eyebolts in..and 2 eyebolts on each end of the shanty sled..just using a ratchet strap to attach to the skis..had it out once in the snow and what a difference it made..
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1024.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy301%2Fdfoster642%2F760E4C15-DD02-488B-B00F-0A6651422A50_zpsq2i6qcne.jpg&hash=e8f001d77616e025d9d0b039ebe3f9e9) (http://s1024.photobucket.com/user/dfoster642/media/760E4C15-DD02-488B-B00F-0A6651422A50_zpsq2i6qcne.jpg.html)
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Jan 13, 2015, 07:59 AM
Very nice. Light weight too.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: wittyman on Jan 13, 2015, 08:11 AM
I'm going to attempt building my smitty today.  I think im going to use one of those deer drag harnesses as my pull rope.  My question is, where do I put my Jiffy?  I have a couple hooks that I would like to put onto the sled, but i dont want to make it unbalanced.  I didnt see many mounts, just wondering if you guys just put it in/on the sled?  I was thinking about making a mount on the back where it would lay perpendicular to the skis...anyone see any cons to this?  Thanks!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: rdhammah on Jan 13, 2015, 08:21 AM
perpendicular to the skis? that would mean that the auger would stick out the side. if you go through a trail with brush. the auger my catch the brush. also, if going over any deep snow it will drag the snow. I think you would be better served laying it parallel to the skis. 8 foot lead will be better than a short lead for hauling.

These aluminum framed smitty's are awesome. wish I knew of somewhere that I could get some on the cheap.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Otto on Jan 13, 2015, 08:59 AM
I'm going to attempt building my smitty today.  I think im going to use one of those deer drag harnesses as my pull rope.  My question is, where do I put my Jiffy?  I have a couple hooks that I would like to put onto the sled, but i dont want to make it unbalanced.  I didnt see many mounts, just wondering if you guys just put it in/on the sled?  I was thinking about making a mount on the back where it would lay perpendicular to the skis...anyone see any cons to this?  Thanks!!

I just lay my auger on top of the shanty and secure with a bungee cord.  It's not like you are going to walk too fast to make it fall off, even on a bumpy trail or from the parking lot to the ice, and once you get onto the ice, it's pretty much smooth sailing.  Plus, my auger is the first thing I'll need when I get to my fishing spot.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: johnny-walleye on Jan 14, 2015, 12:50 PM
I'm going to attempt building my smitty today.  I think im going to use one of those deer drag harnesses as my pull rope.  My question is, where do I put my Jiffy?  I have a couple hooks that I would like to put onto the sled, but i dont want to make it unbalanced.  I didnt see many mounts, just wondering if you guys just put it in/on the sled?  I was thinking about making a mount on the back where it would lay perpendicular to the skis...anyone see any cons to this?  Thanks!!

I made the cross beams wider than the sled so that my auger could go next to it.  Used a piece of wood on one cross member (to keep the auger somewhat level and out of the snow) and then used 2 hooks covered in rubber that u can get at HD for hanging shovels that screw in to the wood.  Ratchet strap everything down and nothing moves.  The piece of wood making the auger level may in time give way but for right now it works.  May try bracing it better next year.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: NYSporty on Jan 14, 2015, 01:40 PM
You guys see this yet!

http://smittysledpro1-2.kickoffpages.com/?kid=55C0J
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: adkRoy on Jan 14, 2015, 01:41 PM
You guys see this yet!

http://smittysledpro1-2.kickoffpages.com/?kid=55C0J

I wonder who's trying to get rich off of smitty's idea? Not cool.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: NYSporty on Jan 14, 2015, 01:47 PM
I wonder who's trying to get rich off of smitty's idea? Not cool.

Thats kind of what I was thinking >:(
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: rdhammah on Jan 14, 2015, 01:52 PM
every feature was posted here over the past 6 years
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: FISHFORPIKE on Jan 14, 2015, 01:54 PM
It will be expensive enough that folks will continue to build their own.  Eskimo has one available for purchase.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: rdhammah on Jan 14, 2015, 01:54 PM
wonder if the original posters with these ideas can make a claim against this guy.Smitty would have the biggest stake since this guy is using his name
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Rugburn on Jan 14, 2015, 03:11 PM
  Somewhere on this site I heard Smitty saying he had an announcement coming up. The cat might be outa the bag!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: rdhammah on Jan 14, 2015, 03:40 PM
MMMMMMM.......you may be right.
Smitty?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: NYSporty on Jan 14, 2015, 04:18 PM
MMMMMMM.......you may be right.
Smitty?

 :o
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: wetline005 on Jan 14, 2015, 05:55 PM
Finally made one. Very simple and easy to pull. My German Shepard also pulls this with no problems. Made attach the shanty to the skis a bit more simple, since I hate ratchet straps in the winter.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi258.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fhh251%2Fwetline0005%2F1982EBD8-BEAD-42C8-B15B-0EAB6614EAA7.jpg&hash=fcefebec47d7fe9fdcdb2c108e3d6297) (http://s258.photobucket.com/user/wetline0005/media/1982EBD8-BEAD-42C8-B15B-0EAB6614EAA7.jpg.html)
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Rugburn on Jan 14, 2015, 06:29 PM
You guys see this yet!

http://smittysledpro1-2.kickoffpages.com/?kid=55C0J

   They look like prototypes. Need some anodizing and fine tuning. Boy they sure did employ ljc2tall 's nifty fold down idea. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Jan 14, 2015, 09:30 PM
You guys see this yet!

http://smittysledpro1-2.kickoffpages.com/?kid=55C0J
SmittySled pro guy is from Canada and Smitty0312 is from Fulton,IL
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Jan 14, 2015, 09:36 PM
Went to the web site and none of the links work. Contact,Shop,About,Gallery and Press.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Elrik on Jan 15, 2015, 07:47 AM
Went to the web site and none of the links work. Contact,Shop,About,Gallery and Press.

yeah standard practice when the website is made but not all the content is ready, they just redirect all the links to the main page until the content for the other ones are ready. Best is when a business website is still like that 3-4 years after they have started. Really inspires confidence ya know? :P
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 15, 2015, 01:48 PM
Well.......somebody using my name to make $.........doesn't impress me...... this thread is for somebody on a budget and who has a car to get their gear into, go to page 1 and see........let's stay on track boys......Thanks Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: kc_ on Jan 15, 2015, 02:10 PM
I just sent the guy an email. I told him that Smitty and myself were not happy with him taking our ideas for profit.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hardwater diehard on Jan 15, 2015, 02:19 PM
more similarities



2:37 into video
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: DLB on Jan 15, 2015, 02:35 PM
I just sent the guy an email. I told him that Smitty and myself were not happy with him taking our ideas for profit.

The least he could have done was contact you two before hand.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: kc_ on Jan 15, 2015, 08:42 PM
here is the reply I got from Vinh Nguyen of the new smitty design.

Hi Mr. Ken Clark,
I am very surprise about your email because this design I asked my lawyer did patent search and filed a provision patent application for me . Everything was fine but now you start to complain . I will talk with the lawyer about this problem . In the mean time I will be very appreciated if you can send me a proof about the document you claimed . About the drop down & wheel design you complained , after some tests from real environment we realized some problems need to be fixed completely before the product can bring out to market. So we decided to change everything & will release the completely new and better design next week after finishing  PPA.

Thank you for your mention & let us know if you have any problem.




Vinh Nguyen.

At least got his attention.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Otto on Jan 15, 2015, 09:21 PM
I wonder if the design, as simple as it is, has been patented?  If not, I don't think there is anything you can do about the design, but you might have a case against the name.  Plus, this guy is in Canada.  Whole different set of laws there that mIght not apply to a US design.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: dsp2 on Jan 16, 2015, 05:20 AM
Well.......somebody using my name to make $.........doesn't impress me...... this thread is for somebody on a budget and who has a car to get their gear into, go to page 1 and see........let's stay on track boys......Thanks Smitty

You got that right! My sled is still going strong, (pics somewhere back in the beginning of thread) This guy trying to sell the design, fails to see the point. This is for guy's that like to do things for themselves and share ideas. Good luck to him with the stolen name, I know it will be a red flag for anyone who reads this forum!!

Smitty Sled Strong!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: FISHFORPIKE on Jan 16, 2015, 06:08 AM
Well.......somebody using my name to make $.........doesn't impress me...... this thread is for somebody on a budget and who has a car to get their gear into, go to page 1 and see........let's stay on track boys......Thanks Smitty
Yep - using the name is not so great.  The guy/company is taking advantage of the name (as it was popularized, here on IS, and other fishing forums.  The design, I'd say is available as far as patents go.  The idea will never die - it will always be available to individuals that want to build a "Smitty Sled".  i'd go after this dude for using the name.
Eskimo already has a sled similar to this guy's - I wonder if they have a patent on there's?
BTW, I built two of the Smittys for myself last year.  No use this year - we went from first ice to driving wheelers on inside of two weeks and the ice was bare for that two weeks.  ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Jan 16, 2015, 09:18 AM
Even if he sells some it most likely will have cost him more to get them made,a web site,marketing and pay a lawyer for a patent then it is worth.
Just a reminder here,not siding with anyone on this. A lot of people on here have made their own version of the Jaw Jacker, which they paid good money to develop and market. Just saying if he makes money on this I would be surprised.
Stealing the name is a different mater.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: johnny-walleye on Jan 16, 2015, 11:17 AM
The SmittyPro will be too expensive and will be too heavy.  He will fail.  Cannot patent a sled, you can only patent certain design features (possibly) and Eskimo may have a patent on their Lake Runner but only for the part that converts down to meet the ice.  Even that I'm not sure is a patentable idea.  If Eskimo's sled sells well enough then other companies with come out with their own versions.  The Lake Runner is expensive and for sleds,also if a guy puts his auger in the sled, as they suggest, then all his gear is gonna get ripped up.  Need to travel with your auger on the sled.

Let these guys sell their products, it doesn't matter (except for the name!!!)  Just read the topic of this post "my homemade $15 sled" and not "my storebought $115 sled"!

Smitty you have created something that a lot of guys and gals and their backs thank you for, you didn't do it for profit and shared it out of kindness and let me speak for all of us who have made one of your fantastic sleds, "Thank you for your free design and much respect to you!"  Hope the fish gods smile on you!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 16, 2015, 11:27 AM
Thank you Johnny.......still torks me off a little to put Smitty on it.......will see how this works out.......like you said......it's over $100 bucks.......build one for $15-$20.......keep building em boys and keep posting your pics....thanks Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: shake on Jan 16, 2015, 11:30 AM
Smitty you have created something that a lot of guys and gals and their backs thank you for, you didn't do it for profit and shared it out of kindness and let me speak for all of us who have made one of your fantastic sleds, "Thank you for your free design and much respect to you!"  Hope the fish gods smile on you!

X2 - Thanks Smitty!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hardwater diehard on Jan 16, 2015, 11:38 AM
I think when anyone plugs  in "Smitty Sled" into their search engine ..."My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled" will be one of the first choices ...it will live on ...maybe even more so..no such thing as bad publicity .
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: adkRoy on Jan 16, 2015, 11:40 AM
When Ben Franklin invented the wood stove, he did not patent it because he wanted all of mankind to benefit from his invention. Smitty is our Ben Franklin of icefishing.
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: rdhammah on Jan 16, 2015, 11:43 AM
I checked this guy's site out and did not see a price. you think the price w/b about $100?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hardwater diehard on Jan 16, 2015, 11:47 AM
Don't forget its less than 10 days away from the Smitty Sled birthday ....Jan 25, 2009, 01:09 PM ...(first post) so lets parade them sleds for all to see and be encouraged ....Serving Ice Anglers since 2009

                                                                                                                       Thanx Smitty 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: adkRoy on Jan 16, 2015, 11:50 AM
Just for Ha ha's, I typed Smitty sled into a search engine and found it to be on 9 different icefishing forums( probably more but I was too lazy to look) and on youtube.  Smitty is very famous.  ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: bcons on Jan 16, 2015, 11:59 AM
I checked this guy's site out and did not see a price. you think the price w/b about $100?

If aluminum it costs him more than that.
That will be the problem with him selling it.  It will have to be $300-$500 to make money, plus large item is expensive to ship.  Idea is going nowhere
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: NYSporty on Jan 16, 2015, 12:33 PM
If aluminum it costs him more than that.
That will be the problem with him selling it.  It will have to be $300-$500 to make money, plus large item is expensive to ship.  Idea is going nowhere

2X Not to mention it takes skilled laborers to weld aluminum.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 16, 2015, 12:44 PM
Don't forget its less than 10 days away from the Smitty Sled birthday ....Jan 25, 2009, 01:09 PM ...(first post) so lets parade them sleds for all to see and be encouraged ....Serving Ice Anglers since 2009

                                                                                                                       Thanx Smitty
I like the idea!! Let's start posting pics at 1:09pm on the 25th......Who's with me? I'm going to take a new pic of the original "Smitty" when I'm out this weekend.........LETS DO THIS!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: adkRoy on Jan 16, 2015, 12:56 PM
I like the idea!! Let's start posting pics at 1:09pm on the 25th......Who's with me? I'm going to take a new pic of the original "Smitty" when I'm out this weekend.........LETS DO THIS!!
Put it on the Main board and I'll pin it to the top.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Jan 16, 2015, 01:35 PM
When Ben Franklin invented the wood stove, he did not patent it because he wanted all of mankind to benefit from his invention. Smitty is our Ben Franklin of icefishing.
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Right on.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Otto on Jan 16, 2015, 03:50 PM
I'll post...I made on a couple of years ago and didn't post a pic.  Coming soon!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Dug1898 on Jan 16, 2015, 05:57 PM
I don't think he can use your name either Smitty. You might try looking for him on the Kickstarter website. Even though you don't sell them, I would think the name would be off limits. Any officials at kickstarter would agree and his project wouldn't qualify. Just guessing; but its worth looking into to put a stop to it. Good luck Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Rugburn on Jan 19, 2015, 10:45 AM
  He'll definitely have to charge more than $200, most guys won't bite. Besides it's overbuilt for the walker, the original purpose. And lastly most of us walkers have already built ours. Guess I'll have to break down and do this photo pail business and post a pic of my lightweight aluminum collapsible Smitty. Took it out for the first time on Saturday, wow what a difference! Thanks Smitty!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: nocod on Jan 20, 2015, 10:07 PM
we all know that isnt a smitty sled,does it break down for travel in a car?,the people who buy these are office workers who cant make a true smitty sled,I just sold one for cost to a fellow from one of the fishing forums,didnt make any money but did a good deed.good luck to the guy he will need it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: miked77 on Jan 21, 2015, 05:37 PM
Finally got my smitty built! First real test comes tomorrow. She pulls easy with about 90 pounds on her in the driveway.  So far have just used the Clam sled pulling harness to pull and worked well, may still add a little rope to the tips of the skis. The harness pull straps are about 6-7' long.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Corndog on Jan 21, 2015, 05:51 PM
Nice Smitty Miked!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: 4chevys on Jan 23, 2015, 07:05 PM
I found this in the woods when I was cleaning up around my Grandma's house when she was moving.  I was scrapping all the metal around the place but for some reason saved this.  I talked to my Dad and he said my Great Uncle built it to tow behind a snowmobile way back in the 60's.  I want to resurrect it because of the back story.  It is built like a brick crap house.  It is made of galvanized water pipe.  The attaching hardware is made of stainless so restoration will be easy.    I have some old water skis to replace the skis and another pair to make a traditional Smitty sled.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Jan 23, 2015, 08:28 PM
I thought I would add mine here as well...

I had everything except the stainless bolt, nut, and wing nut (X4) that are used to attach the cross boards to the uprights..

1/2" Birch ply for the uprights, 1x6" for the cross boards, and 3/4" angle iron (sourced from bed frame rails)....

I have been building and using sleds with down hill skis for 25 years now and prefer using only one mount in the ski's binding area.. The ski can flex and work like a suspension system for a very smooth quiet ride..

This is my first break down style sled though, thanks for the idea Smitty!!

Walked it out 1 mile on Erie tonight and it pulls like a dream!

Pictures....

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: kc_ on Jan 24, 2015, 09:04 PM
nice job on the smitty
I like the old smitty also.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 25, 2015, 06:35 AM
Nice job scratcher......I really like that alot.......Thanks for sharing it with us. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: beeverfishing on Jan 25, 2015, 09:01 AM
Here are a cpl I recently threw together.. 

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Jan 25, 2015, 10:11 AM
Nice job scratcher......I really like that alot.......Thanks for sharing it with us. Smitty

Thanks Smitty!

Happy anniversary man! 60 pages, six years, maybe on the 10th it'll be 100 pages?

Just think of the combined joules of force saved these 60 pages would add up to!

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hardwater diehard on Jan 26, 2015, 06:41 AM
My Smitty

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: meat sticks on Jan 29, 2015, 07:57 PM
Thank you Johnny.......still torks me off a little to put Smitty on it.......will see how this works out.......like you said......it's over $100 bucks.......build one for $15-$20.......keep building em boys and keep posting your pics....thanks Smitty

Don't let this pretender get you down.  You've done something very few people can claim, you've become a bit of an icon in the ice fishing world, and people will be building "smitty sleds" for the next 50 years!  Good for you.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!  This guys expensive idea is going nowhere when guys can make their own for $15!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Illinoizboy on Feb 02, 2015, 01:27 AM
Hi all. Getdanet1 here. I haven't been active on this board in a long time. I have been thinking of making a sled to make things easier for the old fella to tug along on the ice. I've been reading over the pages and finding some very interesting ideas. Hope to have something put together soon to get my insulated Clam Scout up and not plowing snow. I recognized Smitty's name and Husker and Jay Bird. Sorry JBird I don't remember your real name. Hope to get by here more often and get a shot up of whatever I put together for a sled. I'll see you ICE HOLES later. GDN1
 ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 02, 2015, 07:16 AM
Hi all. Getdanet1 here. I haven't been active on this board in a long time. I have been thinking of making a sled to make things easier for the old fella to tug along on the ice. I've been reading over the pages and finding some very interesting ideas. Hope to have something put together soon to get my insulated Clam Scout up and not plowing snow. I recognized Smitty's name and Husker and Jay Bird. Sorry JBird I don't remember your real name. Hope to get by here more often and get a shot up of whatever I put together for a sled. I'll see you ICE HOLES later. GDN1
 ;D

Sounds great........can't wait to see what you come up with. Thanks Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: want fish on Feb 02, 2015, 02:38 PM
Thank u very much for the info and pics
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: chopstyx on Feb 02, 2015, 02:55 PM
 GetDaNet1 , I also hop on here to check on some designs they got going on.
 Got a couple extra skis 4 ya, fig out something and i'll get together for you.
  And Smitty  , Thanks a whole hella of a lot. It's going too help with pulling some of this load!!!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Illinoizboy on Feb 02, 2015, 10:14 PM
Hey Chop, I got it together today. got some skis from my bud Angelo. I gave birth to this master piece today. It's still naked but I have a few more days if I need it for W.O.W.  I made the spanner pieces so that I can run the skis at 40 inches or 32 inches.  Well, I've  had the sled together for two days and already making changes. After ready a few posts I have decided to go with the two pins in the spanner boards for more of a snug fit.  I have cut a few small pieces of left over tie down strap and used my staple gun to tack them down over the pins in the spanner boards. Hopefully that will keep them from dropping out and getting lost.  After reading a note about higher risers having the chance to tip over, I am going to add some braces to my 2 X 8 risers.  I'm sure that I will be adding a few more notes here and hopefully a pic or two before she hits the ice. I am signed up for the local Cancer foundation tourney ( Walk On Water  or W.O.W. as the locals call it ) this Saturday. I'm thinking it will be the shake down cruise. Lots of people to help out if there is trouble with my build. I don't expect any. Today. Tues 2-3-15 I added a few more things to the SS. I picked up a few items from Menards today. Some rubber backed rug ends that I reversed and attached to the spanner boards to help keep slippage to a minimum. I also found a nice box of tie downs straps in Camo and some quick attach adapters for the ski tips. This way I can just use the rope from my Scout on the SS. I also added an L bracket to each riser to sure them up.  Last pic.   We ready ta go Down Town  !! Thanks to Smitty for the inspiration.
 
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: chopstyx on Feb 03, 2015, 01:35 PM
 Right on John, So I have a extra pair of skis? What to do with them?
 Any of yous guys have any plans for hauling you manually powered auger on your sled , i'd like some ideas.
 Thanks AGAIN   The man SMITTY!!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 05, 2015, 10:43 AM
Thanks for the great comments guys.......the sleds are awesome.....hope you enjoy them. Smitty
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: sjord89 on Feb 05, 2015, 05:01 PM
how are you guys attaching the base to the skis? are you screwing in from underneath the skis?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Sprocket on Feb 05, 2015, 05:21 PM
Generally yes - pre-drill & counter sink the holes.  Last year I had one screw that was not flush, sled tracked sideways...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: sjord89 on Feb 05, 2015, 05:31 PM
cool thanks
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: jbird68 on Feb 07, 2015, 03:07 PM
Hi all. Getdanet1 here. I haven't been active on this board in a long time. I have been thinking of making a sled to make things easier for the old fella to tug along on the ice. I've been reading over the pages and finding some very interesting ideas. Hope to have something put together soon to get my insulated Clam Scout up and not plowing snow. I recognized Smitty's name and Husker and Jay Bird. Sorry JBird I don't remember your real name. Hope to get by here more often and get a shot up of whatever I put together for a sled. I'll see you ICE HOLES later. GDN1
 ;D

Hey GDN1,
Glad to see you are back. I've only been on the ice twice this year. Not much luck catching anything. I built my smitty sled a couple years ago. I had one of my riser boards break at the top right behind the cross beam. I think I twisted it a little bit and the back of the notch broke off. I ended up screwing a "L" bracket to replace the missing chunk of wood. It works ok.   
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Illinoizboy on Feb 07, 2015, 11:07 PM
Hey Bird, I've been out 4-5 times. Only one frying pan filler Day. did get out last week for a Veterans fund raiser. I was going to fish WOW today and show off my new sled but a back spasm last night took me out of it. As far as the sled goes, I'll need to use it before  I can break it and fix it. ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: knezzer on Feb 08, 2015, 07:53 PM
Hey everybody, I love this thread.  People using their minds and tools to make something practical and useful. I've made a few sleds over the years, each one nicer than the last.  I'd like to share some pics.  My early sleds were just a pair of skis screwed to a tote and a rope to pull it along.  Then I needed more sled because I have more gear. So I ended up with a more "traditional" Smitty sled design.  Last year a neighbor gave me an old "Coquette" style hut but it was mostly rotten.  It gave me an idea to make a sled that my pop up tent could rest on and all my gear to fit inside.  Using nothing but scraps I put one together.(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs1242.photobucket.com%2Fuser%2Fknezzer76%2Fmedia%2Fbettyandsled.jpg.html%3Ffilters%5Buser%5D%3D127598334%26amp%3Bfilters%5Brecent%5D%3D1%26amp%3Bsort%3D1%26amp%3Bo%3D0&hash=05e4b6ba943a4fe88ae4f9856876a438)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs1242.photobucket.com%2Fuser%2Fknezzer76%2Fmedia%2Fsmittysled.jpg.html%3Ffilters%5Buser%5D%3D127598334%26amp%3Bfilters%5Brecent%5D%3D1%26amp%3Bsort%3D1%26amp%3Bo%3D1&hash=d3d42ebf6018a9df925d0b8774ae2a36)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs1242.photobucket.com%2Fuser%2Fknezzer76%2Fmedia%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2F20150208_154144.jpg.html%3Ffilters%5Buser%5D%3D127598334%26amp%3Bfilters%5Brecent%5D%3D1%26amp%3Bsort%3D1%26amp%3Bo%3D10&hash=4436122d6027f8ee799c2697d5fddca5)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs1242.photobucket.com%2Fuser%2Fknezzer76%2Fmedia%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2F20150208_154206.jpg.html%3Ffilters%5Buser%5D%3D127598334%26amp%3Bfilters%5Brecent%5D%3D1%26amp%3Bsort%3D1%26amp%3Bo%3D11&hash=ac1eab7f770de4e4b281fd71440751c5)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs1242.photobucket.com%2Fuser%2Fknezzer76%2Fmedia%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2F20150208_154743.jpg.html%3Ffilters%5Buser%5D%3D127598334%26amp%3Bfilters%5Brecent%5D%3D1%26amp%3Bsort%3D1%26amp%3Bo%3D14&hash=88e6684af8015fe45615fe6bfa02f1c7)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs1242.photobucket.com%2Fuser%2Fknezzer76%2Fmedia%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2F20150208_154835.jpg.html%3Ffilters%5Buser%5D%3D127598334%26amp%3Bfilters%5Brecent%5D%3D1%26amp%3Bsort%3D1%26amp%3Bo%3D18&hash=fffd494a2412a1aed8b3436830639a3e)(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs1242.photobucket.com%2Fuser%2Fknezzer76%2Fmedia%2FMobile%2520Uploads%2FIMG_7271.jpg.html%3Ffilters%5Buser%5D%3D127598334%26amp%3Bfilters%5Brecent%5D%3D1%26amp%3Bsort%3D1%26amp%3Bo%3D22&hash=3d476a935aaf12dbd61c9762aa9fc5cb)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: knezzer on Feb 08, 2015, 08:09 PM
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: knezzer on Feb 08, 2015, 08:41 PM
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: knezzer on Feb 08, 2015, 08:44 PM
It's a work in progress. Also I am not a carpenter nor do I have any woodworking skills... but this is kind of a prototype anyway. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Corndog on Feb 09, 2015, 03:40 PM
It's a work in progress. Also I am not a carpenter nor do I have any woodworking skills... but this is kind of a prototype anyway.

Pretty cool!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: conservationist on Feb 09, 2015, 08:46 PM
FYI:
A good place to acquire skis is your local ski shop. I was advised to check with the local ski shop, and their response was that they were "...MORE than happy to give some skis...
I'm picking up two sets tomorrow (free).
Happy Sled-building!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hardwater diehard on Feb 11, 2015, 12:53 PM
Last year build

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This years build

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That's three builds for me so far ...kind of addicting ...have two more pairs of skis still
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Corndog on Feb 11, 2015, 02:01 PM
NICE! ^^^^
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Lavman on Feb 12, 2015, 01:38 PM
Here is my first stab at a Smitty

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 14, 2015, 10:05 AM
Well done Lavman........you will fall in love with it........your back will appreciate too!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Carcajou17 on Feb 14, 2015, 12:05 PM
My first Smitty.  Can't wait to try it out.  If only the deep snow on Oneida would go away.   :tipup:

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: MattyP123 on Feb 15, 2015, 05:48 PM
Finally joined the Smitty army!
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2x10's and 2x4's are just stained next time going red white and blue themed. Thanks Smitty for the design and thanks hardwater diehard for telling me to make one to haul my thermal trekker dlx around!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hardwater diehard on Feb 15, 2015, 06:00 PM
Finally joined the Smitty army!

2x10's and 2x4's are just stained next time going red white and blue themed. Thanks Smitty for the design and thanks hardwater diehard for telling me to make one to haul my thermal trekker dlx around!


Good luck with your Smitty ....she is a beauty ...in field pic next
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Lavman on Feb 17, 2015, 11:18 AM
Well done Lavman........you will fall in love with it........your back will appreciate too!!

Yes Sir! Love was found on Valentine's Day! Took my daughter to our favorite little lake, 2' of snow on top, snowshoes required to get to and onto the little mountain lake, and the new Smitty worked AWESOME!! Here it is in action - THANKS AGAIN SMITTY, THIS THING IS AMAZING!!

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Illinoizboy on Feb 17, 2015, 08:32 PM
Shake down cruise for the SS today
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All went well as expected. I picked up a few pointers and some things to do just from usage.
My friend suggested that I counter sink the bottom of the pin holes for the pins on the cross beams and add a nut to them to keep from losing them. Also noted was to drill out the pin holes in the uprights a size larger to make for easier set up and break down. I am also going to fasten a small piece of rope next to the cross bars. once the bars are in place, snug the rope down into the joint to prevent sway.  I learned on my own that the flip over sled needs it's own pull rope to keep from having to switch the one from the SS to the flip over once I have reached my destination.

Speaking of destinations: Ours led us to a bunch of these today. Lucky me, a Dandy 10" Red Ear wanted to come home with me today. Eat or mount with the other two on my wall???

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: TheDL on Feb 19, 2015, 10:28 AM
Anyone have problems drilling through the skis?  I broke 4 drill bits trying to go through a set of downhill skis.  The bit went through about 80% of the way, then just stopped...not sure what the 'core' of the ski was, but I couldn't drill through it?  This was down around the area I removed the bindings from, trying to drill pilot holes for screws to go up through the skis into the riser piece.  The bits/drill went through my old broil king BBQ clam shell, which is about 1/2 thick steel with ease so I'm not sure what the problem is  ???
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Feb 19, 2015, 10:32 AM
Could have a titanium core?

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: TheDL on Feb 19, 2015, 11:31 AM
Maybe...i guess that would explain it...seems unlikely but I know nothing about skis  ???
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Lavman on Feb 19, 2015, 11:45 AM
When I built my SS I saved the screws that held the bindings in place and re-used them to attach the 1"x 1" aluminum angles to the top of the skis. I used two angles per riser and sandwiched the riser between the vertical leg of each angle then put two bolts through the angles and vertical.

I did notice that when I drilled through the ski tips to attach the rope that the metal core of the ski was quite hard. I started with a small (1/8") SHARP drill bit to make the pilot hole then followed with a 1/2" bit to punch the larger hole.

Sharp bit it the key and start small then go to the bigger bit.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Duke on Feb 19, 2015, 06:56 PM
Well fellas- I was close - I've had skis directly attached to the bottom of my Fish Trap Guide for years now!!! After seeing this thread they are now off and the smitty sled will evolve. I have a quick question-I noe have 4- 3/8" holes in the bottom of the shanty. Can anyone on here suggest a way I can plug them so that if I am in wet conditions it won't leak water into the sled? Any help or suggestions would be great! I will try to post before and after pics once the smitty is done.
Thanks,
Duane
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hardwater diehard on Feb 19, 2015, 08:11 PM
Well fellas- I was close - I've had skis directly attached to the bottom of my Fish Trap Guide for years now!!! After seeing this thread they are now off and the smitty sled will evolve. I have a quick question-I noe have 4- 3/8" holes in the bottom of the shanty. Can anyone on here suggest a way I can plug them so that if I am in wet conditions it won't leak water into the sled? Any help or suggestions would be great! I will try to post before and after pics once the smitty is done.
Thanks,
Duane

Quick search I found this ...may be other options

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-9-16-in-x-3-8-in-Black-Rubber-Hole-Plug-808198/204273786

please post your resolution
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: IFF on Feb 20, 2015, 12:04 PM
Flex seal ?  over some kind of patch ?  TV ad's claim looks pretty good.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Feb 20, 2015, 12:10 PM
Well fellas- I was close - I've had skis directly attached to the bottom of my Fish Trap Guide for years now!!! After seeing this thread they are now off and the smitty sled will evolve. I have a quick question-I noe have 4- 3/8" holes in the bottom of the shanty. Can anyone on here suggest a way I can plug them so that if I am in wet conditions it won't leak water into the sled? Any help or suggestions would be great! I will try to post before and after pics once the smitty is done.
Thanks,
Duane

You should leave those skis on your shanty...

For days you don't need the Smitty...

Get another set for your build... Goodwill Store $5

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: kmer on Feb 21, 2015, 08:45 PM
My first Smitty sled (and first post I think?... Um... Hello.). After a couple years of lurking on this thread, I finally got one together and have photos to prove. Tested it out at the Lac Seul ice derby today. The sled exceeded expectations. Thanks for the inspiration Smitty et al. I've probably enjoyed this thread the most seeing how creative everyone is at extending the idea.

The box is a Plano model that has 'horns' that let me bungee it down yet still allows the lid to open. That's handy. I stapled some rubber backed carpet strips (rubber side up) to the 1x4 cross arms to grip the box. The legs of my chair also fit nicely into the holes I drilled in the 2x4. My wife saw the chair and said "so, who exactly do you expect to tow you around on that?".



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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Illinoizboy on Feb 22, 2015, 03:21 AM
Nice work Kmer.
I put the rubber backing on my cross beams and it really keeps cargo in place.
The chair stand is a nice option. Beats sitting on a bucket. ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Duke on Feb 23, 2015, 04:15 PM
You should leave those skis on your shanty...

For days you don't need the Smitty...

Get another set for your build... Goodwill Store $5

<*)))>{
Good idea-thanks Ice Scratcher - I really never thought of that, I think that is exactly what I'll do then I don't have to worry about plugging the holes!
Thanks again,
Duane
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: DANMAN on Feb 28, 2015, 10:44 PM
Do I need to have a seperate rope attached to the ski tips.   Or can I just pull my fishtrap rope?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: tbfisherman on Feb 28, 2015, 11:04 PM
Do I need to have a seperate rope attached to the ski tips.   Or can I just pull my fishtrap rope?

DANMAN.... You will find The Smitty Sled is much easier to pull with a much longer
rope then the one on your fishtrap.

Bob
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Mar 01, 2015, 08:46 AM
DANMAN.... You will find The Smitty Sled is much easier to pull with a much longer
rope then the one on your fishtrap.

Bob

Absolutely........I suggest a 16' rope in my plans.......that means 8' long after installed......if that makes sense.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: tomturkey on Mar 01, 2015, 10:05 AM
That long rope also allows you to control the Smitty and its load from the back if you need to go down hill with it. Sure beats bruised legs for a run away Smitty.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Mar 01, 2015, 11:05 AM
That long rope also allows you to control the Smitty and its load from the back if you need to go down hill with it. Sure beats bruised legs for a run away Smitty.
I always have to throw the rope over to the back of the sled and guide it down hills. One day I thought what the heck and just let her go. Boy did it go. About 25 yards out.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: DANMAN on Mar 02, 2015, 05:17 PM
Do I need to have a seperate rope attached to the ski tips.   Or can I just pull my fishtrap rope?

The question was can the pull rope be attached to the fishtrap and not the smitty?

My guess is not as a pullrope 20 inches above the snow may cause the smitty skis to shovel.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Mar 02, 2015, 07:29 PM
Sure it can but it won't be very effective. Rope through the tip of the ski's is much better.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prefect on Mar 08, 2015, 07:59 PM
My first attempt at a Smitty. I can't believe how much easier all my crap is to haul!!!

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2FtFanTtRl.jpg&hash=a479a2fbeb5b40b46de525471e3889e5)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: esp6494 on Mar 08, 2015, 09:29 PM
My first attempt at the Great smitty sled design. I milled the 2x4s and 2x8s so they key together along with 4" carraige bolts for added stability. So sturdy that I think it could handle over 500 lbs on it without any problem. Thanks for the idea smitty! The walk to and from my fishing spots(usually 1mile+) are much more enjoyable now! 
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi473.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Frr100%2Fesp6494%2Fe5c075cf-7b17-4c20-b94f-be834ba708a6.jpg&hash=aa2ef23a8c1139a856e3a6a3b0a62923) (http://s473.photobucket.com/user/esp6494/media/e5c075cf-7b17-4c20-b94f-be834ba708a6.jpg.html)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi473.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Frr100%2Fesp6494%2F11cb9fae-b23a-4b94-8a03-b7fd4713fff1.jpg&hash=297627d3b69fd7cbf8c786b1e7e0cb8d) (http://s473.photobucket.com/user/esp6494/media/11cb9fae-b23a-4b94-8a03-b7fd4713fff1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Corndog on Mar 08, 2015, 10:47 PM
My first attempt at the Great smitty sled design. I milled the 2x4s and 2x8s so they key together along with 4" carraige bolts for added stability. So sturdy that I think it could handle over 500 lbs on it without any problem. Thanks for the idea smitty! The walk to and from my fishing spots(usually 1mile+) are much more enjoyable now!
Nice Smitty Sled!
May I suggest a harness. I scored a fall arrest harness, free from a friend, that has a ring on the back. I can pull my Smitty with ease and still have my hands free. That way, when the snow is deep I can use trekking poles. Or sip some coffee as I walk.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Mar 09, 2015, 12:24 PM
I like when my rope is in back....





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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on May 10, 2015, 04:02 PM
Do I need to have a seperate rope attached to the ski tips.   Or can I just pull my fishtrap rope?
I drilled a hole in the tips of the ski's ran the rope through the holes and tied the rope to an eye screw I put on the front of the risers so I'm pulling on the sled base and not the ski's. the longer the rope the better.

Another question. Anyone use their smitty behind a snow machine? I fish a river on foot with the smitty, and also fish a wide open bay using my snowmachine and wondered how the smitty would hold up. the bay is big and brutal, I don't travel fast, 10-20 mph max, lots of snow drifts, cracks to cross, it isn't like the river where it's mostly flat. thanks
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Svengalli on May 10, 2015, 10:06 PM
One of my Smitty's gets pulled behind a snowmobile all winter long over ridges and drifts of the likes most people have never seen and it holds up just fine with the caveat being that mine does not "break down" as the risers and cross members are screwed together.  I made a tow bar with chain ran through sch40 PVC pipe that run from eyebolts on the tips of the skis and even at -40 I haven't had any issues.  The pipe prevents the sled from slamming into the Otter sled it gets towed behind (tandem).
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on May 12, 2015, 06:34 PM
One of my Smitty's gets pulled behind a snowmobile all winter long over ridges and drifts of the likes most people have never seen and it holds up just fine with the caveat being that mine does not "break down" as the risers and cross members are screwed together.  I made a tow bar with chain ran through sch40 PVC pipe that run from eyebolts on the tips of the skis and even at -40 I haven't had any issues.  The pipe prevents the sled from slamming into the Otter sled it gets towed behind (tandem).
How much do you haul on it?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Svengalli on May 12, 2015, 09:19 PM
That one's usually got between 100 and 150 pounds in it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Fishhouse5 on May 21, 2015, 12:34 PM
Looking to build a smitty this summer.  Looking to use 2 x 6 as the riser attached to the skies and 1 x 4 as the cross bars that the tub sits on.
Is it better to make the "riser" as one piece or make 2 separate ones that the cross bars join to??
Will the single one might give it more stability
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Fishhouse5 on May 21, 2015, 01:49 PM
Looking to be able to break it down to fit in the trunk of a corolla
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: rdhammah on May 21, 2015, 08:10 PM
how much weight you hauling?
single piece risers will add weight
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Fishhouse5 on May 22, 2015, 06:46 AM
Probably hauling more than needed.
a dozen tipups, 6 tip downs, 10" Jiffy, 5 jig rods, minnow bucket, bag chair and all the misc scoop, tackle.
Have looked at the old posts and saw that some were solid others were split.
Getting ideas before starting the project.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: rdhammah on May 22, 2015, 07:01 AM
a dozen tipups  AND 6 tip downs? how many lines are you allowed in IL? we're allowed 5 lines. I bring 4 tipups and 4 rods. I always jig.
 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Fishhouse5 on May 22, 2015, 12:51 PM
Fishing in WI  allow 3 lines
Fishing with 3 - 4 guys and supply the gear
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: rdhammah on May 22, 2015, 08:19 PM
gee, I got to fish with you! that way I don't have to drag gear out!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: aquarium234 on Sep 20, 2015, 09:55 AM
Well a hardy thanks to all you guys keeping this thread going all these years. I just read the current 64 pages and have some great ideas for building my Smitty sled. Keep posting your pic's of your improvements. Its awesome to share ways of making our sport easier to enjoy.    ;D I will add my creations pics as soon as I get it finished.......:-) 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Sep 20, 2015, 11:22 AM
Well a hardy thanks to all you guys keeping this thread going all these years. I just read the current 64 pages and have some great ideas for building my Smitty sled. Keep posting your pic's of your improvements. Its awesome to share ways of making our sport easier to enjoy.    ;D I will add my creations pics as soon as I get it finished.......:-)

Well I thought it was a good idea for people on a budget and have a car to get their gear into..........I'm glad this thread is still going also..........it's been fun the last almost 6yrs since I originally posted it.......
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: johnny31968 on Oct 03, 2015, 02:19 PM
WOW!! What a great idea Smitty!! I got the wheels turning already. Thanks!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: rdhammah on Oct 03, 2015, 04:24 PM
this has been nothing short of amazing. 6 years running and it is viewed constantly!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Beerslushy on Oct 09, 2015, 11:17 PM
Great Idea!  I guess I know what I'm doing on my next day off. ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Oct 13, 2015, 09:07 AM
Great Idea!  I guess I know what I'm doing on my next day off. ;D
If you have any questions while you are building yours, I will be here to help.......hope it goes well for you.........post a pic when you get her built.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Lavman on Oct 13, 2015, 11:47 AM
I wont the lottery (of sorts) last Saturday. Shot my first ever Drake/hen wood duck combo then scored 3 (yes 3!) pairs of downhill skis - FREE!!!

I have an epic Smitty cooking in my head, will be sweet (I hope!)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs19.postimg.org%2Fnnxa4y0of%2F027.jpg&hash=a4e0a919ab14c72e2731768603f00b8a) (http://postimg.org/image/nnxa4y0of/)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fs19.postimg.org%2Fa9k78wu0f%2F024.jpg&hash=7fd404930e59ca3a52dc5064052e7751) (http://postimg.org/image/a9k78wu0f/)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: rdhammah on Oct 13, 2015, 12:58 PM
Congrats on the woodies. Beautiful drake. I'd get it mounted
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Lavman on Oct 13, 2015, 01:04 PM
Congrats on the woodies. Beautiful drake. I'd get it mounted

Not hijack thread: Had the same thought, I have both ducks in the freezer right now, whole. Checked with the guy that did my muzzleloader buck in 2012 and he he gets $375 per duck.....that's $750 for the pair....going to thaw 'em and eat 'em and use those pretty feathers to pick my teeth after  ;D ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Beerslushy on Oct 15, 2015, 09:31 PM
javascript:void(0);

Here is mine.  I finished it the other night.  Can't wait to try it out.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Beerslushy on Oct 15, 2015, 09:40 PM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi628.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fuu8%2Fbradyt7%2F006_zps6qgqkamz.jpg&hash=f99b6ac37c01961a4a6c6cda3297075b) (http://s628.photobucket.com/user/bradyt7/media/006_zps6qgqkamz.jpg.html)

Lets try this again.  You rock Smitty!  Thanks for the idea.  Never underestimate the mind of an ice fisherman.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Oct 16, 2015, 06:22 AM
You will be amazed at how easy you can pull your gear out on these.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Oct 16, 2015, 11:23 AM
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi628.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fuu8%2Fbradyt7%2F006_zps6qgqkamz.jpg&hash=f99b6ac37c01961a4a6c6cda3297075b) (http://s628.photobucket.com/user/bradyt7/media/006_zps6qgqkamz.jpg.html)

Lets try this again.  You rock Smitty!  Thanks for the idea.  Never underestimate the mind of an ice fisherman.
That Smitty looks amazing........your back will thank you........great job!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: doublehaul on Oct 20, 2015, 12:37 PM
Hey smitty-You're beginning to get a cult following. Great engineering from the fellow icehead. Knocked one out in an afternoon for my one-man tub-style pop-up shack. Looks like it's gonna work awesome.
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi222.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fdd148%2Fdoublehaul406%2FIMG_0354_zpsq8rbpxzp.jpg&hash=ebe9898ea4c1dd993f0dcf5bac28cdc9) (http://s222.photobucket.com/user/doublehaul406/media/IMG_0354_zpsq8rbpxzp.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Oct 24, 2015, 08:46 AM
Hey smitty-You're beginning to get a cult following. Great engineering from the fellow icehead. Knocked one out in an afternoon for my one-man tub-style pop-up shack. Looks like it's gonna work awesome.
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi222.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fdd148%2Fdoublehaul406%2FIMG_0354_zpsq8rbpxzp.jpg&hash=ebe9898ea4c1dd993f0dcf5bac28cdc9) (http://s222.photobucket.com/user/doublehaul406/media/IMG_0354_zpsq8rbpxzp.jpg.html)
Lookin good there dblhaul.....love it!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: GBR on Nov 03, 2015, 11:36 AM
I just finished my first Smitty. It pulls great in the backyard, but I wish I had some snow to try it on.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 03, 2015, 11:46 AM
Looks good, you will love it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 04, 2015, 12:46 PM
I just finished my first Smitty. It pulls great in the backyard, but I wish I had some snow to try it on.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/jzZYL3QvK9q-J1zWz1-a9XInYMy6ZYJS5DGHISLM29bzqQhrk2l6UJCIXBeLEhI3t_UTmBlc-a4UQeOMd25aFzrgKmWX-XR9DU6J7WiTaryehBSWZv9QFryFLWEjaH6TXEeNFnM-VIabttXl95Ki6wzVxMdCGzGfTCwSR426z8zX-4cBYfWkMDh0rlWs2UhRh_cTWV0DU_dttTa6WC9z6H2onMYtLVSQinufRhb_ueW1WkZyrSpLkO8mhoGSvrsBYVz_Ax26pnDckh24y585IgCfv5-jFC_VhJZNKikyX-opF_NoSj6O2nrT6EXrElnRVYMa4oPjMxYu400aBkqubeohQJdg98mBM2QjBfJn6lj5mORRG5xixkzmwCu39p_Vc-fxOzUCHILOsfSH1vFeSbtXrKLIM23S4RAEoy8XCwVoO6YuhOyDMYVOKWfkcjSYB_kezQjOYH8G4KUQL-JStApjbNcjnpDh5929mUkmqOLsA70y_oIfnwe7FHDsAU_XGPC4V6XRdyR5EXlZ5fVfMkPS25lI8zpxGh8ZXUtZxx8=w526-h394-no)
Looking real good there GBR.....no doubt in my mind.......you will LOVE it!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: COLD-AS-ICE on Nov 13, 2015, 07:04 PM
So after having read all 64 pages of this thread, more than once! I finally made my own smith sled tonight. Took me about an hour, and being the resourceful pack rat that I am I made it for free. Everything I used I had on hand from old projects. I made the sled 48" wide to leave room on the side of my flip over for my auger to rest. And totally by accident I made 2 things happen. The slot that my sled sits on is just the right size that it kinda falls into it a little. No need to strap it down or anything. And the other thing was my cross braces were perfectly spaced (by accident mind you) for my ice auger to sit on. Kinda locks right into place. Being 4' wide it was kinda springy in the middle so I added a couple braces and used my Kreg pocket hole jig to tighten it up and it did. I can sit on the sled in my flip over easily! Anyways here is my version of the smith sled! Oh yeah I have a truck so taking it apart for transportation in a vehicle was not a concern for me
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1234.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff412%2Fwemove2012%2F9F7652D1-73AD-4DC1-B1FE-09CF9BC90A7B.jpg&hash=6b6edee954a0f236265635ad3efcc790) (http://s1234.photobucket.com/user/wemove2012/media/9F7652D1-73AD-4DC1-B1FE-09CF9BC90A7B.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1234.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff412%2Fwemove2012%2F57DE4E45-4AF5-4952-98F5-376304FDC990.jpg&hash=800387dc0fa16cb72248b7f57a6e1f4d) (http://s1234.photobucket.com/user/wemove2012/media/57DE4E45-4AF5-4952-98F5-376304FDC990.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1234.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff412%2Fwemove2012%2FB8D4AA06-36A2-4A54-AEC2-6046C66B3B4B.jpg&hash=b7228bd6a79035246581e014baac049b) (http://s1234.photobucket.com/user/wemove2012/media/B8D4AA06-36A2-4A54-AEC2-6046C66B3B4B.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1234.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff412%2Fwemove2012%2F241CBEC8-D045-4A22-A0BD-7934D9320D7C.jpg&hash=9ad66451f1aaf61c84106a59095bed83) (http://s1234.photobucket.com/user/wemove2012/media/241CBEC8-D045-4A22-A0BD-7934D9320D7C.jpg.html)
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1234.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff412%2Fwemove2012%2F2132DFFE-CE62-4D95-9CD9-0DE4F900A892.jpg&hash=0957be76e5316c187459815a197100a1) (http://s1234.photobucket.com/user/wemove2012/media/2132DFFE-CE62-4D95-9CD9-0DE4F900A892.jpg.html)

Yes and my son had to help check out the weight bearing capabilities of the cross braces as well! All It needs now is some paint
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: BLUJBURD on Nov 16, 2015, 10:18 AM
Excuse me if this question has been asked before, down hill or x country skis.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: P Meyette on Nov 16, 2015, 11:52 AM
down hill seems to work better
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 16, 2015, 12:02 PM
So after having read all 64 pages of this thread, more than once! I finally made my own smith sled tonight. Took me about an hour, and being the resourceful pack rat that I am I made it for free. Everything I used I had on hand from old projects. I made the sled 48" wide to leave room on the side of my flip over for my auger to rest. And totally by accident I made 2 things happen. The slot that my sled sits on is just the right size that it kinda falls into it a little. No need to strap it down or anything. And the other thing was my cross braces were perfectly spaced (by accident mind you) for my ice auger to sit on. Kinda locks right into place. Being 4' wide it was kinda springy in the middle so I added a couple braces and used my Kreg pocket hole jig to tighten it up and it did. I can sit on the sled in my flip over easily! Anyways here is my version of the smith sled! Oh yeah I have a truck so taking it apart for transportation in a vehicle was not a concern for me
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1234.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fff412%2Fwemove2012%2F9F7652D1-73AD-4DC1-B1FE-09CF9BC90A7B.jpg&hash=6b6edee954a0f236265635ad3efcc790) (http://s1234.photobucket.com/user/wemove2012/media/9F7652D1-73AD-4DC1-B1FE-09CF9BC90A7B.jpg.html)
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Yes and my son had to help check out the weight bearing capabilities of the cross braces as well! All It needs now is some paint
Looks like you followed this post & learned enough to build your own custom sled........ it looks great....enjoy it!! Your back will say "Thank You".
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: COLD-AS-ICE on Nov 16, 2015, 04:08 PM
Thank you smitty. I have enjoyed reading your thread on the sled, and everyone else's adaptation of it. I have since added an upright so the auger rides in the horizontal position. And also painted the sled red. I'll post more pictures tonight. Now I'm just waiting on ice!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: NYSporty on Nov 20, 2015, 06:51 AM
Well last year I picked up a 2 man flip I pulled by hand once and then only took it if I had a machine.
I have joined the "Smitty Sled" following. Mine is aluminum.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Nov 20, 2015, 11:32 AM
That is one sweet looking smitty sled. Does it come apart at all? I would think the curved pieces on the bottom just slip over the bolts.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 23, 2015, 06:09 PM
Well last year I picked up a 2 man flip I pulled by hand once and then only took it if I had a machine.
I have joined the "Smitty Sled" following. Mine is aluminum.

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Simply a great design.......love the ingenuity that went into it.......final product is an "eye catcher".....your back will thank you if you are pulling this by hand.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Raquettedacker on Nov 23, 2015, 06:14 PM
Well last year I picked up a 2 man flip I pulled by hand once and then only took it if I had a machine.I have joined the "Smitty Sled" following. Mine is aluminum.


   You sure are pretty crafty .... ;D ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: NYSporty on Nov 24, 2015, 02:50 PM

   You sure are pretty crafty .... ;D ;D

HAha the frame came from a yard sale 5$ when I saw it lights started flashing in my head. It's an old car top carrier it came with straps and a really thick well made canvas bag.
The bag will be used to pack out deer I'm going to put it on a old aluminum frame pack. The pack took a crap years ago. I measured it by putting my deer in it and it all fit after it was quartered up.
The skis came from the salvation army at 10$ So now I have my 15$ back saver. Thank you smitty!!!! It took some work and allot of thinking to do it 24 beers and I got it done   
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: NYSporty on Nov 24, 2015, 03:37 PM
That is one sweet looking smitty sled. Does it come apart at all? I would think the curved pieces on the bottom just slip over the bolts.

Yes they do but I have a truck, no need to take it apart. I stood on it and the skis wanted to go out in the back so I used ss. cable.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: BIGCREW on Nov 26, 2015, 08:47 AM
This is for the guys that are making sleds to haul your flip overs,to me it doesn't make sense to have a sled to haul your shelter out on the ice and then have to remove it from the sled to use it,its not that hard to make it so it will drop down to the ice so you can fish there is a sled designed to do this but they are very expensive and won't fit all the different tub sizes out there take a look at the lake runner to see how it works and design your own if your handy which most of us are it really isn't that hard to do basically its just a little modification to the bracket that mounts to the ski a few bolts and pins and your done why have to struggle when you don't have to ;D
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Loudenback on Nov 29, 2015, 11:29 PM
This is a design my friend Sean came up with, a take on smitty's design (thanks).  He floats around on here from time to time.  All 6061 1/4" aluminum. All counter sunk stainless bolts.  Tapped into the 1/4 aluminum.  Pull 4 pins from the sled and it folds together.  Very strong.  We are in the process of making two of these.  Should pull nice!  This one is almost complete.  Little rounding off on the feet left on this one.
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: redneckdan on Nov 30, 2015, 06:25 PM
Building one for an assault on red lake this weekend. 1/2" gas pipe welded with 6010, I need to gusset it yet. Designed so that the longitudinal bars fit in the outer runner pockets on an otter lodge.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Beerslushy on Nov 30, 2015, 10:02 PM
I finally was able to put my newly constructed smitty to use today.  I was impressed.  I couldn't believe how easy it pulled loaded down with gear.  Thanks again for the idea Smitty!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Joe Wayne on Dec 11, 2015, 04:15 PM
After breaking my previous PVC designed sled while hauling firewood, I decided this time to increase the weight capacity with galvanized steel legs and a wood platform. This gives me better options for using the sled overall than my previous design.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: mdeutsch on Dec 12, 2015, 06:49 AM
This is a design my friend Sean came up with, a take on smitty's design (thanks).  He floats around on here from time to time.  All 6061 1/4" aluminum. All counter sunk stainless bolts.  Tapped into the 1/4 aluminum.  Pull 4 pins from the sled and it folds together.  Very strong.  We are in the process of making two of these.  Should pull nice!  This one is almost complete.  Little rounding off on the feet left on this one.

Loudenback,
This is pretty cool! I love the simple design to "drop" the sled without having to dismantle anything for transport or storage. That's definitely something I would buy. Great job!
Matt
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on Dec 19, 2015, 10:32 AM
After breaking my previous PVC designed sled while hauling firewood, I decided this time to increase the weight capacity with galvanized steel legs and a wood platform. This gives me better options for using the sled overall than my previous design.

Glad to see I'm not alone in using the smitty to haul fire wood, haven't broken mine yet, but have really loaded it up a couple of times.



Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: rdhammah on Dec 19, 2015, 04:31 PM
please post a pix when you got it built
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Dec 21, 2015, 08:06 AM
After breaking my previous PVC designed sled while hauling firewood, I decided this time to increase the weight capacity with galvanized steel legs and a wood platform. This gives me better options for using the sled overall than my previous design.

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Love the design..........hope it works for you.......remember the long tow rope........
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 11, 2016, 10:42 AM
I'm just checking in.........keep posting your smitty sled designs, that's how we all learn more...........tight lines
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: potatoe on Jan 11, 2016, 09:08 PM
Getting ready to build one, picked up skis today. Trying to decide if I should use 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 for uprights. Not much snow to plow in Iowa but would like to have the system as I do not want to drill all the holes for the runner kit. Wondering if anyone has issues using the 2 x 6 method with stability. I will be hauling a Yukon loaded with gear.

Looks like most are using desk screws to connect uprights.

Design looks great - thanks Smitty for posting this
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: mjmeyer on Jan 12, 2016, 02:09 AM
I used 2x8's and deck screws. Wide stance makes it very stable. It cannot tip over.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Jan 12, 2016, 06:49 AM
I just redid one of mine. I used 2x6" and cut then only 1' long for less weight. The 2x4 cross members still have a good hold.  I will try it out tomorrow.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hounds on Jan 16, 2016, 05:16 PM
I made a new Smitty Sled!!!!  Hope to get out and use it soon here in Indiana.  I used Ice Scratchers design, from earlier in this thread.  Only I used Aluminum to join all joints instead of the metal he used from a bed frame.  That's why I added the Wood cross pieces down low, due to me being rough on my stuff.  It breaks down the same as his.  I also added a Snow shovel handle to the rope, Rod holders, and some old pet barriers for a car we no longer have.  They trombone out so they can be longer if needed, and they make bungies easy to attach.  Thanks Smitty your original has made it easier for us all to get out!!!!!  Tight lines and stay above the Ice everyone.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Jan 17, 2016, 07:36 AM
Sweet Ride. Did you use Aluminum L channel to mount it to the Ski's?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hounds on Jan 17, 2016, 09:10 AM
Yes I did and used the existing screws in the bindings to attach everything hoping that would distribute the weight correctly.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Jan 17, 2016, 10:20 AM
Nice work Hounds!!

I like those white skis, they won't melt and freeze into the ice while you're busy slaying the jumbos!! Skis that long also help it pull easier and stay on top of deeper snow... Maybe instead of cross pieces under, you might angle braces upward on to the cross boards? If you don't deal with a lot of snow those bottom pieces should be a non issue though..

Hope it brings you luck!!!

<°)))>{

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hounds on Jan 17, 2016, 01:30 PM
The Angle braces are a great idea and they could be done in aluminum too.  Was looking at a design of an old time kids sled and that's what they used.  Thanks Ice Scratcher, how is your sled working for ya?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Silverbullet555 on Jan 18, 2016, 12:56 PM
Finally built our sled. Some old skis and some redwood for the wood. It has adjustable with via through bolts which act as pins. We used it for the first time this past weekend and the only issue is that my boxes slide forward or back until they fall off one edge. Some aluminum angle ought to fix that.

We were in 8-12" of snow and it staped up pretty well.



I put rope on the front and back so I can control speed down hill. Spud and auger go on either side.

I need to figure out a better one tray. Either buy a cabelas sled which is on sale or make a wood try to fill that spot so I can put buckets, heater, etc. Open to suggestions.
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on Jan 18, 2016, 01:18 PM
Go back to about page 64 and look at some of the sleds there and how the builder put eye bolts in each one of the risers to hook ratchet straps. That will keep things from falling off. Another thing that makes for easy towing is a longer rope, your's looks kind of short. Good job on it though.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Silverbullet555 on Jan 18, 2016, 01:56 PM
Go back to about page 64 and look at some of the sleds there and how the builder put eye bolts in each one of the risers to hook ratchet straps. That will keep things from falling off. Another thing that makes for easy towing is a longer rope, your's looks kind of short. Good job on it though.

Already did that. I just set the cross beams too far apart when I built it. Engineering failure on my part.
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Here's some pics of the inside of the black box where I store rods, holders, tackle, etc.
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The box was a mess as we had just gotten back. And I was trying to reorganize things and dry stuff out.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hardwater diehard on Jan 18, 2016, 02:19 PM
My cross braces over hang some ...my theory is it help the ratchet strap from slipping back while going over tough/rough terrain .... a 14-16 ft rope is a must.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on Jan 18, 2016, 02:28 PM
guess I didn't notice them on your original post. I like your rod holders in the box with the pvc and the clear plastic.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Silverbullet555 on Jan 18, 2016, 02:37 PM
guess I didn't notice them on your original post. I like your rod holders in the box with the pvc and the clear plastic.

No worries. They weren't in the pic of the empty sled. The jury is out on those rod holders. The clear plastic may turn out to be too much of a pain. It's a 2 hours drive to go ice fishing so it will take some time to determine. I can also fit my auger in there for non hardwater storage.
My cross braces over hang some ...my theory is it help the ratchet strap from slipping back while going over tough/rough terrain .... a 14-16 ft rope is a must.

I was a little surprised the rectangle box had issues. The other one did surprise me. It's not a hard fix for the rectangle box though. And I have the scraps around to do it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Jan 18, 2016, 11:16 PM
Thanks Ice Scratcher, how is your sled working for ya?

Working out perfect! Just need lake Erie to settle down and freeze up..

<°)))>{

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hounds on Jan 19, 2016, 11:56 AM
Wished we could safely fish Lake Michigan through the Ice?  And wish we had 25+ inch eyes.  You lucky dogs on Erie.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Jan 20, 2016, 01:34 AM
Wished we could safely fish Lake Michigan through the Ice?  And wish we had 25+ inch eyes.  You lucky dogs on Erie.

I wish we had salmon, and lake trout, those Lake Michigan guys got all the good stuff!! Lol just kidding.. I'll take walleye any day.. But honestly I'm sure there are guys stuck on Erie wishing for lake MI...

<°)))>{
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Deal Ninja on Jan 20, 2016, 10:02 AM
I finished my Smitty Sled yesterday.  Still need some straps to secure the shanty on the sled but it'll be ready to roll Saturday ice conditions permitting.  All aluminum frame, except for two by two wood rails that the shanty (Otter Lodge) actually sits on.  The wooden rails were designed to fit the outer two grooves in the bottom of the sled.  The legs are adjustable from 8" to 12" in height by pulling and resetting hitchpins in the legs.  There are four eyebolts mounted to the aluminum rails for attachment of straps (when I get them).  Nothing is welded except the upward curves in the aluminum rails at the front.  It was designed so it  could be completely disassembled for transportation and storage.  I purchased the  Clam sled harness and 3/4 PVC pipes for the straps when pulling downhill to the ice.  The rear of the sled is built like a ramp for pulling the shanty up and on, and I will buy some sort of padding (pipe insulation?, noodle floatie?) for the front 'bumper' to protect my shins when doing so.  lol  Materials were two 8 foot sections of 1/8' aluminum "T" channel, one 8 foot piece of 1 1/4" square tubing, one 8 foot piece of 1" square  tubing and some misc solid aluminum stock, nuts, bolts, washers and eyebolts.

Apologies for the super large photos.  I tried and tried to re-size in photobucket, but PB would not cooperate.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hounds on Jan 20, 2016, 11:21 AM
I wish we had salmon, and lake trout, those Lake Michigan guys got all the good stuff!! Lol just kidding.. I'll take walleye any day.. But honestly I'm sure there are guys stuck on Erie wishing for lake MI...

<°)))>{

They put up one helluva fight, I just not really skilled at preparing them, although have been working on it.  Walleye is pretty much goof proof in my opinion to prepare for the table.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: RStock521 on Jan 20, 2016, 08:06 PM
So I put mine together using one pin in each crossbar to slide into the uprights.  I cut my notch just a sliver too big apparently and there's a little bit of play in the crossbars and the skis scissor a little bit.  I was thinking about stapling a little piece of foam or something in there to tighten up the fit so the skis always stay straight.  Do you guys have any good suggestions?  If I had used two pins, would that have made it a tighter fit?  Thanks!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Silverbullet555 on Jan 20, 2016, 08:37 PM
Mine scissors a little but it doesn't effect it. You could shim yours or add a second pin.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hardwater diehard on Jan 21, 2016, 04:47 AM
Mine scissors a little but it doesn't effect it. You could shim yours or add a second pin.

Mine too ...should be fine as long as your just dragging it by hand.. could add a piece from a paint stirrer to shim it up .
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: frigidaire on Jan 21, 2016, 12:14 PM
Hi Guys,
Have a look at my Smitty on page 19.  I had the same problem with scissoring until I installed the angle brackets.  Or, you could do what I did with version 2.0 on page 41, double bolts on 2x6 crossbars.... ;)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: RStock521 on Jan 21, 2016, 12:32 PM
Hi Guys,
Have a look at my Smitty on page 19.  I had the same problem with scissoring until I installed the angle brackets.  Or, you could do what I did with version 2.0 on page 41, double bolts on 2x6 crossbars.... ;)

Thanks guys!  I bought a thin foam sheet from the craft store today to try as shims, so we'll have to see how that works.  If not, I'll probably tear it all down and buy some more wood to make new risers and cross bars with two pins. I'll post on here how my shims work.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: BlackDogAlpha on Jan 21, 2016, 02:45 PM
My Smitty construction begins, nearly left my spine on the ice last weekend. It shall be custom, oh yes, yes it will.
Thanks Smitty for the innovation!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 22, 2016, 09:37 AM
Mine scissors a little but it doesn't effect it. You could shim yours or add a second pin.

I would shim it like others have said, I don't know how much "play" you have....do you have any pics of it?......could also wrap blue painters tape around the ends of your cross braces, keep wrapping and testing till you get a good snug fit.......without doing anything, I think it would still be ok as long as you are pulling by hand.

Keep the questions coming, we will help the best we can.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 22, 2016, 09:38 AM
My Smitty construction begins, nearly left my spine on the ice last weekend. It shall be custom, oh yes, yes it will.
Thanks Smitty for the innovation!
Please post pics when you it done..........ask me questions if you need to.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Jan 22, 2016, 11:36 AM
I'm not a carpenter and my first smitty did the same thing. Then my second one did too. I finally figured out not to cut on my line but inside of it. My latest version is nice and tight. One of the others has been notched out and I added a 1/2" strip of wood to the cross piece in question. SO it is now tight.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: RStock521 on Jan 22, 2016, 03:21 PM
Fixed it!  Went up to the craft store and bought some brown foam stuff.  Cut a little inch square and stapled one in where needed and it tightened the entire thing right up!  I'm not a carpenter by any means (actually bought a circular saw just for this use), but I'm very happy with my end result.  Can't wait to try it out!

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: RStock521 on Jan 22, 2016, 09:35 PM
Used it tonight and it worked beautifully.  Thanks everyone for your help, especially Smitty for the original design!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Carcajou17 on Jan 23, 2016, 05:16 PM
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Took my Smitty Sled out for the first time today.  Holy baloney, it was awesome!  On top of what you see in the pic, I had an Eskimo Quick Fish 3 hut, auger, and a small shovel attached.  It was like pulling a feather.  My friends were amazed and wanted one.  Thanks, Smitty!!!!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Silverbullet555 on Jan 24, 2016, 10:41 AM
I would shim it like others have said, I don't know how much "play" you have....do you have any pics of it?......could also wrap blue painters tape around the ends of your cross braces, keep wrapping and testing till you get a good snug fit.......without doing anything, I think it would still be ok as long as you are pulling by hand.

Keep the questions coming, we will help the best we can.

I pull by hand so I'm not too worried about it. I have some felt I could stick in place. Sometimes some movement can be good. Pulling behind a sled would be a bit different on that though.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Rangerphil on Jan 28, 2016, 03:24 PM
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: zman on Jan 28, 2016, 07:57 PM
How on earth do you get away with putting that (as the wife calls it "stuff") inside your house? I bet you lost some points for that.

Seriously though, did you make the minnow bucket holder or purchase it? I did a quick google search and didn't find anything.

Nice job on the sled.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Rangerphil on Jan 28, 2016, 11:10 PM
Lol she makes me clean everything but is pretty cool about it. I made the minnow bucket holder so they would not slide around and spill. Thanks
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Jan 29, 2016, 08:58 AM
Nice build there Ranger.......hope it makes your life a little easier.........tight lines
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: cweaver on Jan 31, 2016, 06:33 PM
I took advantage of the too warm to ice fish weekend to build my Smitty sled.  Now we just need some snow and colder weather to try it out.  It's a permanent build based on the 67 pages of previous awesome designs on here.  I added a rigid hitch to pull behind a snowmobile but used spring clips to be able to swap out for a rope. 

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Thanks for all the great ideas on here and thanks Smitty for the original!

Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: nd.walleye on Feb 01, 2016, 09:46 AM
Finished off my "rough draft" of the Smitty Sled this weekend, i made this one for my father in law so he can modify it how he pleases. It also gives me a chance to practice so when i make mine I have a better idea of what i'm doing. I used 2x10's for all my construction - i plan on making a seat that goes with it and i'm a big guy so i wanted the extra "beef" for that. This will eventually be my main sled as I have no desire to spend the money on a Jet Sled. These were youth ski's but the next ones will be a bit longer.

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Speeddmn on Feb 03, 2016, 06:58 PM
Well got my skis today! I also have a 2x8x8 to work with and some brackets. No pictures as I still need to re-do my photobucket account or start over somewhere else.

I am curious if there is a wrong way to build one. Ive seen 67 pages off great info but I didn't see where anyone regretted doing something, maybe I missed it. I would like it to be low enough for COG, but yet tall enough to attach my sled underneath the cross boards that will support my clam 5600. Would this be viable, has anyone tried that?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: h2ofwlr on Feb 04, 2016, 02:39 PM
^^^ Look at Frigidaire's post above.  He has upgraded/revised his twice now, I'd suspect that there is a reason.

As for those that have miscut and have a loose fit between the cross piece and upright.  I question whether cardboard or something soft will last too long as it'll flattened out and you'd have wiggle again.  I suggest cutting/shaving a piece of wood to the thickness that you need using a saw (cut it length wise and then trim it to length) and then gluing it into place with a waterproof glue.  I think it'd be a much longer lasting fix.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Feb 04, 2016, 06:20 PM
Keeping everything tight is easy regardless of how sloppy your cutting the notches..

See my solution here...
http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=103927.1180

<°)))>{
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 05, 2016, 09:51 AM
I took advantage of the too warm to ice fish weekend to build my Smitty sled.  Now we just need some snow and colder weather to try it out.  It's a permanent build based on the 67 pages of previous awesome designs on here.  I added a rigid hitch to pull behind a snowmobile but used spring clips to be able to swap out for a rope. 

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1106.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fh362%2Fcraigweaver%2F2016IceFishing%2F23005c9d-a50d-498e-bac0-12c3dba69dd1_zpslcw72gq9.jpg&hash=fedd553b8ea876fda778fc2f3e896a7e) (http://s1106.photobucket.com/user/craigweaver/media/2016IceFishing/23005c9d-a50d-498e-bac0-12c3dba69dd1_zpslcw72gq9.jpg.html)

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Thanks for all the great ideas on here and thanks Smitty for the original!

Looks good weaver.........hope it works great for you.......tight lines
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: cweaver on Feb 05, 2016, 10:45 PM
Thanks Smitty! Hoping to break it in good next weekend.  You started a long line of creativity sir.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: peteinvermont on Feb 10, 2016, 01:16 PM
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Hey Ranger, nice sled - where did you get that metal bracket holding your bait bucket?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: efka on Feb 12, 2016, 09:14 AM
ready to rock n roll, sold the pop up and went with flip up. original bench removed, and the bench seat installed on the moving milkcrate that also serves as a storage.
it's also lower which gives me more room for hooksets, and moved more towards the back which gives me more fiashable area. i can also comfortably sit with windbreaker while the hut is on smitty.
what kind of method are you guys using to secure flip hut to smitty so it can be used half way up? thanks


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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 12, 2016, 09:42 AM
ready to rock n roll, sold the pop up and went with flip up. original bench removed, and the bench seat installed on the moving milkcrate that also serves as a storage.
it's also lower which gives me more room for hooksets, and moved more towards the back which gives me more fiashable area. i can also comfortably sit with windbreaker while the hut is on smitty.
what kind of method are you guys using to secure flip hut to smitty so it can be used half way up? thanks


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Looking good efka......hope it works good for you.......as far as securing to the "smitty sled" when half up, I would put eye bolts in your risers and use bungee straps to secure. Tight lines!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: potatoe on Feb 15, 2016, 08:42 PM
Smitty sled came in handy today, snow was wet and many guys were dragging sleds all over lake. Had a few lookers when we pulled by.

We did find out one thing it does not go together if you put skis with eye bolts facing inwards. Took me awhile to figure it out and I was in hurry.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Idahogator on Feb 15, 2016, 08:53 PM

what kind of method are you guys using to secure flip hut to smitty so it can be used half way up? thanks



That looks to be a Frabill.     Best put it off the Smitty when in use as a wind-break, to avoid draft on your feet.     ;)2
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: lefty2053 on Feb 16, 2016, 06:01 AM
Smitty sled came in handy today, snow was wet and many guys were dragging sleds all over lake. Had a few lookers when we pulled by.

We did find out one thing it does not go together if you put skis with eye bolts facing inwards. Took me awhile to figure it out and I was in hurry.
I did the same thing one day. Couldn't figure out why the cross pieces wouldn't go in. Then I saw the Eye Bolts were on the inside.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Dug1898 on Feb 18, 2016, 12:28 AM
SUZIE'S SMITTY SLED...
Well, today I helped my friend Suzie build her Smitty Sled. These aren't the greatest closeup photos; but it's made pretty much like Smitty's Original Sled on page 1 of this thread. If you're like us, you've looked at all the pictures for ideas. So there is nothing new here. I had a good day with an old friend doing this and she is thrilled to have her own Smitty Sled. I don't ice fish any more; but now I want to build one for myself...lmao, just because they're soo kool! Thanks Smitty for such a great and simple design! ><{{{{;>
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Feb 24, 2016, 10:40 AM
Looks great Dug.......hope it works great for you......tight lines.....
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Team_Reload on May 12, 2016, 12:22 PM
So excited to start my sled. Just went to the Salvation Army at lunch and picked up a pair of skis with bag and poles for $6. Not to bad. I will post some pics once I get it together. Thanks for all the great ideas everyone!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: AltaIce on May 20, 2016, 06:42 AM
So excited to start my sled. Just went to the Salvation Army at lunch and picked up a pair of skis with bag and poles for $6. Not to bad. I will post some pics once I get it together. Thanks for all the great ideas everyone!
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Excellent Team_Reload,
  Sounds like you have a good idea in mind.  Enjoy designing it and then building it.  Enjoy your summer making it , so you can enjoy your winter with it.     We are looking forward to the photos of your build.
    Have a great summer, Tight lines.

        AltaIce
                      @)
 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: GoldenGraham on Sep 10, 2016, 09:44 PM
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I found some old skis today. I think we all know what this means  :) ...
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: EatenByLimestone on Sep 14, 2016, 10:54 AM
Last year I built my first Smitty sled and became an instant convert.  The only thing I wasn't crazy about was turning.  Has anybody figured out a work around for this?  Maybe shorter skis?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hays47 on Sep 19, 2016, 05:06 PM
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Used the Smitty Sled last year for first time. Used my spare time this summer to refine things a bit. Got two Cabela's ice rod bags. The smaller ones holds the combos for the jawjackers and the jawjackers themselves. The larger bag contains all my jigging combos. Both bags also have zippered compartments for jig boxes and such. Also made rod protectors out of golf club shaft protectors for my jigging rods to prevent any possibility of being crushed or breaking tip.

My version of the Smitty has an aluminum tube frame . Since season was short last year can't give a full review as to its feasibility in comparison to original. From what little usage it did get it was rather impressive.Longevity is one of the things I can't comment on. Hopefully this upcoming season it will get a good work out. Installed two milk crates on rear of Smitty frame to carry one 6 and 1 7 gallon buckets. Love the 7 gallons height for sitting.

Replaced my Humminbird Helix 7 with a Garmin 720 XS with a CHIRP ice ducer. Going to try out the ION auger in 8 inch this year too . So got a lot to test out this year. I swear I enjoy all the prepping almost as much as the actual fishing.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hays47 on Sep 19, 2016, 05:17 PM
Forgot to add this pic to display the milk crate layout.


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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: rdhammah on Sep 20, 2016, 07:33 AM
hays47 - sweet! can you list the materials list for that sled? Home Depot carries 1" square stock, but yours looks larger.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hays47 on Sep 20, 2016, 08:07 AM
I went to a welding shop ( small business ) and picked over their aluminum cut stock. Used square and rectangular tubing in frame. Used 1 x 1 for smaller and 2-1/2 x 1 for the larger top frame. I let what ever he had the most of guide me as to size.

These shops when they sell to other businesses. Charge for full stock size. Say a company needs only 7 ft of some material but it comes in 12ft standard stock. The purchaser pays for the full 12 ft. The remaining 5 ft then goes to the cut-off bin or rack. The shop may sell it in the future but who knows. So usually they are pretty liberal on pricing the cut-off material. Especially the odd sizes that they know may be tough to sell.

I let them know what I was using material for. That way they knew I was not a competitor for any of their fabrication retail work.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Sep 20, 2016, 10:03 AM
hays47 - sweet! can you list the materials list for that sled? Home Depot carries 1" square stock, but yours looks larger.

Yeah what Hays said..

If you buy that aluminum at Home depot, it will cost as much as a used truck...

Some scrap yards will sell some at double the scrap price, which is still way cheaper....

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: mjmeyer on Sep 21, 2016, 09:19 AM
Last year I built my first Smitty sled and became an instant convert.  The only thing I wasn't crazy about was turning.  Has anybody figured out a work around for this?  Maybe shorter skis?

Shorter skis will turn better, but pull harder because you concentrate the weight over less area. It will cut in deeper, also. I laugh at my 60' radius turns. On glare ice no problem, you can spin it in place. It's in the snow where turning is an issue.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Sep 21, 2016, 09:34 AM
Shorter skis will turn better, but pull harder because you concentrate the weight over less area. It will cut in deeper, also. I laugh at my 60' radius turns. On glare ice no problem, you can spin it in place. It's in the snow where turning is an issue.

X2 Thankfully we usually only need to go straight.. For shorter turns, I'll chinch up on the rope and lift the front of the sled to turn it around and such...

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: mjmeyer on Sep 21, 2016, 12:02 PM
X2 Thankfully we usually only need to go straight.. For shorter turns, I'll chinch up on the rope and lift the front of the sled to turn it around and such...

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Exactly!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Sep 21, 2016, 12:29 PM
Personally I would try for the longest widest possible..

It's not like we are trying to beat a time in a slalom run..

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 21, 2016, 02:51 PM
I have a few of these.. ::)
But I make bigger ones out of water skies to pull behind a snowmobile or 4wheeler.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Oct 12, 2016, 09:18 AM
I did not look through every page but I am planning to make a smitty sled this year. I just need to come up with a solid plan and find some old skis to buy.

I have the Otter XL sled and it works great but I do pack it down and last year had some issues in deep snow. I installed hyfax on it last year, so once I take them off, I already have usable holes in the bottom of the sled. My idea was to run 2x4s down the length of each long side of the sled and then two 2x4s across the other board at each end for stability. I was then thinking of bolting heavy duty threaded pipe nipples (1.25 inch) to the 2x4 and then to the skis.

My only concern is the overall weight I am adding. I know the boards, pipe, and skis will add a lot of weight. However, by itself and loaded up, its already to heavy to pull without my wheeler so I am wondering if it even matters. Ive seen some of the nice aluminum rigs on this site, but I dont know where guys get the product.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on Oct 12, 2016, 11:28 AM
Just make it like smitty's original. I used 2x10 for the risers, and put a piece of 1/2 plywood across the ski's cause my clam pro kept sliding down off the top.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Oct 13, 2016, 10:13 AM
Higher risers will help with deeper snow, however, I have never encountered a problem with that in Northern IL., keep in mind if you add more weight with wider boards ect it may defeat the purpose some........a long tow rope helps (Mine is 16' long which gets me out in front 8') .......center the weight load off center towards the back of the sled, that will help keep the ski tips up.......that's my 2˘.......tight lines guys & keep those "Smitty's" coming. Thank You.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: PaddyO on Oct 13, 2016, 01:37 PM
Mine
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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Oct 14, 2016, 06:45 PM
 I really like the idea of having wheels built-in.  I saw some posts on past pages where guys have built wheels into the sled.  However I know that I won't feel like putting them in and taking them out all the time.  Has anyone built one where the wheels will retract up and down with something like a lever ?  I'm thinking something similar to the way lawnmower wheels go up and down but I'm not great at building things.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: frigidaire on Oct 15, 2016, 11:44 AM
I've never seen a smitty sled with retractable wheels, but I'm very happy with my wheel setup as shown on pg 43.  Using the screw hook attachment saves you the hassle of running an axle through the upright blocks.   :)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Oct 15, 2016, 05:36 PM
Here's my new "Smitty" with wheels that you don't have to take off!! See it here........ http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=333848.0
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: banders731 on Oct 16, 2016, 12:03 AM
heres a newbie question, im going to be building my first smitty sled pretty soon to tow my frabill commander (full thermal fyi if that matters) i just got a free pair of skis from a coworker (perfect price right!??!)  only thing im wondering about is the length of the skis themselves. i dont know the exact length off hand right now but when i put them up to my commander they werent a lot longer than the tub itself.  my question is should i take these free skis and just build the sled and see what happens?  or should i save these particular ones and find a longer pair at a goodwill that might fit my commander better?

any input will be greatly appreciated :)

-b-
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Oct 16, 2016, 07:55 AM
heres a newbie question, im going to be building my first smitty sled pretty soon to tow my frabill commander (full thermal fyi if that matters) i just got a free pair of skis from a coworker (perfect price right!??!)  only thing im wondering about is the length of the skis themselves. i dont know the exact length off hand right now but when i put them up to my commander they werent a lot longer than the tub itself.  my question is should i take these free skis and just build the sled and see what happens?  or should i save these particular ones and find a longer pair at a goodwill that might fit my commander better?

any input will be greatly appreciated :)

-b-
Get regular down hill skis........they are around 5 1/2 ft long
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: banders731 on Oct 16, 2016, 01:27 PM
they are downhill skis, but they are just short K2s.....not kids skis just shorter adults
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Oct 17, 2016, 05:53 PM
I have looked at every page of this thread. I have not read every post but I have looked at every photo and screen shoted several builds. Two buddies and I are meeting this weekend to make plans to build 3 smitty sleds.

I have a few questions and hope I can get input on each. My sled is big! Its the otter XL pro (see photos of size you can see the 1 inch auger and fat fish inside the sled to give perspective). I have already built a rod rack on the back that is fairly light but the entire sled when packed down with hut, auger, and gear is too heavy to pull by myself. I basically take my wheeler every trip just to pull it. This is an ok situation but I suspect it is something I will need to consider when building a smitty.

#1: Is there a reason (other than storage) that most guys have built the smitty with the plastic sled tied down to the smitty as opposed to bolted to the lumber? I am inclined to bolt mine as I already have holes in my sled from hyfax runners. I dont anticipate needing to take it off as long as it works well.

#2 Concerning weight and the width of the skis, Ideally, I would like to build the smitty wider than my sled so that I can build an auger rack to the the side of the sled. For those of you with wide smitty sleds and or heavy sleds. Will this be an issue for pulling it? will my sled be a pain in the ass?

#3 I see most guys have drilled holes in the tips of the ski for rope. Since my sled is wheeler only, I like to use a tow bar. Once the smitty is build, will I have issues attaching a tow bar to the sled itself rather than the front of the skis? I am wondering if I will have issues with he front of the skis digging in if I dont pull from the ski tips?

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Oct 17, 2016, 06:00 PM
I have looked at every page of this thread...

A lot of your answers specifically here..

http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=333751.msg3535842#msg3535842

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on Oct 17, 2016, 06:16 PM
 Put your auger on the floor next to your sled, and make your smitty that wide, or a little wider. install some screw eyes  into your risers for a place to hook ratchet straps to. I put screw eyes in the front risers facing the ski's and ran my ropes through the ski tips and tied them on there. I use it on the river here, walking. When out on the bay I have a clam 2 man and the smitty hooked to my snow machine.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Oct 17, 2016, 06:19 PM
A lot of your answers specifically here..

http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=333751.msg3535842#msg3535842

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I read through your other post. Thank you. When you say use two bolts do you mean similar to the sled pictured a few posts above my questions post? Also forgive my ignorance but what is "counter sunk" exactly
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Oct 17, 2016, 06:20 PM
Put your auger on the floor next to your sled, and make your smitty that wide, or a little wider. install some screw eyes  into your risers for a place to hook ratchet straps to. I put screw eyes in the front risers facing the ski's and ran my ropes through the ski tips and tied them on there. I use it on the river here, walking. When out on the bay I have a clam 2 man and the smitty hooked to my snow machine.

Thanks-- I as wondering if building it that wide with that much weight would be an issue- but sounds like maybe not
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: DLB on Oct 17, 2016, 06:23 PM
I'm planning on building a smitty to be pulled by one of my machines....a snowmobile or rzr side by side.  I can't see where pulling the sled by the tips of the skis does anything special.  Ever watch people sking in deep powder snow?  The tips of the skis will always rise up and break thru the snow....its why they are designed the way they are.  Aint no one in front of the skier pulling him by the tips of his skies.  My only concern is the length of the tow bar being too short causing the skies to perhaps hit the back of the snowmobile or the tires on the sxs.   Modifying the tow bar with a suitable length of 1/2 inch conduit should take care of that though. 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Oct 17, 2016, 06:27 PM
I'm planning on building a smitty to be pulled by one of my machines....a snowmobile or rzr side by side.  I can't see where pulling the sled by the tips of the skis does anything special.  Ever watch people sking in deep powder snow?  The tips of the skis will always rise up and break thru the snow....its why they are designed the way they are.  Aint no one in front of the skier pulling him by the tips of his skies.  My only concern is the length of the tow bar being too short causing the sled to perhaps hit the back of the snowmobile or the tires on the sxs.   Modifying the tow bar with a suitable length of 1/2 inch conduit should take care of that though.

I am with you on that. I already had plans to extend the tow bar. And I agree with your point on the ski tips. I only became concerned while reading through the thread about some issues with the front tips of skis digging. I was thinking if there is ever a concern for this I will be a prime candidate given the overall weight of the set up thats built in my mind
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on Oct 17, 2016, 06:35 PM
I built mine to track in the ski's of the snowmobile. Also put a piece of plywood across the cross pieces as the clam was sliding off, I would stop to fish and leave the clam on the smitty, more than once the clam slid off as I was sitting in it. Not a fun experience. Now I tow it behind a dog sled.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Oct 17, 2016, 06:41 PM
I read through your other post. Thank you. When you say use two bolts do you mean similar to the sled pictured a few posts above my questions post? Also forgive my ignorance but what is "counter sunk" exactly

When I use the word bolt, I'm talking about a fastener that has machine threads and will accept a nut.. VS a screw that just makes its own threads..

Counter sunk= not protruding, flush, or lower than the surface they are being driven into..

Good luck!

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: DLB on Oct 18, 2016, 07:45 AM
I am with you on that. I already had plans to extend the tow bar. And I agree with your point on the ski tips. I only became concerned while reading through the thread about some issues with the front tips of skis digging. I was thinking if there is ever a concern for this I will be a prime candidate given the overall weight of the set up thats built in my mind

IMO the point where people go wrong is placing cross member supports way to close to the tips of the skis.  If there is too much weight forward, they can't do what they're supposed to properly.  Look at the sled Ice Scratcher built and the way he centered his support on the skies.  The bulk of the weight of the shanty will be over the center allowing the skis to flex, never bogging down.  I know people think my shanty base is long and heavy so I have to spread the supports out but they don't as long as they don't make the spread too short.  If you take the length of the base, divide it in half then divide that in half and center them over the middle of the skis (where the bindings would be), that is where you can put your supports.  That should allow the skis to flex.  Think of it as a really heavy person on the skis...they'll do what they are supposed to no matter his weight.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Oct 18, 2016, 08:09 AM
When I use the word bolt, I'm talking about a fastener that has machine threads and will accept a nut.. VS a screw that just makes its own threads..

Counter sunk= not protruding, flush, or lower than the surface they are being driven into..

Good luck!

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I know what a bolt is. That's not what I was asking. However, thanks for the other tips.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Oct 18, 2016, 08:10 AM
IMO the point where people go wrong is placing cross member supports way to close to the tips of the skis.  If there is too much weight forward, they can't do what they're supposed to properly.  Look at the sled Ice Scratcher built and the way he centered his support on the skies.  The bulk of the weight of the shanty will be over the center allowing the skis to flex, never bogging down.  I know people think my shanty base is long and heavy so I have to spread the supports out but they don't as long as they don't make the spread too short.  If you take the length of the base, divide it in half then divide that in half and center them over the middle of the skis (where the bindings would be), that is where you can put your supports.  That should allow the skis to flex.  Think of it as a really heavy person on the skis...they'll do what they are supposed to no matter his weight.

That makes good sense . I will follow that logic. Thanks!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: calgarygringo on Oct 18, 2016, 08:41 AM
I did a different take on my Otter/Smitty sled. I added handle to push instead of pulling and makes it a lot easier. I tell people do you push or pull your buggy in the grocery store. Friends that have tried mine also agree that it it is a lot easier especially when you take a full load out like I do.

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I have looked at every page of this thread. I have not read every post but I have looked at every photo and screen shoted several builds. Two buddies and I are meeting this weekend to make plans to build 3 smitty sleds.

I have a few questions and hope I can get input on each. My sled is big! Its the otter XL pro (see photos of size you can see the 1 inch auger and fat fish inside the sled to give perspective). I have already built a rod rack on the back that is fairly light but the entire sled when packed down with hut, auger, and gear is too heavy to pull by myself. I basically take my wheeler every trip just to pull it. This is an ok situation but I suspect it is something I will need to consider when building a smitty.

#1: Is there a reason (other than storage) that most guys have built the smitty with the plastic sled tied down to the smitty as opposed to bolted to the lumber? I am inclined to bolt mine as I already have holes in my sled from hyfax runners. I dont anticipate needing to take it off as long as it works well.

#2 Concerning weight and the width of the skis, Ideally, I would like to build the smitty wider than my sled so that I can build an auger rack to the the side of the sled. For those of you with wide smitty sleds and or heavy sleds. Will this be an issue for pulling it? will my sled be a pain in the ass?

#3 I see most guys have drilled holes in the tips of the ski for rope. Since my sled is wheeler only, I like to use a tow bar. Once the smitty is build, will I have issues attaching a tow bar to the sled itself rather than the front of the skis? I am wondering if I will have issues with he front of the skis digging in if I dont pull from the ski tips?

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1380.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fah167%2Fprosty411%2FA3CC2887-183E-49A6-8B22-477414071B9D_zpswclrbpri.jpg&hash=9fd8e2ba62b25e5abf0a93e457ef26ff) (http://s1380.photobucket.com/user/prosty411/media/A3CC2887-183E-49A6-8B22-477414071B9D_zpswclrbpri.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Oct 18, 2016, 09:55 AM
Looks good! If it weren't for a wheeler, I'd never even try to take so much stuff
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on Oct 23, 2016, 08:50 PM
prosty41, this isn't my smitty but a pic I took off another post someone else made, you can get an idea of how your sled would fit where the flipover is, and the auger next to it, hope it helps.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1341.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fo750%2Faburke120%2Fsmitty%2520with%2520auger%2520holder_zpsdpu1mstg.jpg&hash=12da8ac82a99386cc52ec60a1a0e1857)
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Oct 24, 2016, 08:18 AM
Thanks! That is similar to the sled I am thinking of building in my mind. I plan to reinforce mine a little more than that one. Also, I would like the auger to sit down at an angle with the motor a bit higher than the auger bit. I have been kicking around the "auger stand" but I guess I am just going to build notches in the wood.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on Oct 24, 2016, 09:24 AM
don't notch the sled any more than adding the cross pieces, I'm not sure if it will weaken it or not. In that pic if there wasn't something holding the auger so it sits level, it would be sitting on an angle with the motor a bit higher.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Oct 24, 2016, 10:13 AM
Most everyone has the base boards (attached to the skis) cut at and angle as opposed to a rectangle-esk shape. Any reason why?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: hardwater diehard on Oct 24, 2016, 10:19 AM
Most everyone has the base boards (attached to the skis) cut at and angle as opposed to a rectangle-esk shape. Any reason why?

Cut down on weight ...I also used 2"x3" as my cross braces to  cut down some weight also.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on Oct 24, 2016, 10:30 AM
aerodynamics maybe? Smitty's originals also have been cut on an angle. Don't mess with something that works. JK
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: COLD-AS-ICE on Oct 26, 2016, 06:08 PM
prosty41, this isn't my smitty but a pic I took off another post someone else made, you can get an idea of how your sled would fit where the flipover is, and the auger next to it, hope it helps.

(http://i1341.photobucket.com/albums/o750/aburke120/smitty%20with%20auger%20holder_zpsdpu1mstg.jpg)

Ha that's my smitty sled. Made it last fall. Works great and plenty strong enough for me to sit in the shack while it is on the sled. And as I am tall that makes it just the right height for me!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: SirCranksalot on Oct 30, 2016, 08:12 PM
SUZIE'S SMITTY SLED...
Well, today I helped my friend Suzie build her Smitty Sled. These aren't the greatest closeup photos; but it's made pretty much like Smitty's Original Sled on page 1 of this thread. If you're like us, you've looked at all the pictures for ideas. So there is nothing new here. I had a good day with an old friend doing this and she is thrilled to have her own Smitty Sled. I don't ice fish any more; but now I want to build one for myself...lmao, just because they're soo kool! Thanks Smitty for such a great and simple design! ><{{{{;>
(http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p573/Dsmthcrft/Suzies%20Smitty%20Sled%202.jpg)[/URL]

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Just a detail question: how do you cut the vertical pieces so that the X-bars sit flush?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Oct 30, 2016, 08:42 PM

Just a detail question: how do you cut the vertical pieces so that the X-bars sit flush?

There are a dozen ways, the quick, easy way would be make two cuts and knock the chunk out with a hammer. Helps to score the break with a knife before knocking it out..

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on Oct 31, 2016, 06:52 AM
how did you cut to get where you are now? just need to cut alittle deeper
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Nov 01, 2016, 11:14 AM
***Looking for Criticism***

Here is a rough sketch of the smitty I am planning to build this weekend. I am looking for criticism as I am not 100% sure its the best design.

As I have mentioned in the past, the sled I use is huge. Its the otter pro extra large. its very heavy when packed down with gear as seen here:
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1380.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fah167%2Fprosty411%2F5821203E-3239-4347-8993-6320EC05263B_zpspyginxtz.jpg&hash=49db955d6cc52b1877c2e7a314f36b8b) (http://s1380.photobucket.com/user/prosty411/media/5821203E-3239-4347-8993-6320EC05263B_zpspyginxtz.jpg.html)

Ideas I have that I am seeking feedback/criticism:

I will be pulling this sled via a 4 wheeler because even without a smitty, the sled and gear weigh too much to pull by hand. One thing I have noticed in the past is that the sled does not always pull even due to hills, snow tracks, etc. My concern is that if I use a 2x8 directly attached to the ski, all that weight, speed, and uneven ground will put a lot of torque on the 2 inches of lumber attached to the ski. My solution is to actually use 2 pieces of 4x4 to achieve desired height but also have a much more structure support on the lumber and more real estate to attach with screws. The downside is obviously the overall weight but the set up is so heavy, im not sure it even matters anymore.

Next up you can see that I have 6 pieces of 2x4 attacked to the bottom of the sled. Again, my idea is extra support for weight and speed.

Finally, because I want my skis to follow in the wheeler tracks, I cant build an auger stand on the side like I wanted to because I dont want the smitty to be that wide. My idea was to use 4x4s and build the auger caddy across the top of the sled and sideways so that the auger crosses and  hovers over the sled. Therefore 4x4's would protrude up on both sides of the sled.
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1380.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fah167%2Fprosty411%2Funnamed_zpsqtolqzmd.png&hash=97cafd324065fba0459518cd048a223a) (http://s1380.photobucket.com/user/prosty411/media/unnamed_zpsqtolqzmd.png.html)

Where and why am I wrong?
 
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on Nov 01, 2016, 11:26 AM
Use the 6 2x4's for a rack on the quad for your auger, front or back it don't matter. or put the auger in the sled. Your sled isn't that full yet, get a cover for it, bungee the auger down on top, and head for the ice.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: SirCranksalot on Nov 01, 2016, 04:45 PM
There are a dozen ways, the quick, easy way would be make two cuts and knock the chunk out with a hammer. Helps to score the break with a knife before knocking it out..

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Thx---that's my level of wood butchery. I thought maybe there was a slicker way of doing it.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: SirCranksalot on Nov 01, 2016, 04:48 PM
IMO the point where people go wrong is placing cross member supports way to close to the tips of the skis.  If there is too much weight forward, they can't do what they're supposed to properly.  Look at the sled Ice Scratcher built and the way he centered his support on the skies.  The bulk of the weight of the shanty will be over the center allowing the skis to flex, never bogging down.  I know people think my shanty base is long and heavy so I have to spread the supports out but they don't as long as they don't make the spread too short.  If you take the length of the base, divide it in half then divide that in half and center them over the middle of the skis (where the bindings would be), that is where you can put your supports.  That should allow the skis to flex.  Think of it as a really heavy person on the skis...they'll do what they are supposed to no matter his weight.
So, as I understand it you are saying to divide the ski length by 4 to determine how far apart the supports should be, then center the supports on the spot wher the bindings go?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: cwavs1982 on Nov 02, 2016, 10:46 AM
Thx---that's my level of wood butchery. I thought maybe there was a slicker way of doing it.

If you have an electric saw, set the depth to 1.5".  You can make multiple passes with a saw, taking bites of about 1/4" at a time.  Then take a chisel and pry the pieces out.  Use the chisel to clean up the knockouts and your 2x4 should lay flush with the top of your riser.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: SirCranksalot on Nov 02, 2016, 01:54 PM
OK, thx--- I will try something along those lines.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: DLB on Nov 03, 2016, 06:21 AM
So, as I understand it you are saying to divide the ski length by 4 to determine how far apart the supports should be, then center the supports on the spot wher the bindings go?

Yes.  Look at the picture of susies smitty sled you quoted.  That should give you an idea as to how much room the skis have to flex.  Then look at the picture of Uncle Al's design immediately above your post.  Not saying his won't work because it will but without the skis ability to flex properly, he may have a harder time pulling it thru heavy, deeper snow.  Many people put their supports at the very end of their tubs and it doesn't need to be like that. All of this is just my opinion but to me, its obvious when watching people skiing as to how skis are designed to work.  I must admit though, after many attempts at learning first hand how skis work, I was never able to learn how to ski. :-[  After severely damaging my right knee, I threw in the towel.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: SirCranksalot on Nov 04, 2016, 06:21 PM
DLB,

I see what you are saying and tend to agree with you up to a point. I think that, rather than center the supports around the binding location, I would offset them towards the rear. I don't see any disadvantage of having a support near the rear of the ski. Your thoughts?
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Uncle Al on Nov 05, 2016, 10:28 AM
Smitty, help these guys out, tell them is aint rocket science
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: smitty0312 on Nov 05, 2016, 01:09 PM
Smitty, help these guys out, tell them is aint rocket science

Fasten your risers off center towards back of skis.......this will keep the weight towards back and help keep ski tips up........
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Nov 05, 2016, 11:28 PM
Long day of making my otter xl into a smitty. It's a tank but it turned out good. Still have to finish the auger caddy but maybe my design will give others ideas.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi3.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy95%2Fprosty41%2Flas%2520vegas%2F92300EDC-347C-45B6-8142-FA60F9E2F7EF.jpg&hash=a71845549fac812a417ee463038b0f09) (http://s3.photobucket.com/user/prosty41/media/las%20vegas/92300EDC-347C-45B6-8142-FA60F9E2F7EF.jpg.html)

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi3.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy95%2Fprosty41%2Flas%2520vegas%2FFDEE2133-941C-40C2-B4A7-9B49F3B73A7B.jpg&hash=abd5ad1b1d60ecf79b862fe9a2efabef) (http://s3.photobucket.com/user/prosty41/media/las%20vegas/FDEE2133-941C-40C2-B4A7-9B49F3B73A7B.jpg.html)

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(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi3.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy95%2Fprosty41%2Flas%2520vegas%2F6E18C4C1-A9DF-4C75-AAD2-92FB31B21552.jpg&hash=e57218d84d168bae327c32c2a4e845f6) (http://s3.photobucket.com/user/prosty41/media/las%20vegas/6E18C4C1-A9DF-4C75-AAD2-92FB31B21552.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: rdhammah on Nov 06, 2016, 09:34 AM
WOW! you added like 20+ pounds!
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Nov 06, 2016, 09:46 AM
I did. But, the sled is really big and when I put gear in it, it's too heavy to pull by hand even without the smitty. So, the sled is only mobile when pulled by wheeler. I choose sturdy over light due to the initial weight.
Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 06, 2016, 09:53 AM
Long day of making my otter xl into a smitty. It's a tank but it turned out good. Still have to finish the auger caddy but maybe my design will give others ideas.

If you are planning on using a machine to pull that you are all set for the most part.. If pulling by hand, I would want the skis to be a lot longer if you get snow. The longer the ski, the easier it is to pull even on bare ice, longer skis also float the load on top of snow better.

The best Smitty ski IMO has at least these two things, around 6ft, and light colored, dark skis always melt in and can get stuck if you let it freeze back up..

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: Ice Scratcher on Nov 06, 2016, 09:56 AM
IMO the point where people go wrong is placing cross member supports way to close to the tips of the skis.  If there is too much weight forward, they can't do what they're supposed to properly. 

I wrote about the same thing in this thread..

http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=290154.msg3034778#msg3034778

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Title: Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
Post by: prosty41 on Nov 06, 2016, 10:30 AM
If you are planning on using a machine to pull that you are all set for the most part.. If pulling by hand, I would want the skis to be a lot longer if you get snow. The longer the ski, the easier it is to pull even on bare ice, longer skis