Author Topic: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"  (Read 329630 times)

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #60 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




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #61 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




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #62 on: Feb 07, 2009, 11:09 PM »
After this thaw I may use water skis! >:(
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #63 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.
       

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #64 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.

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Thanks again for the great idea!

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #65 on: Feb 15, 2009, 06:20 PM »
Looks great Grush! Smitty




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #66 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


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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #67 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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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #68 on: Feb 16, 2009, 08:36 PM »
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #69 on: Feb 16, 2009, 08:37 PM »
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #70 on: Feb 17, 2009, 10:11 AM »
Very nice Zoo! Smitty




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #71 on: Feb 18, 2009, 08:08 AM »
These look Great!
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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!
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #72 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




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #73 on: Feb 18, 2009, 10:51 AM »
Very sharp sleds !!


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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #74 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.
       

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #75 on: Feb 18, 2009, 04:56 PM »
Nice sled!!!  There's been a few times I've wished I had something like that!!! :o

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #76 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




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #77 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.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #78 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.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #79 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

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #80 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.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #81 on: Feb 26, 2009, 10:41 AM »
Neat!

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #82 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 :)




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #83 on: Feb 27, 2009, 03:06 PM »
Nice sleds!
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #84 on: Feb 27, 2009, 07:19 PM »

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





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



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



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



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




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #85 on: Feb 28, 2009, 09:34 AM »
Awsome sled iceline! Smitty




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #86 on: Mar 01, 2009, 09:36 AM »
Had the sled working again yesterday....

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #87 on: Mar 01, 2009, 03:53 PM »
Here is a picture of mine...working great!
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #88 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




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #89 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.  :(

 



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