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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #340 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




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #341 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.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #342 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.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #343 on: Nov 21, 2011, 04:56 PM »
Nice JOB BusDriver. Do you have any closer shots. Fish On!

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #344 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)


Sled 2. For lightweight running and gunning



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.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #345 on: Nov 21, 2011, 05:23 PM »
Love it Homemade my man ;D
Great looking sled !!


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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #346 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.


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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #347 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)


Sled 2. For lightweight running and gunning



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.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #348 on: Nov 21, 2011, 07:29 PM »

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

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #349 on: Nov 22, 2011, 05:04 PM »
Thank's Busdriver. Fish On.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #350 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.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #351 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.






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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #352 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.

 

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #353 on: Nov 22, 2011, 08:13 PM »
anything on XC skiis for taction should have no effect on moving forward

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #354 on: Nov 22, 2011, 10:22 PM »
love it i am making one like this now

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #355 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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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #356 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.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #357 on: Nov 25, 2011, 02:25 PM »
Everyone's doing a great job! Keep it up! Smitty




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #358 on: Nov 25, 2011, 03:23 PM »
is this the longest running thread, or what! Nice going, Smitty!. awesome!

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #359 on: Dec 06, 2011, 07:22 PM »
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