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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1740 on: Nov 10, 2018, 06:17 PM »
I will be building S.S. #1 and 2 week of Thanksgiving.  Picking up the skis and lumber this week. Hardware at the ready.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1741 on: Nov 10, 2018, 08:12 PM »
Any reason for 4 skis over 2?

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1742 on: Nov 10, 2018, 09:04 PM »
Yeah. I want the front skis to turn like a wagon instead of scraping on the ice. Don't know if it'll work like I plan. But I'm going to try.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1743 on: Nov 10, 2018, 09:07 PM »
Ah gotcha:)

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1744 on: Nov 11, 2018, 03:24 AM »
Yeah. I want the front skis to turn like a wagon instead of scraping on the ice. Don't know if it'll work like I plan. But I'm going to try.

Hmmm....interesting. I kinda like the idea. Let us know how it works out.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1745 on: Nov 11, 2018, 03:35 AM »
Love my Smitty Sled!

Do any of you hot wax your skis? If not, I highly recommend giving it a try! The wax iron is $50 (twice what the sled cost to build) but after using it once I know I made the right choice. If you're near Wind Lake WI and want to try it without dropping the $50 on the iron, shoot me a PM.

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I was thinking if I were in a spot where pulling it over sand, gravel, asphalt, etc., I would wait until I got onto some snow or ice before putting my sled onto the Smitty. It might help a little bit anyway.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1746 on: Nov 11, 2018, 06:19 AM »
pullling a loaded smitty or any type of sled or shanty on anything but ice or snow, is a b***h if you're pulling by hand. cleared parking lots especially.Almost like trying to push a chain. seen lots of vids about kids and dogs pulling loaded sleds out on the lake, but no vids in the parking lot. I use one, but lots of times I dump it from the truck as close to where I access the river or lake I'm going to fish, and leave it there when I come back before I get the truck. Lots of smittys with wheels for a reason.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1747 on: Nov 11, 2018, 03:50 PM »
All this talk about Smitty Sleds convinced me to make one. $6 for skis at Goodwill and $3 for hardware I didn't have. Everything else was sitting in my garage. Can't wait to see if they are worth the hype. ;D




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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1748 on: Nov 11, 2018, 03:56 PM »
All this talk about Smitty Sleds convinced me to make one. $6 for skis at Goodwill and $3 for hardware I didn't have. Everything else was sitting in my garage. Can't wait to see if they are worth the hype. ;D


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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1749 on: Nov 11, 2018, 05:29 PM »
Got the hardware a few days ago...picked up lumber today...getting 2 pair of skis Tuesday for me and a buddy...putting them together week of Thanksgiving.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1750 on: Nov 12, 2018, 05:30 AM »
Nice work Double_J. It look beautiful. You won't regret making it for sure.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1751 on: Nov 12, 2018, 06:59 AM »
just make sure that rope is about 16 feet long. you want to be about 8 feet ahead of it when pulling.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1752 on: Nov 12, 2018, 08:10 AM »
at least, even more is better.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1753 on: Nov 15, 2018, 12:17 PM »
Anyone ever spray rhino lining/truck bed liner on their cross braces where the sled sits? Does it help prevent  the sled from sliding around?

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1754 on: Nov 15, 2018, 12:24 PM »
Anyone ever spray rhino lining/truck bed liner on their cross braces where the sled sits? Does it help prevent  the sled from sliding around?

No...but I think I'm about to missoula. ;)
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1755 on: Nov 15, 2018, 12:30 PM »
me too LOL:). I cut a bunch of little cleats last night and glued them on and today they will all get sprayed.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1756 on: Nov 15, 2018, 12:35 PM »
me too LOL:)

In fact, my buddy has some roof felt I'm going to lay down first then spray that, won't soak up the bed liner spray as much as the wood. And you know what else missoula? You're not just another pretty face...YOU'RE A FRIGGIN' GENIUS!!! :bow: :roflmao:
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1757 on: Nov 15, 2018, 12:36 PM »
My son made this for me. Certainly helped in dragging out all the gear I do onto Chautauqua Lake, NY






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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1758 on: Nov 15, 2018, 12:44 PM »

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1759 on: Nov 15, 2018, 03:07 PM »
No...but I think I'm about to missoula. ;)

Didn't know missoula was a verb!! I assumed it was a desert!!
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1760 on: Nov 15, 2018, 03:16 PM »
Didn't know missoula was a verb!! I assumed it was a desert!!

You've been around long enough SC to know there are all kinds of new words to learn here on IC...especially adjectives.   :o :roflmao:
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1761 on: Nov 15, 2018, 03:22 PM »
I'm cool with either 😂😂

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1762 on: Nov 15, 2018, 05:15 PM »
"Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice."
 

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1763 on: Nov 17, 2018, 06:31 AM »
In fact, my buddy has some roof felt I'm going to lay down first then spray that, won't soak up the bed liner spray as much as the wood. And you know what else missoula? You're not just another pretty face...YOU'RE A FRIGGIN' GENIUS!!! :bow: :roflmao:
missoula I double that thought.


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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1764 on: Nov 17, 2018, 04:30 PM »

Here is the rough build of my new sled.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1765 on: Nov 17, 2018, 06:09 PM »
Pretty slick.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1766 on: Nov 17, 2018, 10:51 PM »
Rhino lining seems to decrease the sliding around a fair amount..


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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1767 on: Nov 18, 2018, 04:57 AM »
Jbird - You took it to another level! Well done.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1768 on: Nov 18, 2018, 01:09 PM »
has anyone tried doing away with hardware/pins to hold crossbars at their joints to the risers and just cut the wood to hold its self?

stand the crossbars so the skinny end faces up/down. cut out the crossbar half way near the end so it sits on top of the risers that are cut the same depth as the remaining crossbar sections. the straps to hold the cargo would make sure the joints don't come apart along with the weight. if the joints are too sloppy you could glue more wood on the inside of risers at the joints.

thinking how they used to do things before metal came to be.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"
« Reply #1769 on: Nov 20, 2018, 08:22 PM »
Looking for some ideas on using skis attached to the sides of a shanty tub which could be lowered or swung to the outside of the tub when you stop to set up. Skis would also be easy to remove when transporting in a vehicle. Already have a smitty but my son has an Evo II and its heavy as hell. Something along the lines of the lake runner style.
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