Alpine Sled

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Project by LanternLightFarm posted 02-09-2016 02:22 AM 1077 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past Christmas was my daughters first, I wanted to make sure it was special and start a new tradition of making at least one gift for her. I had recently built a new steam box and thought that a bent wood sled would be the perfect gift. The bending frame was made out of a miscut staircase skirt and some scrap wood that was laying around the shop, a 1 gallon paint can was used to layout the loop. The runners are made by steaming and gluing 5 pieces of 1/4” x 3/4”oak.

The sled is made of Red Oak that I cut and milled here on our farm, and the walnut was cut and milled by my great-grandfather on his farm. The frame and runners are held together by mortise and tennon joints, a quick video of the final assembly process can be viewed here:

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 03:36 AM

I think it’s grand. A new tradition is started with a great first gift. I’m sure she’ll love it as she gets older.

Thanks for sharing.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 04:25 AM

That is a great sled, great first gift. I can still remember our sled we grew up with, till we found out about heavy cardboard.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 02-09-2016 11:24 AM

Beautiful sled and a good job bending the runners.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#4 posted 02-09-2016 01:49 PM

Really nice. I try and make some each Christmas for a few people. No sleds to date, though.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 02-09-2016 01:51 PM

Gorgeous sled. Very well done.

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#6 posted 02-09-2016 02:38 PM

This is beautifully done and very quaint.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 02-09-2016 03:20 PM

Very pretty and I’m sure functional sled. The traditional look sets it apart.
Good job on the runners as well. Steam bending is one of the things I miss since I quit building boats. It still amazes me what can be done with a little steam.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 02-09-2016 09:11 PM

She will treasure that for a life time. Very nice.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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