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Project by Manitario posted 12-14-2017 03:19 AM 1011 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this toboggan for a friend’s kids. Was originally going to make a few toboggans this winter but after making this one, I think that my other friends will have to wait until next year.

Steam bent 1/4 ash around MDF forms after soaking the kiln dried ash for a few days in water. The ash bent really nicely and didn’t end up with any cracks or splits. Did the traditional way of attaching the rope with leather loops rather than drilling holes through the cross members.

It’ll be interesting to see the long term durability of this; each ash slat is attached to each crossmember by two screws; this kind of breaks the cardinal rule in woodworking of allowing for wood movement. Will be interesting to see how wood movement affects this.

I was concerned that 1/4” thick ash wouldn’t be thick enough, but it is surprisingly strong.

Finished with 3 coats of Minwax “Tung” oil and paste wax.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 12-14-2017 04:01 AM

Super job on the toboggan. Keeping with traditional will give it more value. Makes me want to go out in the snow.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 12-14-2017 04:22 AM

Very Nice! Think I got some Ash out in the shop, sure the Grangirls would love one of these! What was the finished length?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Manitario

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#3 posted 12-14-2017 04:29 AM

Andre, I think about 5’. If I remember correctly, I used 6’ boards and bent them around a 12” curve. It’s a fun project to make.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 12-14-2017 04:38 AM

Very Nice Indeed! Well Done Manitario!

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 12-14-2017 02:46 PM

This piece is nice work and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#6 posted 12-14-2017 03:30 PM

Brings back a few memories…

Pretty thing, but it will get a lot of abuse in a hurry. Don’t know much about making these things, but it looks great!!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Manitario

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#7 posted 12-14-2017 04:00 PM

Thanks guys!
Jim; had a toboggan as a kid that was probably a big-box store purchase by my parents. Must have been built better in those days as it survived years of use and abuse. Terrible memories of dragging it through snowdrifts in -30 weather to deliver newspapers…Hope that this one lasts as long!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#8 posted 12-14-2017 04:02 PM

You are winning at life. I love it!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Softshell

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#9 posted 12-14-2017 04:13 PM

Nice job. Looks fun. Here’s to you getting some snow soon!

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#10 posted 12-14-2017 07:53 PM

nice toboggan! Its been snowing here on the south shore of Georgian Bay all week. I assume you have lots if snow in the Sault.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Manitario

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#11 posted 12-14-2017 10:09 PM

We had zero snow on Dec 5 and then it snowed 22” in total over 6 days. So plenty of snow for a toboggan!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#12 posted 12-15-2017 04:54 AM

Simply beautiful and efficient. This must go rocket fast down the hill.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 12-15-2017 03:47 PM

I don’t think we owned a toboggan, but there was always one available. I remember hauling things in them as well. Seems to me my explorer post used them to haul the logs we cut down for pulp wood to make money for the post. I also vaguely remember hauling winter camping equipment with them as well. And, of course, the wild down hill rides.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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htl

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#14 posted 12-15-2017 03:51 PM

Could a used one of these last week but here in Alabama you better get in the snow and play cause the next day it’s gone. Thank you very much!!! Great project!!!

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#15 posted 12-15-2017 07:49 PM

Nice looking toboggan!
Would be fun if I lived where there was snow … wait … that’s why I moved here …. no snow!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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