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Project by jcyphert posted 01-09-2018 11:06 PM 1175 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quarter-Sawn Red Oak Toboggan





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JimYoung

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#1 posted 01-10-2018 01:55 AM

Just it time for winter! Very nice.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#2 posted 01-10-2018 03:13 AM

Awesome! What’d you finish it with? Do you plan to actually use it or is it just for display?

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#3 posted 01-10-2018 06:36 AM

Nice, how did you do the bends? Never thought of Oak, just bought some Ash to Make one.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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jcyphert

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#4 posted 01-10-2018 11:28 AM



Awesome! What d you finish it with? Do you plan to actually use it or is it just for display?

- Jeremymcon

I put a heavy coat of linseed all over it then johnsons paste wax on the bottom to make it fly. Yes we use them. I have built 4 or 5 of them now.

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jcyphert

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#5 posted 01-10-2018 11:39 AM



Nice, how did you do the bends? Never thought of Oak, just bought some Ash to Make one.

- Andre

Ash would probably work well! Quartersawn makes a big difference during bending. Here is a photo of my “jig” for the bends. I made it big enough to do about 8 at a time but found it’s easier to just do two at a time. I leave a stick on for 5 minutes then tie it to keep it’s bend.

This is a photo of a stick pulled out of the jig, tied, then flipped. So you push it in the bottom of the tube then bend it up over the top side. This was at my old shop and had to do all the bending outside because the stick would hit the ceiling. Being a gift, of course it was christmas eve and freezing cold outside.

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#6 posted 01-10-2018 03:10 PM

Really neat!! So you just heat the wood to bend it? It’s not steam bent?

I used to cruise down my grandpa’s hill on one of these toboggans with my cousins. Brings back great memories!

You’ve got my mind churning now… this is going to my favorites…

-- Pete

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jcyphert

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#7 posted 01-10-2018 03:24 PM

I soak it in water overnight then steam only the end that needs bent. This is a photo of the original setup, now I have a wood tub box I steam them in. (sorry, no photos of that unit). If you’re thinking of building one, the longer you wait after it’s bent, the better. I would also suggest you use green (not kiln dried) wood. It’s probably one of the more enjoyable projects.

Steamer (don’t use sewage PVC like this or it will soften and melt a little)

Soaking the ends in pvc tube over night:

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#8 posted 01-12-2018 12:48 PM

Really nice work.

-- Chris K

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#9 posted 01-12-2018 03:12 PM

lot of hard work …but all worth it to see them smiles …..GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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