Santa's New Sled

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 11-21-2012 03:14 AM 1433 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On Saturday, My daughter Victoria and I went to Lowes to do the little build project for children. We built a sled. I told her, “If you don’t put those sickers on it, you can paint it and give it to Grandma.” She liked the idea of giving Grandma a sled but she wanted a bigger one. I said, “I suppose we can make one.”

Don’t do that!

You might as well spend the time and do a really good one. I could have upholstered a three piece sectional and had it in the house with all the time I spent on this once a year little sled. Despite the fact that I wanted to do this quick, I couldn’t. I still did it in 1/3 the time it should have taken and it shows. Sure – it’s good enough for a craft fair but I’m not into craft fair items.

But – my daughter helped me. That is really cool. She did all the sanding, some of the cutting, some of the routing, some of the upholstery and almost all of the sanding.

All we need in Dasher, and Francer and….

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 11-21-2012 03:19 AM

sleds come and go

but time with your daughter victoria
is priceless

especially when she does the sanding


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-21-2012 03:30 AM

David, I cut up some small blocks of wood for her. They are sanded and stained. She’s going to paint ribbons on them so they can be presents. You should see how happy she is. She keeps saying MeMaw is going to cry with joy.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 11-21-2012 05:04 AM

Awsome.Now you have to fill it with presents.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 11-21-2012 05:12 AM

;) Funny you say that Ivan. My daughter just finished painting them.

Thanks for the compliment.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#5 posted 11-21-2012 10:38 AM

...way to go Dad.

Great looking Sled.

Quality time = Quality Memories

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#6 posted 11-21-2012 10:49 AM

The most important thing you accomplished was time with the kids. Grandma will also see that part in the sled itself. A cherished heirloom.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 11-21-2012 10:58 AM

Nice Sled, Mark
I know this much,
There is no better Time than Time spent with your Children in the Shop!!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#8 posted 11-21-2012 02:13 PM


I retract the comment about this sled being more work than it was worth. Every one of you has helped me understand things a little better. Because my 11 year old daughter helped me make it, the sled is perfect. It’s priceless. I’m watching my daughter right now as she arranges the little block presents around to achieve the ultimate look. She keeps talking about it. We are spending these last few minutes getting ready to go and she is excited about getting to grandma’s and presenting the sled to ring in the season.

Thanks for the comments my friends. You all guys are awesome.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 11-21-2012 03:40 PM

It is this type of project and the sharing of it with family and friends that help to make this site awesome, thank
you for adding your effort to make this worth sharing. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 11-21-2012 04:00 PM

This must be something surreal for your kid.
It is absolutely beautiful!

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#11 posted 11-21-2012 04:51 PM

That is truly a wonderful project .

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#12 posted 11-22-2012 02:05 AM

This is a priceless treasure. Your daughter will look back on this and remember the time she spent with her dad in the shop back in 2012. She did a great job on the block “presents”.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 11-22-2012 04:22 AM

Very nice project with you daughter. Real treasured time together!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 11-22-2012 06:31 AM

It always feel good when one of my boys asks if he can help. I always find something safe for them to do.

I am prety sure your you enjoyed every moment of it.

The paint job is excellent.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 11-22-2012 04:38 PM

My Friends,

Mom loves her sled. My daughter couldn’t stop smiling with joy for the longest time.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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