|Project by jbschutz||posted 11-29-2012 03:47 PM||1883 views||8 times favorited||15 comments|
The Flexible Flyer......It’s that time of year when a woodworker’s fancy turns to holiday items. This is my tribute to The Flexible Flyer sled. When I was a young, every kid on the block had one or wanted one. My decorative version makes a great table centerpiece or looks good hanging on the wall or front door.
The sled is made with walnut runners and handle and maple slats on top. In the picture of three, the one on the right has bamboo slats. Two of the sleds have walnut stringing in the outside slats….makes ‘em go faster. The sled measures 16 in. long, 6.5 in. wide, and 2.5 in. high. Most of the ones I make are personalized with just a name or the name and “Flyer”. I use one-time use stencils from The Mad Stencilist in CA.
I cut the inside curved portion of the runners with a hole saw, and then connect the holes on the band saw. The hole saw diameter matches the diameter of the top roller on my bench belt sander, so it makes it easier to sand those inside corners.
The runners are glued and doweled to a pair of stretchers, and then the slats are added, glued to the stretchers. The handle is glued and doweled to the center slat. I finish with spray poly and add a decorative pull rope.
-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com