|Project by johnzo||posted 01-28-2014 07:22 PM||1365 views||9 times favorited||9 comments|
A neighbor asked me if I wanted a pair of old downhill skis for my grandkids. At first I refused, but then I remembered seeing a picture of a high tech sled somewhere and gratefully accepted the offer. The sled I saw used what looked to me like shortened snow skis under a lightweight aluminum and vinyl deck.
I didn’t have the metal forming skills to make that design, but I couldn’t see why I couldn’t approximate the sled using mainly scrap plywood. The pictures show the results. The steering proved to be the most difficult aspect of the project. The skis pivot at the back of the sled and are turned by pushing the ‘handles’ of a triangular yoke.
I tested the sled yesterday at a local hill. The parents and kids at the hill probably thought This old (73) guy must be crazy, but I mounted the sled in a sitting position and pushed off. I was amazed how fast it slid down the hill – way past where the kids ended up in their plastic shell sleds. After I pulled the sled up to the top, two of the kids wanted to try it out. They sat on it one behind the other. I pushed them off and they sailed down the hill even further than I did.
I called my 2 grandkids after I got back and told them I have a surprise for them.
-- 70 is the new 50!