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Project by johnzo posted 178 days ago 1048 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!





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BillJ_Portland

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#1 posted 178 days ago

Your grand kids will love it!
Looks a lot like the one my good friend I I built years ago using old skis bolted to folding bleacher seats.
Steering was done by threading rope through the ski tips; pull and lean to desired direction

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A.Scott

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#2 posted 178 days ago

That looks like a great build and a great idea.
Now how do they pivot at the back of the sled? I think I understand the triangular yoke you have in the front. I ask because this would be a great gift for my son in a couple of years.

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49er

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#3 posted 178 days ago

Nice project. I have grandkids and old skis too. I may do this. But I can’t see how the steering works?

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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Radu

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#4 posted 178 days ago

This is awesome. I wish I had one like this when I was a kid.

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rachet62

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#5 posted 178 days ago

Love this project. I’ve been wanting to do this myself as I have a pair of old skis. My question though, how do you bolt down the project to the ski? Do you countersink through the ski for the bolt head; use round head, square, etc. Can you describe how to make the steering mechanism work ?

Thanks much—beautiful present for the kids.
Rachet

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johnzo

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#6 posted 178 days ago

To pivot the skis at the back I simply drilled a countersunk hole for a screw thru both skis and into a hardwood cleat that runs the length of both sides of the sled at the bottom. What doesn’t show very well is that there is a 45 degree slot in the steering yoke on both sides. This slot acts on a bolt that is mounted in the center of a 1 1/4” length of hardwood dowel screwed into each ski. Pushing on the yoke handles steers the skis.

-- 70 is the new 50!

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#7 posted 178 days ago

Way cool. Great solution on the steering, I never could get that quite right

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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rachet62

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#8 posted 177 days ago

Thanks johnzo—will be giving this a try ifn it ever gets a bit warmer out!
Wonder how this project would work in over 2 feet of snow…

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 172 days ago

Cool and fun project. I’m sure the kids were thrilled to play with it. Great design and great job!

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