DIY Wooden Sled – An Inexpensive Bobsled

DIY Wooden Sled - A Bobsled of Simple Construction Using Ordinary Barrel Staves for the Runners
A Bobsled of Simple Construction Using Ordinary Barrel Staves for the Runners

Any boy who can drive a nail and bore a hole can have a bobsled on short notice.
The materials necessary are:

  • four good, solid barrel staves;
  • four blocks of wood, 4 in. long, 4 in. wide, and 2 in. thick;
  • two pieces, 12 in. long, 4 in. wide, and 1 in. thick;
  • one piece, 12 in. long, 2 in. wide, and 1-3/4 in. thick; and
  • a good board, 4 ft. long, 12 in. wide, and 1 in. thick.

The crosspieces and knees are made with the blocks and the 1-in. pieces, 12 in. long, as shown; to which the staves are nailed for runners.

One of these pieces with the runners is fastened to one end of the board, the other is attached with a bolt in the center.

The 1-3/4 by 2-in. piece, 12 in. long, is fastened across the top of the board at the front end. A rope fastened to the knees of the front runners provides a means of steering the sled.

The sled can be quickly made, and it will serve the purpose well when an expensive one cannot be had.

—Contributed by H. J. Blacklidge, San Rafael, Cal.

Excerpt from the book:
The Boy Mechanic – BOOK 2 – 1000 THINGS FOR BOYS TO DO
Published, 1915
Various Authors

Read more

Woodburytype – History of the Woodburytype &... Woodburytype - History of the Woodburytype - Invention of Photography 3,34 min video created by George Eastman House. Woodburytypes are distinguish...
What is Air Made of? – composition of air fo... About one-fifth of the air is oxygen. Human beings and other animals would not be able to survive without oxygen.When we breathe, our lungs take ...
HOW DOES WIND POWER WORK? The wind has been a source of energy for thousands of years. Before the development of the steam engine, most ships relied on wind power to fill their...
SOUND ENERGY DEFINITION FOR KIDS Have you ever heard a jet airplane when it is getting ready to take off? The noise that the plane makes is sometimes so loud that you cannot hear any ...
Close Menu