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  • A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

    and a couple of three or four screws and some tephlon.

    this particular sled design has been around for only the past couple of hundred years. minus the tephlon sliders of course.

    it's designed to twist and move. when things are too tight, they break.

    i bought the 2x4 brand new. the cross pieces are made from an old mahogany interior door frame. wood is wonderful.

    the way that the sled is roped together is truly amazing. if it's looked after properly, it would last at least 20 years, maybe more.

    Vince

    this little sled is capable of 500 lbs of weight. no $h!t.

    i gave this one to my grandson. he just turned three.
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    Re: A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

    Looks intresting

    do you have close up on how to lash the rope?
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    • #3
      Re: A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

      Yea, a little more info would be nice. Would like to build one. Very nice and simple.

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      • #4
        Re: A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

        Out of curosity, what does a 2x4 cost up there?
        Buy cheap, buy twice.

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        • #5
          Re: A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

          The rope lashing has got to be just right or else you would probably get loosening along with the flexing. Very nice design and execution. Where do you get the teflon for the runners?

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          • #6
            Re: A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

            the next sled i make i'll take some more detailed pics.

            i'll see if Tammy can video me lashing it together.

            the 2x4 cost $8.00 and the tephlon runner (1/2"x 3" x 8') cost $33.00 from the lumber store. i cut the tephlon in half so i can use it for two sleds.

            the original sled (qamutik) was made from frozen fish, a caribou skin soaked in fresh water, soil, caribou antlers, seal skin rope, and ice.

            Vince

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            • #7
              Re: A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

              Originally posted by Vince the Plumber View Post
              the next sled i make i'll take some more detailed pics.

              i'll see if Tammy can video me lashing it together.

              the 2x4 cost $8.00 and the tephlon runner (1/2"x 3" x 8') cost $33.00 from the lumber store. i cut the tephlon in half so i can use it for two sleds.

              the original sled (qamutik) was made from frozen fish, a caribou skin soaked in fresh water, soil, caribou antlers, seal skin rope, and ice.

              Vince

              So you could eat your sled in pinch.

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              • #8
                Re: A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

                Very nice, Vince! Can't wait to see some more detailed pics. Flexibility is critical in a sled, and that looks like a great one! I know your Grandson will enjoy that sled for many years to come.
                I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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                • #9
                  Re: A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

                  Originally posted by EasyEman View Post
                  So you could eat your sled in pinch.
                  it's funny you say that Easy.

                  i saw old film footage of a man building the original sled and in the spring whe the sled started to thaw, him and his dogs enjoyed some arctic char.

                  Vince

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                  • #10
                    Re: A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

                    Vince, found this on the Internet. I'm really impressed by your craftmanship and willingness to share with us, thanks. I can't wait for snow
                    http://www.kudu.net/images/Copy_of_Eskimo1.gif
                    No hurry, but it will be great to see the lashing process at some point. You rock!

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                    • #11
                      Re: A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

                      That's a very cool sled! When I was a kid, dad would go to the furniture store in town and get two refrigerator boxes. He'd cut each one into four long sections - those were our sleds for the wiinter - there were eight of us. They worked great, unless you hit a sharp rock edge.
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                      • #12
                        Re: A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

                        Hi Vince the Plumber..,
                        Nice efforts.....
                        It is so simple but i think not easy to make it.Can Vince send me its related pictures?
                        Thanks in advance
                        Washington Kitchen Remodelling

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                        • #13
                          Re: A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

                          It's been a long time since Vince has posted. I think a Polar Bear maybe got him.
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                          • #14
                            Re: A little bit of wood. And a little bit of rope.

                            I hope things are OK with him,
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                            attributed to Samuel Johnson
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