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I am currently building a bent wood toboggan. I will take you through the steps to successfully make an toboggan out of ash.

Step 1: Cutting the slats

Picture of Cutting the slats
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After selecting straight grained 8/4 Ash, I crosscut the piece to 72" long (Longer if you want a longer toboggan.

Then, using a thin kerf blade on the table saw, rip the slats to 5/16" thick.

Cut 8-10 slats(I used 7, but cut extra in case of breaking during bending!), depending on how wide you want your toboggan to be.
 
E. TimothyU9 months ago

This is fantastic and my son and I would like to follow in your footsteps. Does the grain of the wood matter for bending?

Thnxcya2 years ago
Cool. I need to do a project on this
bschless2 years ago
I just finished building two toboggans (pix included below). Couple of comments...I used very green white oak (sap still running out a knot!) for the slats (couldn't find ash). I used one 10" and one 12" plastic sewer pipe for the molds. 1 hour of steaming. I never got the amount of bend I would have liked (at least 180 degrees would have been fine and 270 would have been great!) because I didn't properly secure the slats in the molds when I started bending. Also, make sure each slat is parallel to the previous one (and perpendicular to the mold) or the tobog will be "skewed".
gabes_us3 years ago
Great instructable, just what I was looking for. I am thinking of trying to make a toboggon for my children and have a couple of questions if you don't mind. Did you use kiln or air dried wood and what is the diameter of the PVC pipe used in the jig? Thanks.
Definitely use green wood. Go to your local water department and ask them for pieces of 10" or 12" plastic sewer pipe for the jig/mold.
Koubiac (author)  gabes_us3 years ago
I used kiln dried, although everyone tells me you shouldn't. I soaked the wood for a week in a garbage can full of water before steaming.

I used a 10" pipe to make this one, but have also used 6 and 8" pipes to make toboggans. (10" works best)


Enjoy building it.

bschless2 years ago
I just finished building two toboggans (pix included below). Couple of comments...I used very green white oak (sap still running out a knot!) for the slats (couldn't find ash). I used one 10" and one 12" plastic sewer pipe for the molds. 1 hour of steaming. I never got the amount of bend I would have liked (at least 180 degrees would have been fine and 270 would have been great!) because I didn't properly secure the slats in the molds when I started bending. Also, make sure each slat is parallel to the previous one (and perpendicular to the mold) or the tobog will be "skewed".
tobogganist3 years ago
If you're looking for hills to test out those toboggans, you can check out http://tobogganhills.com/ for a map of local hills, and also add hills to the map for others to locate and enjoy. :)
TimmyMiller3 years ago
good idea, except you might get sued by the kids parent, though still very, VERY funny, man
TimmyMiller3 years ago
ROTFLOL : ) | : D | ; P
vincent75203 years ago
Shouldn't the slates be glued together after being shaped ?
Or did I miss something ?

Great Inst' anyway.

Happy New Year !…
roboguy3 years ago
This is a gorgeous build! One comment, though. I would suggest that you shorten your carriage bolts a little and use acorn nuts instead. That way, you won't have those sharp bolt threads exposed to cut up your mitts or skin on a cold day.
Koubiac (author)  roboguy3 years ago
I have cut an polished them off since making the instructable. Good tip about the acorn nuts, I'll do that for the next one I make!
putipa3 years ago
very nice !!!!!!
nsnip3 years ago
Nice! All ready for winter!
friger3 years ago
Great Job, I really liked how you used the water pipe for a form, this was a brilliant idea. Considering a wooden toboggan sells for over $100.00 Canadian, and they are not very well made at that price I would think you easily have a $200.00 product there.
zazenergy3 years ago
Wowsa! Great first Instructable! Featured!
Koubiac (author)  zazenergy3 years ago
Thank you, I really enjoy the instructables website.