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Step 2: Soaking.


I have found that pre-soaking the slats in water for 2-3 days greatly increases your success rate while bending.

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<p>I am looking for a pipe similar to what you used here, but wondering if a piece of sona-tube would work? They are pretty rugged, but wondering it the wood bend would be too much for them....??.... any thoughts?</p>
I built one. I used brass hardware and glued the slats on to the cross pieces. I made a jig from mdf and pine because I couldn't find sewer pipe. I followed the rest of this plan and the toboggan came out great. I finished with three coats of real (not urethane) spar varnish. Once it dried (takes over 24 hrs power coat) I waxed the bottom with hot snowboard wax and an iron. It is by far the fastest and longest runner on the hill! Super easy to pull the kids around on too!<br>
Awesome! It has been a lot of fun for our family as well.<br><br>Stay Safe!
<p>This is fantastic and my son and I would like to follow in your footsteps. Does the grain of the wood matter for bending?</p>
Cool. I need to do a project on this <br>
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&quot; and one 12&quot; 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 &quot;skewed&quot;.
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&quot; or 12&quot; plastic sewer pipe for the jig/mold.
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.<br><br>I used a 10&quot; pipe to make this one, but have also used 6 and 8&quot; pipes to make toboggans. (10&quot; works best)<br><br><br>Enjoy building it.<br><br>
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&quot; and one 12&quot; 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 &quot;skewed&quot;.
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. :)
good idea, except you might get sued by the kids parent, though still very, VERY funny, man
ROTFLOL : ) | : D | ; P
Shouldn't the slates be glued together after being shaped ?<br>Or did I miss something ?<br><br>Great Inst' anyway.<br><br>Happy New Year !&hellip;
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.
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! <br>
very nice !!!!!!
Nice! All ready for winter!
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.
Wowsa! Great first Instructable! Featured!
Thank you, I really enjoy the instructables website.

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