Step 3: The Deck

I love the design of the old school traditional sleds I grew up with that have the metal runners and the Deck that looks fast even when it is not moving. I wanted to use this type of design on my sled. I laid out the three deck boards on the floor and using painters tape masked off the tips until I found the design that I liked the best and a couple of quick cuts on the miter saw made it happen.

I cut the cross members from the 1 ½” x ½” x 48” oak using the deck boards to determine the width I needed. I wanted to give it a retro boat feel so I used mostly brass screws and on the deck added brass finishing washers. This not only gave it an aesthetic that I wanted but since the deck was only ¼” I did not want to countersink the screws. With the finishing washers you get the effect of countersinking without having to weaken the already thin wood. I only screwed in the front and back cross members as I thought it would look too busy with another line of screws. I still placed a cross member under the middle for strength. It is attached to the riser but not the deck.
It is starting to look like a sled!


very nicely done.
CONGRATULATION! This was a REAL winner. I love the look on your God Daughters face.....priceless!
Thank you! She is Priceless that is what motivates me...
Congrats on the win, you earned!
Thank you Instructables &amp; Judges and most of all the Voters for selecting my very first Instructable to be the Grand Prize winner in the Holiday Gift Contest! It is an honor! <br> <br>New Instructables will be coming soon!
I attached the runners with carriage bolts, rounded heads towards the snow.
I built one of these from my own similar design when my granddaughter was 1. She is 9 now and we used it in the snow last winter. <br> <br>Those metal runner guards are a necessity even when not used in the city. We lived in the country and I mostly pulled her around the farm, but she wanted to ride the sled so much that the snow, in the very cold, &quot;icey&quot; snow ate the red oak runners. Icey snow acts like a million very sharp minute pieces of glass. I used strips of stainless and they have held up really well. <br> <br>This is a really beautiful piece of work and your god daughter and her parents will thank you for years to come when it is time to go sledding. <br> <br>By the way, last winter when we were sledding I used the sled and my 208, old, pounds felt great sliding down those hills. Thanks for the instructables.
Love your design method! Nice to know the interweb doesn't contain ALL human knowledge, and now it contains a little more. Nicely done, very professional. Craftsmanship lives!
Well done! I love this sled!
Excellent design and build; she's a lucky little girl! We just found out we'll be grandparents for the first time this July; I'm favoriting this so I can come back to it &amp; build it this summer.<br><br>Just a safety suggestion: I'd replace the bolts &amp; wingnuts holding the aluminum runners with shorter bolts, and nylon insert locking cap nuts. Granted, they'd be tougher to remove to change the runners, but the exposed bolts &amp; wing nuts might be kinda painful to fall onto!
Thanks for the kind words... <br><br>The metal runners were a bit of an after thought so I did not put a lot of thinking into it at the time.. but ones on the front do have short bolts and are under the support ropes and for the ones on the back I did not have the right length of bolt but I situated them under the overhang of the seat so I am not too worried that she can fall om them. I will see how the runners hold up over the season and will take your suggestion and replace the bolts when I do my end of season cleanup on the sled. <br><br>Also that would be a good time for me to do phase two...<br><br>When I was building the seat it reminded me of a small cottage deck chair.. I am thinking I may build a little seat bottom so that they can reuse it in the summer as an outdoor lounge chair for the little lady! Basically convert it to an Adirondack chair (or here in Ontario Canada as we call it - a Muskoka chair)

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