Step 5: The Seat

I needed a seat for the baby but wanted the sled to be able to grow with the child and when she is old enough that we could take off the seat and convert to a “speed sled”. To do this I needed to have a bit bigger structure at the back of the seat for support (actually I ran out of narrower wood since I did not have a plan to start with!). The seat will fit over the riser and sit on the reinforcement board on the ski. Using four Bolts and Wing Nuts on the inside the seat can be easily unscrewed and removed without any tools. Large washers protect the holes from wear.

A wide board is used as the Arm support, with a narrower board cut on an angle for the backrest support. Left over cross member 1 ½” x ½” board is used to attach the two (glued and screwed) along with an additional piece horizontal for the Arm rest. Not seen in the pictures are two lengths of 1” x 1” square stock screwed in the back of the seat to act as structure and provide a surface to screw in the back boards. A left over piece of the back board is used to finish off the top of the back of the seat. A ½” dowel is drilled and glued into the upper back. This is left to stick out a few inches on either side to provide push handles and give the sled a bit of a dog sled feel for fun.
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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