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The whole of England was blanketed with snow and living right by Hampstead Heath I jumped onto the opportunity to go sledging, after I'd finished all of my work for the day.

I didn't want to fork out on a new one, but I wanted something a little more substantial than a dinner tray. So I decided to build one.

Fortunately I stumbled across a wooden palette resting against a skip next door.

Tools required:
> Saw
> Claw hammer
> Chisel
> Sledgehammer
> Nails (I reused the nails from the palette)

Step 1: Separating the palette

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Saw the three struts that hold all of the top boards.

Separating the wood is quite difficult, as the nails are usually quite long and wood is quite soft.

I used the chisel and sledgehammer to separate the wood and then used the hammer to leverage them away.

You'll now have a platform for the sledge.

Separate three boards, to be used as the rails.
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c-235 years ago
I've made a palette sledge myself last summer by simply screwing some old ski's to the bottom and knocking of the middle ground beam (don't know the exact word for it) And I've added an old chair seat for comfort.
lilrou15 c-234 years ago
Leosmama c-235 years ago
Another fab idea! Thank you!! Maybe some cushions to soften any impacts... :-)

Great instructable by the way - we just got good snow in Belgium and more forecast for the weekend. Now I just need to borrow a saw,  and get my hands on a palette...


btw - who cares what it's called.
xd12c5 years ago
If you are willing to sacrifice a little hill time, sanding the runners (or rails) and waxing them with parafin should help :)
ZeroError xd12c5 years ago
I was always under the impression paraffin slowed sleds down!?
xd12c ZeroError5 years ago
I dunno, never tried it personally, but I know you have to wax skis & snowboards. I just picked parrafin because it is an easy wax to get.
eriq9 xd12c5 years ago
One more thing...I think they call kerosene paraffin there!!! Here we go again XD
stiffey (author)  xd12c5 years ago
Good idea. Maybe even some sort of metalic rail, like a strip of window blind
xd12c stiffey5 years ago
If you go to a building supply store (like Home Depot here in the states), you can ask for some flashing. It would work perfectly & no need for waxing.
whiteoakart5 years ago
So here it is!  Our pallet is a much lighter version than the nice sturdy one you have.  However, that did make it easier to dissemble. I found a days worth of horse poop fills three of these 20 gal. totes.  The rope is a leftover piece of electric fence braided rope.  After using it today, I am planning on making a better handle on the rope and adding some raised edges to the sides so my totes don't slide off as i go up and down the hills.  I waxed the runners with beeswax, which worked great.
Update: I made side rails by ripping down the leftover pallet wood on the table saw to one inch strips.  These I nailed to the edges of the sledge.  For a handle, I cut an 8" piece of 3/4" PVC.  After heating it carefully with a propane torch, I bent it to a slight arc and slipped it over the rope.

The horses were very curious about it.
whiteoakart5 years ago
I was just trying to think of a way to make a simple sledge to drag around the horse pasture whilst removing the daily stockpile of 2011 vintage compost.  I even have a couple of pallets lying around.  Thanks for the jump start, grahambob!
David A
Lextone5 years ago
 WOW...Would be perfect for hauling Ice fishing gear!!!! 
grimdaddy5 years ago
Sledge?  Don't you mean sled?
I was wondering the same thing... looked at the link, so now I'm interested.  Is that a specific type of sled, or a colloquialism perhaps?
A sledge as in sledge hammer as in big hammer at least in the US in Canada or the UK maybe something else . LOL
stiffey (author)  randomray5 years ago
That's interesting! Here we call it a Sled Hammer
Now , if you're not just pulling my leg that's funny . I can definitely see it as a lot of our words are slightly different and some just used differently . Like we generally call a spanner a wrench . So I can see a sled and a sledge being the same word .
History of the Sledge Hammer...
In earlier days of ship-building, ship hulls were built in a dry-dock as they are now, then slid into the water after it was put together.  The hulls rested on wooden "sledges" that allowed them to slide into the water when the time was right.  These sledges were held in place by wooden pins/rods which required a large, heavy hammer to remove. Guess what this hammer later became known as... 

:-D Yes, I is uber-geekz
Ok . Finally some good information.  Next time I go sledding and some one shows up with a sledge, I am gonna get out of the way. I don't need any ships running into me!
Yes , yes uber geek and I read wikipedia yesterday also yet as they did not cite a single source I did not repeat it . It does sound correct based on my time reseaching other old tools and traditional wood working . You made a start , yet I think you are going to have to work a little harder to get an uber status on tools . chuckle ...
tfcm grimdaddy5 years ago
Isn't sled American & sledge the UK word for it?  Thingy you sit on that slides down a hill fast on snow, anyway!  ;)
stiffey (author)  grimdaddy5 years ago
Oswald25 years ago
i believe the word you are looking for is sleigh, or sled. I think you would find it rather hard going down a hill sitting on a type of hammer (sledge).
I'm from the west coast of Scotland and a sled or sleigh is commonly referred to as a sledge. I think a sledge hammer is used to knock a sledge under a heavy object in order to move it. (this is just a story I've been told so I'd be grateful if anyone can confirm or dismiss this).
=SMART=5 years ago
"I attached an ethernet cable, to help pull it around"

HAHAHA that is so geeky and so awesome.
Rope ? Nah ill use the internet.
I too was about to post a comment about the ethernet cable!!
millwright5 years ago
Excellent idea,may make one tomorrow,as i cant find any sledes anywhere.
Also just like to say that i once made a gang plank for my narrowboat out of two pallets.i dont know why i didnyt think of a sledge.
xaraxania5 years ago
try using candle wax to 'grease' the runners maybe start out by heating the wax and painting it onto the wood so it really really soaks in the liquid wax
 We've actually got a good amount of snow here right now and I really wish I had a pallet!
go ask around. Manufacturers, stores and other businesses use pallets of various kinds. Make sure you ask for wood pallets. An this looks like the kind with 6-9 block supports instead of three 2x4 stringers.
bullzebub5 years ago
sweet and pretty easy rebuild! :-)
personally i would just remove the center support of the pallet. use that parts for making the curved front part of the ski and then nail some plastic under. it would not sink as much in the snow that way.
n0ukf bullzebub5 years ago
The center ski may be needed for support if the deck gives too much flex (too wide and/or too-thin cross-slats)
I live in canada-that kind of snow can be expected from november to march (yes, march, its happened for a few years in a row).
If your able to find it (and you have no regard for your safety) Teflon makes an excellent covering for your rails. My friend had a sled(ge) for hauling wood where he coated the rails with Teflon (don't ask me where he got it). It was basically two 2x4's connected by a piece of plywood. That sucker was the fastest thing I have ever ridden down a hill!
dgml5 years ago
What a coincidence, I've got an old wooden sledge I'm thinking of making a palette out of :-)
mohnjanning5 years ago
 wow, is that a hill-full of sledders?  I wish that happened around here.  Nice, work.  Next, add a mast and a sail.
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