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This is a traditional style snow shoe with paracord for the webbing. My intention was to give a modern twist to classic style that almost everyone is familiar with. This instructible will be split into two groups, the first being a step by step for the frame and the second showing the basic weaving for the net.
 
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Step 1: Step 1

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First gather the following items: knife or cutting tool, hacksaw, philips screwdriver, drill with drillbit, 4 screws, 4 1in by 1in by the length from the ground to the top of your shoulder planks of oak wood, and finally 4 1in by 1in by the width of your foot plus 3in.

Step 2: Step 2

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Take your cross bars (the short wood planks) and measure 1 in then Mark a line with a sharpie, or a pencil. I used a sharpie because you can see it better than a pencil.

Step 3: Step 3

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Use the hacksaw and the knife/cutting tool to carve a dowl shape. You don't have to be perfect, just the closer you are to the center the better, any mistake can be corrected when you drill the hole later.

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Take your sharpie and Mark the letters A B C D in the spots where you want your cross beams to go. Then do the same to the corresponding ends of your cross beams. Next you trace the dowel of your cross beams on the side of the longer board. Using a drill bit the same diameter as the circle you just traced drill a hole in the side of the long board. If the cross beams don't fit file down the edges of the hole until it does fit

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Once the boards are put together, fill up your bath tub with very hot water and place your snow shoe inside the tub to soak for a couple of hours. To keep it from floating put some rocks on it to weigh it down.

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Take some spare paracord and slowly start bending the ends. Every 10 minutes tighten the rope slowly.
graydog1113 months ago

Great instructable, but how do you attach them to your boots? I live 765 miles south of you down I-35. We don't get much snow, but I would still like to make a set.

Pure Carbon (author)  graydog1113 months ago
Thank you, It's kind of hard to explain but I will take some pictures and show you how soon.
LP23 months ago

Great instructable Thanks !

4th try posting this ???

Pure Carbon (author)  LP23 months ago
Thank you!
LP23 months ago

Approximately 15 years ago I made a pair using 1/2 inch steel Electrical Conduit.

I made 2 ovals 24x12 inches then joined the ends at the outer side with a coupler.

I cut some flat material made from commercial rubber roofing membrane (shower liner might work doubled or Tough Duck work pants) with fingers long enough to pass over the conduit in multiple spots and 1/8 inch Nylon rope to tie it all together, no holes were drilled in conduit the knot I used was the half-hitch knot (It only works one way, it must get tighter when you pull in the direction of travel) the two rope ends were pulling against each other.

I adapted some 16 gage angle (big snarly teeth) for gripping teeth at the toe.

Sorry that's the best I can do. I have no picture someone borrowed them permanently years ago.

But they looked a lot like the store bought ones.

Pure Carbon (author)  LP23 months ago
I would have loved to see them. It's a real shame when people borrow things then don't return them, thanks for sharing.
Pure Carbon (author)  LP23 months ago
I would have loved to see them. It's a shame when people borrow things permanently from you, Thanks for sharing.
I MP3 months ago

I suggest using ash which is the traditional wood for snowshoe frames. You want material which is nominal 1 inch by 3/4 inch. The 3/4 dimension is the one which will be the width of the side frames and the 1 inch will be the depth.If you trim the insides of the tips at an angle you will get a better mating and a stronger union.

I believe from the pictures what you are calling a day note is a Prussic knot.

Pure Carbon (author)  I MP3 months ago
Sounds like a good idea, thank you.
pwmeek3 months ago

The knot where the paracord is tied to the frame is called a Lark's Head Knot.

Pure Carbon (author)  pwmeek3 months ago
Wow, thank you. I can tie over 50 knots and I can never remember what any of them are called.
ragsziggy3 months ago

Wow great job. My dad use to make snowshoes. I can tell you that using Para Cord is a great idea. Our Para chutes use this cord and it has very little stretch. I would suggest that you would spray the cord with varathane so the cord doesn't absorb water and become heavier while your using them. Assume Jop !!!

Pure Carbon (author)  ragsziggy3 months ago
That sounds like a good idea, thanks for the suggestion. I made these last year and only got to use them twice.this year I hope to use them more, but unfortunately we currently have no snow here in Minnesota. A good thing to try in the mean time though. Once again thank you and have a happy holidays
Pure Carbon (author)  ragsziggy3 months ago
That sounds like a good idea, thanks for the suggestion. I made these last year and only got to use them twice.this year I hope to use them more, but unfortunately we currently have no snow here in Minnesota. A good thing to try in the mean time though. Once again thank you and have a happy holidays
csauskojus4 months ago
Did you ever find out what the day knot was actually called? Having a little trouble...
mark dc4 months ago
I've heard that the paracord can stretch a little after your done and use the shoes, I like the fact it's way more durable than rawhide .have you had to retie them or had any issues?
Pure Carbon (author)  mark dc4 months ago
No issues yet, but I don't doubt that over Tim the paracord will stretch.
Gregbot4 months ago

sweet!

gduke4 months ago

Quick question, unless I missed it in the article, at what points to you place the short cross bars? Is there a percentage for placement or a measurement you used?

mobiansstech11 months ago

What A great Idea... m gonna start sharping those sticks right now... Todays task ;)

Pure Carbon (author)  mobiansstech11 months ago

cool when your done I want to see them.

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Pure Carbon (author)  jonny37981 year ago

Awesome, Will do, what kind of knife?

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jamob1 year ago
Wow this is a great idea, I'll have to make some for next winter! You try em out?
Pure Carbon (author)  jamob1 year ago

yes, I tried them out and they work great.

Wow, I didnt even see these. Too bad there is no snow in AUS =P

Pure Carbon (author)  NanoRobotGeek1 year ago

there's almost 4 feet here

Beautiful!

Pure Carbon (author)  thrifttales1 year ago

thank you very much

Awesome i finally can make a pair of wood ones thanks to you!
Pure Carbon (author)  the outdoorskid 1 year ago

in the future I was planning on making a different style, where the tip is rounded and the mesh is made of raw hide.

Great idea & excellent Instructable !! CHEERS!!

Pure Carbon (author)  Lectric Wizard1 year ago

thank you