I have made three of these dog sleds from stuff I was going to trash. Build time is 30-60 minutes. The sleds are featherweight, durable and will provide hours of fun..
Step 1: Alpha and Beta Sleds
I turned the chair around on the next two and found that offers much more control. You can hold the arms to stand on the spreader bar and sit on your knees up on the chair once you're cruising.
Step 2: Tools and Materials
1 old plastic lawn chair
1 pair old skis
1x2” or 1x4” piece of wood 24" long
6ea. - #10 x 2” machine screws,
6ea. - #10 nuts,
2ea. – 1.5” drywall screws
I quickly built the 1st chair just using drywall screws but they eventually broke and/or loosened.
3/8” drill bit
5/32” drill bit
Phillips head screwdriver
3/8” deep socket or wrench (or 3/8” wrench or nut driver)
Hot glue gun
Step 3: Bolt the Chair to the Skis
Use a piece of 1x2” or 1x4” as a spreader bar/ footstand for the front chair legs as they are wider than the back ones.
Bolt the chair to the skis.
Step 4: Construction
Remove the chair and finish drilling the holes through the skis
Turn the skis over and use the 3/8” bit to drill a countersink hole for the head of each bolt.
Run a machine screw through the hole, making sure it doesn’t protrude. If it does, countersink a little deeper. You will seal the holes later with hot glue.
Place the chair onto these screws. This will help align everything square.
Measure the distance between the inner edges of the skis where the legs are attached.
Align the skis parallel (using the measurement you just took) beneath the other chair legs.
Drill a hole through the wooden spreader partially into the skis. Center the holes.
Remove chair and drill the rear holes just like you did the front holes.
Use two more machine screws, washers and nuts to secure the wooden spreader bar.
Attach washers and nuts and tighten down everything with wrench
Place the chair back onto the screws once again, add washers & nuts and hand tighten snug.
Drill 5/32" holes through the chair legs and the wooden footstand/spreader bar.
Insert machine screws with washers through these holes, add other washers, nuts and tighten everything down with the 3/8" wrench.
I used drywall screws to attach another 1x2” for a bigger footstand/spreader bar. If you use a 1x4” you won’t need this piece.
Step 5: Attach a Lead Rope
Tie a rope through the slats on the back of the chair to attach a lead.
Step 6: Mush!
Attach your best canine friend and let her take you for a ride.
Give it a try. It is best to help the dog get running a bit by standing on the spreader bar and kicking. Use Fred Flintstone braking techniques to steer and stop. Once you get going it is a really fun ride.