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This is a sled I created several years ago to run our dogs. I have deconstructed the dog sled and put it back together to create an instructable for the Snow Contest. Please vote in the contest. 

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..
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Step 1: Alpha and beta sleds

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On the first one I faced the chair forward and hitched up Daisy, our very fast dog. I think she might be a Lurcher or a cull from a sled dog breeder. My kids, the crash test dummies, called it the death sled after trying it out while sitting in the chair. They were laughing and screaming so hard they wouldn’t have felt a thing. You could add another spreader bar/ footstand in to allow for a safety driver in the rear.

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

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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.

Drill driver
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
Tape measure

Step 3: Bolt the chair to the skis

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Line up the skis evenly, eyeball the center of gravity and position the chair on top of the skis in a comfortable position, center the legs on the skis. (I positioned the chair backwards so the sled driver can hold onto the arms of the chair)

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.
katieandjohn5 months ago

Very clever. My son is working on a science project for a land-based (grass or cement) dog sled that will pull 200 lb 6 ft man. Any suggestions or advise? Thanks so much!

That is really neat! We don't get much snow where I live, but do you think that it would work on a grassy hill?

jthiel21 year ago
Hi - would be great if you could email me. I´d love to use a photo of your project in a print publication. Cheers & best from Berlin, jens.thiel /at/
Very Wallis and Grommet. Nice use of doggy power. :)
adroid3 years ago
This is awesome! Any chance of posting a video of one in action. Surely it would bring smiles.
Blaaken3 years ago
try adding a spreader near the front, just behind where the tip on the skis are, then tying your rope to that, that away if your dog suddenly changes direction, the sled won't tip as easily. Plus, at the spacer that you could stand on, you could attach a board that would be on an arm of some sort, so that you could step on it to make a kind of break that would dig into the snow.
Toxictom (author) 4 years ago
Here is a link to plans for making a custom fit sled dog harness for you pup.

The site also has plans for other dog harnesses, leads and leashes.