Human Powered Sled - Boat-o-Sled

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Introduction: Human Powered Sled - Boat-o-Sled

About: I love to make DIY projects with my son

I've made something which has no name. It could be called boato-o-sled because it allows to drive a sled powered by human by rowing like rowing a boat.
The project is really easy and very fast in built. It took me.. I don't know something like 1 hour to built and film all together.

Why to built something like it ? 1. for fun 2. for fun :) 3. to make Your wife said: 'what a stupid idea' ;-) 4. to go on sled without anyone 5. to use sled as a boat - e.g. as a gym activity

Supplies:

- wood thick enough to hold the weight

- old sled

-drill

- screws

Step 1: Sled

You need old sled for he project. It could be both - metal or wooden - it doesn't meter. What is important the sled need to have wide enough construction which allow to drill them.

Step 2: Arms,holders,pushers

You need few pieces of wood to make arms, hand holders and hm.. pushers for the rear.
The dimensions depends on the sled You will use, but in my case it was:

2 pieces for hand holders - 60cm

2 pieces for the rear pushers - 90 cm (the longest)

2 pieces for the rear pusher pushers - 80 cm, althoguh later i shortened them to 50 cm

2 pieces for connecting rear pusher pushers with the hand holders - 30 cm

Note: The rear pushers (those which push the sled from the road) cann not by mounted to high from the bottom of the sled. If the pivot will be too high, You won't move, but You will push up Your sled with You on them).

Step 3: Connections

In fact connecting the wooden parts are real easy. Just drill a holes for junctions and put the screws there and that's all.


Note: I make the wood which will move near the ground a little bit rounder than rectangular by cutting the edges with the hand saw.

Step 4: Improvements & the End

I added the iron rods at the end of the pushers, to have a better grip. I recommend that.
I think that my construction is just basic idea which could be improved a lot e.g. I think that the angles could be better.

And that's all. Now Your kid (or even You) can row his own sled :)

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    17 Comments

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    cool_dude676
    cool_dude676

    Question 10 hours ago

    That's awesome. I wonder how fast it can go.

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    IdeasDispenser
    IdeasDispenser

    4 days ago

    That looks good, and I also have a ramp on my street. It would work well if I had the supplies etc.

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    clark5113
    clark5113

    13 days ago

    Well, that is certainly novel.

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    7857625957
    7857625957

    14 days ago

    mind blown

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    ttbennett11
    ttbennett11

    Reply 14 days ago

    Should market that as a winter outdoor trainer for rowers.

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    Dannlh
    Dannlh

    14 days ago

    Looks like the kids have fun! Nice project!

    Now ask them how they can use a motor driving a wheel to do the rowing for them! (Hint put a peg on the wheel and attach it to the arm) good way to get them thinking about how to turn circular motion into linear motion.

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    woodenProjects
    woodenProjects

    Reply 14 days ago

    Hm.. adding motor isn't the good idea. My wife will not only say it's stupid but also dangerous ;-)

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    bmohr
    bmohr

    14 days ago

    I think this is ingenious. Good way for kids to get exercise too! On a personal note I like that you do projects to benefit and amuse your children.

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    cjraabe
    cjraabe

    14 days ago

    I want one. But it look a little awkward for my not-so-coordinated body, so I'm hoping someone will take you up on improvements. Anyway, your wife is wrong!

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    24Hz
    24Hz

    14 days ago

    This is by far the funniest instructable I have seen in years!!! :D :D :D

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    Aarav G
    Aarav G

    17 days ago

    Wish someone gifted that to me! 😆

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    woodenProjects
    woodenProjects

    Reply 17 days ago

    be careful what YOu wish ;-) it's a exausting excersise to row a boat... I mean row a sled ;-)

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    18 days ago

    Oh that is fantastic! It looks so weird and so fun. :D

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    woodenProjects
    woodenProjects

    Reply 18 days ago

    Thank You:)
    And it is easy to make ;)