Introduction: DIY Snowshoes
For this instructable you will need:
- 2 x pieces of 3/4 plywood - cut to a 12" x 24" (I only had 3/4" plywood, you could use something thinner).
- Drill & 3/8" bit
- Saw: reciprocal, jig, circular, or Dremel
- String basic nylon, so long as it is strong (2 x 4' pieces)
- Simple knot ability
Step 1: Make Your Template and Cut
First, I needed a template, I went with a modified rectangle. I had a sheet of foam board from one of my sons last projects, but one could easily use a sheet of newspaper or wing it. I choose a template size of 12" x 24" that seemed large enough for me. I weight approx 230lbs so I figured this would distribute my weight better than my size 14 boot. The notches are all 3" from their respective edges.
I traced the template onto the plywood and cut. I used a reciprocal saw, but a jig, circular saw or even a Dremel would have been sufficient.
Step 2: Drill Holes for Rope
This step was an approximation. I actually drilled 8 holes this turned out to be 4 to many. The position of the holes will be a preference.
I positioned the first pair of holes just below the start of my first lace on both sides of the shoe.
I positioned the second set of holes approx 1/2 inch in front of my arch.
Step 3: Bindings
This is the interesting part for me since I'm always trying to learn how to make anything more than a simple knot, even if sometimes that's all you need.
I placed my shoe in the first loop, and set two simple knots to lock that fit in place.
For the next set of knots I used a simple knot on one end, and another knot that will catch on the first knot, giving a snug fit.
Step 4: Finish Shoes
I hope you enjoy getting out in the snow. I'll try and post a video.