How to Make a Sledge Out of Wooden Palette

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The whole of England was blanketed with snow and living right by Hampstead Heath I jumped onto the opportunity to go sledging, after I'd finished all of my work for the day.

I didn't want to fork out on a new one, but I wanted something a little more substantial than a dinner tray. So I decided to build one.

Fortunately I stumbled across a wooden palette resting against a skip next door.

Tools required:
> Saw
> Claw hammer
> Chisel
> Sledgehammer
> Nails (I reused the nails from the palette)

Step 1: Separating the Palette

Saw the three struts that hold all of the top boards.

Separating the wood is quite difficult, as the nails are usually quite long and wood is quite soft.

I used the chisel and sledgehammer to separate the wood and then used the hammer to leverage them away.

You'll now have a platform for the sledge.

Separate three boards, to be used as the rails.

Step 2: Curving the Rails

On each of the rails, simply saw at an angle at one end to form a curve.

I'll add a better photo later

Step 3: Putting It All Together

Line up the rails on the underside and nail them to the platform.

I attached an ethernet cable, to help pull it around

I'll add a better photo later

Step 4: There You Go

And there you go. Simple, cheap, effective and fast!

Step 5: Improvements

If I'd had a bit more time to spend on it, I would have:
> made the platform narrower. It would have reduced the resistance when sledging
> smoothed out the rails more
> coated the rails in a finish

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    c-23

    8 years ago on Step 5

    I've made a palette sledge myself last summer by simply screwing some old ski's to the bottom and knocking of the middle ground beam (don't know the exact word for it) And I've added an old chair seat for comfort.

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    Leosmamac-23

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Another fab idea! Thank you!! Maybe some cushions to soften any impacts... :-)

    Great instructable by the way - we just got good snow in Belgium and more forecast for the weekend. Now I just need to borrow a saw,  and get my hands on a palette...

    Yasmin

    btw - who cares what it's called.

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    xd12c

    8 years ago on Step 4

    If you are willing to sacrifice a little hill time, sanding the runners (or rails) and waxing them with parafin should help :)

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    ZeroErrorxd12c

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 4

    I was always under the impression paraffin slowed sleds down!?

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    xd12cZeroError

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 4

    I dunno, never tried it personally, but I know you have to wax skis & snowboards. I just picked parrafin because it is an easy wax to get.

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    eriq9xd12c

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    One more thing...I think they call kerosene paraffin there!!! Here we go again XD

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    stiffeyxd12c

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Good idea. Maybe even some sort of metalic rail, like a strip of window blind

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    xd12cstiffey

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 4

    If you go to a building supply store (like Home Depot here in the states), you can ask for some flashing. It would work perfectly & no need for waxing.

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    whiteoakart

    8 years ago on Introduction

    So here it is!  Our pallet is a much lighter version than the nice sturdy one you have.  However, that did make it easier to dissemble. I found a days worth of horse poop fills three of these 20 gal. totes.  The rope is a leftover piece of electric fence braided rope.  After using it today, I am planning on making a better handle on the rope and adding some raised edges to the sides so my totes don't slide off as i go up and down the hills.  I waxed the runners with beeswax, which worked great.

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    Update: I made side rails by ripping down the leftover pallet wood on the table saw to one inch strips.  These I nailed to the edges of the sledge.  For a handle, I cut an 8" piece of 3/4" PVC.  After heating it carefully with a propane torch, I bent it to a slight arc and slipped it over the rope.

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    whiteoakart

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I was just trying to think of a way to make a simple sledge to drag around the horse pasture whilst removing the daily stockpile of 2011 vintage compost.  I even have a couple of pallets lying around.  Thanks for the jump start, grahambob!
    David A

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    Lextone

    8 years ago on Introduction

     WOW...Would be perfect for hauling Ice fishing gear!!!! 

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    jongscxgrimdaddy

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I was wondering the same thing... looked at the link, so now I'm interested.  Is that a specific type of sled, or a colloquialism perhaps?

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    randomrayjongscx

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    A sledge as in sledge hammer as in big hammer at least in the US in Canada or the UK maybe something else . LOL