“A sled is a pretty simple piece that can be built a million different ways, so it allows you to get creative as opposed to just following instructions.” –Matt Loftice, Recycled Brooklyn
When snowfall is heavy, nothing beats sledding. Build your own – not only will you impress yourself and basically everyone else, but you’ll have it for many winters to come. Recycled Brooklyn brother duo, Steve and Matt Loftice put their heads together to figure out how to craft one.
“The most difficult part was figuring out how to allow the sled to steer. We solved it by using lighter steel that can flex, and by bolting the front together instead of using long runs of metal,” says Matt.
If you’re ready to try to build your own sled, here’s Recycled Brooklyn’s five-step guide to building one.
Tip from Matt: “The wood we used came from beams we salvaged from an old barn in New Jersey – we milled them in our shop to get them into workable sizes.”
5 34 x 3 x 1/2 wood (deck slats)
2 40 x 2 x 1 wood (upper rails)
2 50 x 2 x 1 wood (bottom rails)
3 18 3/4 x 2 x 1 wood (deck stretchers)
2 55 x 1 x 1/8 aluminum
6 3 1/2 x 3/4 pvc tube or black tube
12 2" screws
30 1" screws
12 1/2" countersink screws (for aluminum)
Glue or Epoxy (for adhering tube)
Miter Saw or circular Saw
Drill and Drill Bits
3/4" Spade or Forstner bit
Finish for wood (polyurethane, varnish, shellac)
Wax for runners