How to Make a Homemade Bobsled

by Leslie Renico

One of the most fun parts of living in a snowy climate during the winter months is the chance to bobsled down a hill. You don't have to use a satellite dish, as Clark Griswold did in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," though. Instead, you can take parts from an old barrel and a lumberyard and make a serviceable bobsled to take to the hill at the end of your street.

Items you will need

  • 2x6 Lumber
  • Scrap lumber
  • 2 Barrel staves
  • Tape measure
  • Saw
  • Wood screws
  • Screwdriver or power drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Coarse- and fine-grit sandpaper
  • Varnish
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Step 1

Lay the staves out as flat as you can. There should still be some curvature, but hold them as flat as possible while you measure the length. If the surface of the bottom of the staves isn't smooth, sand and varnish them to make them smoother.

Step 2

Cut the 2x6 lumber so that you have four or five pieces that are about 1/3 the length of the staves. Sand the pieces with coarse and then fine grit sandpaper to avoid getting splinters.

Step 3

Use the screwdriver or a power drill to attach these pieces to the staves, starting at one end. Make sure the staves are curving upward as they go forward. Put the wood screws through the 2x6 pieces into the staves below. The staves are the rails of the sled; the 2x6 pieces run perpendicular to them, forming the seat.

About the Author

Leslie Renico's grant-writing career began in 2006 and her grants have brought in millions of dollars for nonprofits serving the poor and providing medical care for the needy. Renico has appeared on television and her articles have appeared in various online publications. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice in 1997.

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