26 thoughts on “Epic Sledding on the DIY Snow Sled (4/4)

  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    I know it's only early September, but my mind is already working on idea for this coming winter. If anyone has any idea on things I should try I'd love to hear them!

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Searched around and landed here, I just came back from our annual sled trip in Waterville, PA. We have had issues with sleds. We generally use a 66" plastic toboggan sled made by Emsco they work the best for store bought but we shatter most by the end of the weekend. This year we started with 10 sleds and zero came out undamaged, Our mountain run is 1.2 miles of snow and ice with a couple of sharp turns. There are usually some injuries, this year we lucked out with only a jammed finger and some broken ribs. Oak trees don't move out of the way, I was going to try a build with just wood what are your thoughts? can a wood sled hold up?

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    super cool, but the music is god awful.

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Nice work, those Chinese shocks are rated for around 300 lbs each, if you could find softer springs that would smooth out the ride. Also snowmobile ski's have rubber under the mount to increase resistance the more the ski tips and stops it from flopping over completely, and gussets, you need lots of gussets, rivet them all in place.

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Your editing skills are on point. Excellent work.

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Nice work, but man why do people like this kind of bland 80's electronic music???

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Сани суперские!

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    That thing is gorgeous!

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    I hope this wouls be on winter Olympics

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Need to add a stableizer bar

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    I'm not sure what is more impressive this sled or the videography. Well done!

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    You're on to something great, but it is not easy. That sled is like F1.

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    totally inspirational to watch all 4 vids!

    patent it dude…. with a few mods and further refinements (longer/wider skis, through bolts , longer decks, leaf vs spring suspensions etc) it'll be world class with multiple applications
    1. a more efficient dog sled
    2. expedition sled that actually allows sleeping OFF the snow
    3. safer sledding with control
    Hey good Luck!! just awesomeness

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Also, could the added top weight from your backpack be the thing that makes the sled try to toss you?

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Yep, solid! thank you for sharing!

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Why not move the steering mechanism upside down that way you wont get hook onto anything. great design thanks for sharing !

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Your Instructable was very nicely done, and I love your various video source edits, but the most ass kicking part of the whole for me has to be the old school appeal of the kamikaze in ya. I grew up in S.W. PA riding runner sleds into trees, "cricks", and barbed wire fences, back when kids weren't all precious little orchids, before the pussies began to rule the world. You sir have restored my faith in mankind's future in general, and Millenials specifically. Nothin' says I wanna die like hurtling down a snow covered mountain at 35 mph on an experimental sled. Head first makes it all the better. 🙂 Concept was genius and I immediately started having flashbacks of double wishbone F1 racers, but your basic frame components had me expecting an epic fail due to their lighter thicknesses. Glad I was wrong! Kudos to your Dad too btw, or whoever it was that took the time to teach you all of those valuable skills. Great ad for why we need more shop class and less diversity training in school, but I digress. All great, so consider my suggestions mental floss and not a critique.

    Maybe epoxy a wider, hardened attachment point for skis to suspension points. Guessing that and frame thickness at stress points are possible material fails over time. Shocks are genius. I first thought of maybe larger, longer travel to smooth it out even more, but given the speeds you were traveling I'm thinking that may have proven catastrophic to your control. Cherry wood is nice, and certainly pretty, but maybe some fir, ash, or a lamination would give better weight to strength and flexibility, although that too might be a detriment to handling (thinking car handling and too much flex in a frame). We built something similar in scouts many moons ago for a Klondike Derby thing where us scouts were the sled dogs. As you can imagine anytime we hit a snowy downhill the sled would over-run the scout/dogs, so we later took it home and ran it down hills with jumps near the bottom 'til it completely disintegrated. Ya got me thinking of a long travel suspension version for doing that again. Imagine a jumping variant that you sit up on (long as you're amused by tempting death). Ah to be young and immortal. 😉 Our sled jumps were epic, and the ultimate fun, until the parents got together and dismantled it over some silliness about too many broken bones or something. Pretty amazing how much air you could get on even a short downhill run. 🙂

    Random thought; what about maybe cutting the skis down and adapting or fabricating something like the steering skis from a snow mobile? Maybe adjustable camber on rear ski set with parallel links and suspension, but then use the snow machine skis to steer. The rear parallel links might help maintain a consistent lateral attitude during rebound and dampening to aid tracking stability while the separate steering skis could be given limited but more aggressive steering angles? Also might want to think about strapping crampons to you boot insteps for that "Oh Shit!" moment when you discover that the steering idea stopped working at 35 mph.

    Okay, last bit of mental gymnastics, how about a centipede inspired design where the front, middle and rear are all individual sections that are somehow linked to provide the four wheel steering effect. Probably kill ya at higher speeds, but seems it would certainly be more responsive. That and/or use a thinner section steering ski in front with its own tunable caster and camber, specifically to get more edge control.

    Fantastic project! Thanks again, loved it all! You and your Dad need to build a CNC and a buy a welder. I have high hopes for your future. 🙂

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Sweet!! Caught this vid on instructables. Really nice work.

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Very Nicely Edited and filmed, a great video!

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Dude. the cinematography is so good. It definitely shows that you put in the extra work to make the video fun to watch rather than just a couple clips of you going down a hill. Awesome!!!

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    what if you put a seat on it and steer with your legs and negative camber couldbe useful because if you start to tip the wideness of the ski will stop it. just an idea tho

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Too Cool!!!! Hope you've applied for a patent, this has serious production potential.

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    my teacher showed me this 😀

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    THIS IS AMAZING

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    hi ima subscibe

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