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jbird68

2nd Smitty Sled Build

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I built a Smitty Sled years ago and it worked great. But I had issues with it dragging on the snow and ice when trying to change directions. So I went and built a new sled that uses 2 sets of skis where the front skis would turn and help steer the sled. It is a rough build and I still plan on paining it. But I gave it a trial run and it seems to work pretty well. The only thing I think I will had is a stiffener board across the front of the plywood so the weight of my sled doesn't cause it to flex and rub on my cross member and a couple bungees connecting teh front ski supports to the rear ski supports so it doesn't over steer and tracks a little straighter.

 

I made a video and posted it to youtube.

 

Smitty Sled #2

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Nice build! Are you using a simple caster as the turning assembly? How do you mount the skiis? I've drilled up from the bottom but have always wondered if there is a mounting style with less drag

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Brackets mounted to the skis are countersunk for a 1/4-20 flat head cap screw. The turning assembly is just a 5/8" bolt. I found some PVC flanges at the local hardwae store that had a nice slip fit over the bolt. I have one in the cross board and one in the plywood with a washer in between. I can take more photos to show the detail.

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Did you have any problem with the cutoff end of the skis? Unprotected wood getting wet? 

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I know nothing about the types of skis. I got the K2 skis for free from a guy on facebook. I got the front skis at a church sale for $3. They are kids skis. Also got a pair of cross country skis. My sons wants to make a smaller shed for the accessory sled he pulls. 

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haven't had a chance to really try it out yet. But we just got 9 inches of snow today. 

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