Tuesday, October 31, 2017

DIY Wooden Sleigh

I bought a vintage wooden sleigh at a garage sale last year.  EVERYONE wanted me to start looking for them one and it was of course impossible to find one for them all.  Therefore, I decided I would just start building them!  Now you can build one too!

All you need is....
3, 1"x4"x8' pieces of wood
Red paint
Wood Stain
Tape Measure
Wood Glue
Nail gun or hammer and nails
Miter Saw

Start by cutting the first piece of wood directly in half and cutting the ends at a 45 degree angle for the 2 runners.
Next, cut the support braces.  Two straight pieces 13" long each.
Also, cut one more straight piece of wood 18" wrong for the top cross bar.
Prepare the top part of the sled by cutting 3 pieces of wood.  One 33" piece and Two 30" pieces.  Cute 45 degree angles on both ends of the 30" pieces in opposite directions.
Cut dog ears on all corners of the 33" piece.
Paint both of the running boards red, or whatever color you choose.
Stain all of the other pieces the same color, or paint them if you like.
Now, it's time to start assembling the sled.  Place the two runners down flat on the table and lay the 13" support beams across the top.  Secure them with wood glue and nails.  
The attach the crossbar to the top by the same method.
Lastly secure the seat of the sleigh again with wood glue and nails.  Put the longer piece in the middle and the two shorter pieces on the side.
For a nice finishing touch you can stencil on a design, attach a wreath or hang an old pair of ice skates.


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