Here’s a project that’s as sure to be a big hit for a child or grandchild this Christmas as it is to be passed on to the next generation, and the next, and next. This classic sled will brighten any child’s Winter blues, then double as a plant stand when “Old Man Winter” packs it in for the season. We’ve purposely made the shapes simple so it will be easy for you to duplicate them – or to modify them to a style you like better, if you prefer.

Start by drawing your patterns onto a piece of high quality 3/4″ marine plywood (without voids). Be sure to draw two identical side pieces (B) and two identical runners (C).

Use your Table Saw to cut all pieces to size, then switch to a Dado set-up and cut:

  • …the 3/4″ wide x 3/8″ deep rabbets along the bottom edges of the sides (B)
  • …the 3/4″ wide x 3/8″ dadoes at the backs of the sides to accept the back
  • …the 3/4″ wide x 3/8″ deep rabbets along the top edges of the sides to accept the seat.

Switch to your bandsaw to cut out the shaped edges on the Sides (B), Runners (C) and Back (D). Use your Drum Sander to smooth the shaped edges prior to assembly.

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Drill holes for the 1″ dia. rope bar (E) and the 1-1/2″ x #8 flathead wood screws that hold the aluminum glides to the bottom of the plywood runners.

ASeat12 x 24
BSides (2)7 x 18
CRunners (2)8 x 36
DBack10-1/4 x 12-3/4
ERope Bar1″ dowel, 12-3/4 long
(2)Aluminum Glides 1/8″ x 3/4″ wide by (approx) 40″ long

Assemble with waterproof, two-part resorcinol glue and wood screws. Stain or paint to your preference, then apply a clear coat. NOTE: If painting, be sure to apply a coat of sealer prior to paint application.

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