A “Smitty Sled” is a term often used to refer to a type of sled or sled-like device used for various purposes, such as transporting gear or materials in outdoor settings. While there isn’t a specific standard design for a Smitty Sled, you can make a basic sled for outdoor use using some common materials and tools. Here’s a simple guide to make a basic Smitty Sled:
Materials You’ll Need:
- Plywood or Plastic Sheet: Choose a sturdy and durable material for the sled’s base. Plywood or a thick plastic sheet works well.
- 2×4 or 2×6 Lumber: You’ll need two pieces of lumber to create the sled’s runners.
- Screws or Bolts: For attaching the runners to the base.
- Rope or Handles: To pull or carry the sled.
- Saw: To cut the wood to size.
- Drill and Bits: For making holes and attaching the runners.
- Measuring Tape and Pencil: For marking and measuring.
- Cut the Base:
- Determine the size of your sled’s base. It should be large enough to accommodate the gear or materials you intend to carry. Cut the plywood or plastic sheet to your desired dimensions using a saw.
- Create the Runners:
- Cut two pieces of 2×4 or 2×6 lumber to the desired length of the runners. These pieces will serve as the sled’s “skis.”
- Attach the Runners:
- Position the runners parallel to each other on the underside of the sled’s base, with the wide side of the lumber facing down. Make sure they run the full length of the base.
- Attach the runners to the base using screws or bolts. Space them evenly along the length of the base. This creates a raised platform for your sled.
- Add Handles or Rope:
- Attach a length of rope or handles to the front of the sled. You can drill holes near the front of the sled and thread the rope through for pulling.
- Test and Adjust:
- Test your Smitty Sled by placing items on it and pulling it to ensure it moves smoothly and can carry the load effectively. Make any necessary adjustments.
- Optional Enhancements:
- Depending on your intended use, you can add enhancements such as a rope harness for pulling, a bungee cord net to secure items, or a cushioned seat if you plan to use it as a sled for sitting.
Keep in mind that the design and features of your Smitty Sled can vary based on your specific needs. Some people use similar sleds for winter sports like sledding or hauling firewood, while others may use them for camping, hunting, or outdoor work. Adapt the design to suit your intended purpose, and ensure that it’s safe and sturdy for your intended use.