As I was surfing the pinterest wave this weekend I happened upon fynes designs and her amazing vintage sled. I have always wanted a vintage sled and I have hunted for years but just like fynes designs said if you want to pay $100-$300 you can have one. Seeing how that doesn’t quite fit in my budget I wanted to have one without the price tag that was attached. I was amazed at how easy her tutorial was to make your own and for only $10. I had already capped off my Christmas projects list because I have so many things that I want to make but how could I pass up making this darling vintage sled? I needed to have one! The vintage sled was then moved to the top of my project to do list now I just needed to get the wood for it. If you know me I am cheap and I hate spending money on wood and there are plenty of places I can get for FREE by my home. So instead of buying the wood I had noticed a wood crate that had been sitting by the side of my neighbors home for a little while. I asked my neighbors if she had plans for the create or if I could have it for a craft project. Thank goodness they were more that willing to part with it. My sweet husband brought it over to our house and I got to work tearing apart the crate. I printed off fynes designs template and the instructions then traced and cut out all of the wood pieces. Some how in my haste of making the sled I goofed up and instead of cutting the skis straight on the back end, I curved them like the front. I didn’t notice this until it was time for assembly and it was too late then. My vintage sled has it’s own little twist.
After all the pieces were cut I followed her design and painted my sled pieces red and brown. I had such a hard time waiting for my sled pieces to dry! Next up was assembling the sled. We used liquid nails and a brad nailer to put the sleds together. I had a metal piece of gutter strapping that I cut down to use as a decorative piece on the front of the sled. the last thing I did was drill two holes to attach a rope pull for the vintage sleds. Yes, I ended up making 2 of them. I knew Avry would want one even thought she has a real vintage sled!
Over all this was actually a very simple wood project and I would rate my own skill level at a beginner to middle wood craftsman. It took me about 45 minutes to cut apart the crate and cut out all of the pieces for 2 sleds using a skill saw. Painting and assembling the sled was about another 30 minutes with dry time in between. This was a great Saturday afternoon project! Will you jump in and create you own vintage sled too?
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