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Sled works as well as it plays

| Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009

Every kid knows how exhilarating it is to race downhill in the snow, but for grown-ups a sled can be as practical as it is fun. This do-it-yourself version is perfect for hauling groceries, firewood or even tired youngsters through the snow, and it still has plenty of zip for your favorite hill.

The classic design features hardwood construction (birch and walnut as pictured, but other species also work well) and a removable seat to make room for kids or cargo. Brass hardware is used throughout to eliminate the problem of corrosion.

Easy enough for almost any woodworker, most of the sled's pieces are traced from full-size traceable patterns. To build, simply trace the pieces onto wood, cut out and sand. Next, assemble everything using brass screws, washers and epoxy glue. To finish, apply sealer and varnish, attach a pull rope and wax the runners. Patterns for the snowflake designs are included, or you can personalize the sled with your own design.

The finished project measures 40 inches long by 15 inches wide.

The Sled plan, No. 795, is $9.95 and includes full-size traceable patterns, complete step-by-step directions with 14 photos, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.

For fun on the go after the snow, a package of three pedal car plans, No. C143, is $22.95 and includes plans for a pedal-powered dump truck, fire truck and police car. Please include $4.00 for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o (insert name of publication here), 3800 Oceanic Dr., Ste. 107, Oceanside, CA 92056. To order by credit card, or to request a free catalog, call 1-800-828-2453. Visit U-Bild online .

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