How to make a sleigh for a horse?
When there is a horse on the farm, sleds are practically necessary. You can buy them, but if you want, you can do it on your own. In making the sleigh, the most difficult thing is to make skids, and it's worth starting with them. For them, a stainless steel pipe of at least 40 mm in diameter is required. Blanks for runners should be slightly longer than the intended skids. Pipes will need to be bent using a special bender for this.
If there is no a pipe bender:
You can fill the pipe with sand, heat and gradually bend. It is necessary to try to bend the runners equally and bend not only their front part, but also the rear. This is necessary for the sleigh to go and back. In order for them to be stable, a strip of metal can be welded to the runners. Then the skids will better contact with the surface and become much more stable.
Further it is necessary to weld to the skid runners. It is necessary to proceed from the dimensions of the sled itself and from what dimensions cargoes will be transported. For light loads, you can do with two or three racks, if the loads are bulky, then the racks need to be positioned every twenty centimeters. In order to make racks, you should use a pipe made of stainless steel with a diameter of 25 cm. The racks can be made not only from stainless steel, they can be made of wood and fastened by means of elbows, which must be welded to runners. Racks should be fixed with cross bars to create a sleigh frame.
If you still have a pipe bender:
It is best to bend the pipes in the form of "P" and immediately weld them to the surface of the runners. In order for the structure to have rigidity and strength, one tube should be welded to the top of our runners. From the pipe it is necessary to make six mares per side.
The length of the fillets may be about ten centimeters. After the runners are ready, all seams should be put in order by stripping, priming and dyeing. Next, we begin to make the remaining parts, which should be as easy as possible.
Of the boards you need to make a bench and a shield, and the sides can be made from plywood. If it is supposed to transport people in a sleigh, it is desirable for them to make special soft seats.
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