Building a Kick Sled: Step-by-Step Guide and Tips

Materials Needed:

4×8 feet of 2×4 or similar lumber
1×6 feet of pine or cedar board for the seat
1×2 feet of pine or cedar board for the runners
20 bolts and screws
2 pieces of 3/8 inch threaded rod
4 wheel kits
Ice pick or chisel


Drill and drill bits

Tape measure
Square or straight edge


Paint or other protective coating (optional)

Steps to Build a Kick Sled:

  1. Cut the Lumber: Using your saw, cut the 4×8 feet of lumber into two 2×4 pieces for the runners and two 2×4 pieces for the frame.
  2. Assemble the Frame: Use screws and bolts to attach the four 2×4 pieces together, forming a rectangle. Make sure the runners are flush with the bottom of the frame.
  3. Attach the Seat: Cut the 1×6 feet of pine or cedar board into two pieces that fit on top of the frame. Use screws to attach the seat to the frame.
  4. Add the Wheels: Attach the four wheel kits to the bottom of the runners using nuts and bolts. Make sure the wheels are tightened securely.
  5. Sand and Finish: Use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges or splinters. If desired, paint or apply a protective coating to protect from moisture and damage.

Tips for Building a Kick Sled:

  1. Choose High-Quality Materials: Make sure to use high-quality lumber that can withstand harsh winter weather.
  2. Use the Right Tools: Invest in the right tools, such as a saw, drill, and screwdriver, to make the process easier and more efficient.
  3. Test and Adjust: Before using your kick sled, test it out by pushing on the runners. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure it’s running smoothly.
  4. Safety First: Wear protective gear, such as gloves and a helmet, while building and using your kick sled.

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