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Old 12-18-2014, 09:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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No I haven't made one so sorry if you were looking for pictures.

But I am in the process of making one and was wondering if anyone else has made one to see how it worked and what things I may need to change.
It's basically a homemade sled 3 foot wide x 5 ft long x 1.5 ft high at the front and 2 ft high at the back. The back has a slight tilt forward of 6 inches from top to bottom, front is curved. The top has a solid cover split down the middle, attached with hinges along the sides. The hinge allows the top pieces to fold flat against the sides if a cover is not needed. Trying to make it all out of scrap tin sheeting to make it light and easy to pull except for the sides which will be plywood, lumber frame. It is long enough for an auger, bucket, cam, chair etc. Once out on the ice and the gear is removed the whole sled can be flipped up with the front to the sky and the back now flat on the ice. Because there is a tilt on the back the sled is angled to its top. The Top cover becomes two wings that extend the shack out 4 ft on either side to support it making a three sided wind shelter, just enough room to setup a chair.

Idea is I'll have a nice sled to pull my gear and if its windy I can quickly flip it up and get out of the wind.

Any suggestions would be appreciated before I get into it.
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Forgot to mention it will be a rope/ pull sled. Thinking of using a 12 foot rope to give me about 6 ft pull. Once the sled is upright a bungee cord will be connected to the rope and extended out infront of the shelter anchored by my auger to give it more stability. Again, just using something that will be lying around anyway.
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Hi,
I haven't made one of these yet. Still thinking about possible improvements but the basic design is good. I really like his reversed hinging system and quick straps. It is pretty elegant, 1 man operation and super fast set up/take down. Not sure of the weight but as it is a wood skeleton and foam sides/top it can't be too bad.


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Devo how did your shack build turn out??
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I bought an eskimo 6120i which I thought would just be for bigger groups but its actually light enough to carry on. I had a sled with my gear, including auger, camera, etc. and then carried the tent on my back no problem, this was up/down hill on Rock Lake. It pops up/ down in seconds, much faster then a 9416 and rarely do I need to put anchors, the wind doesn't seem to hit it like a square shelter. As I mentioned I have a camera and it makes a huge difference being inside to block the sun.
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