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Marc 05-14-2010 12:20 PM

Weight sled I built
A member was asking about some easy do it yourself equipment. I built this sled basically to show that something can be built entirely out of everyday items that almost everyone has access too. After the fact I wish I would have done a simple strap setup for pulling the sled but the handle works well for some things too. I guess it depends on preference. It is a fairly simple design that could be switched aorund slightly to accomodate two spots for plates or even just a taller main center one.

Figured I would post up the sled I built today. Got a few hints from a picture I saw and I came up with htis:
Materials, roughly 30 dollars
Two 2x6
One 2x4
Two 1.5"x3' flat steel
Box of 3.5 inch coated deck screws
Package of 1.5" screws
One 1.5' diameter 6" Galvanized pipe
Floor Flange
Two 2x6 at 3'
I cut a 35 degree angle for mine, whatever works I guess.
Four 2x4 at 20"
2x6 at 20"
Mark your centers on two of the 2x4 peices and place your 20" 2x6 in the middle
Assemble with a second 2x6 on top of your frame.
Should look about like this
Cut your steel peices to length for the bottom of your runners for protection
Layout the holes and center punch them, doesnt have to be perfect I guess but Im picky
Drilled and countersunk to fit my chosen screws, attatch to bottom of runners.
Taped the rails to the side plates of the sled to keep them in place while pre drilling holes for the screws
Screws in place

Marc 05-14-2010 12:23 PM
Center up the Flange and screw it in. I also added another 20" 2x6 underneath the center frame to support the side plates but probably isnt necesary.

Ok so now comes my chosen rigging and handle setup. I spent a ridiculous 52 dollars on this junk, half of which I could have probably found in my garage but again Im very picky and I wanted this to look decent and everything match.

Two 1" coupler
Two 1" by 6" pipe
Two 1" floor flanges
Four 1/4x20 bolts, one is about an inch longer than the others, youll see why below
Four 1/4x20 nylon lock nuts
Eight 1/4" washers
Four slightly larger diameter washers, same 1/4 ID
Two sections of 10' chain, I chose some chrome 820lb load bearing, way overkill but hey it looks tough right?
Two master links
Two big I bolts with 2 nuts, 2 washers, 2 lock washers per I bolt.
Materials for the Handle.
Bolts and nuts for assembly of handle.
Something like this
I threw in some nylon spacers I had laying around just to space the chain out and make everything line up perfect, not necesary at all I guess.
I wrapped my handles in tape, the end caps are the 1" couplers which I really only added so that when you drop the handle on pavement it doesnt get all messed up.
Handle done
layout and drill the holes for the Ibolts. I chose to use two load points because I used wood for the construction of the sled. I didnt want all of the force placed on one bolt and one point on the 2x4. Probably wouldnt have mattered but hey, piece of mind right.
Self explanetary, nut, lock washer, washer, then same on other side.. Obviously measureing top of I bolt to the 2x4 to ensure they are both the same so you have even pull.
I bolts installed
Connect chain sections to your I bolts with the master links, i had to use 4 master links total since the small ones wont go over the I bolt and the big ones wont go through my chain so I had use 2 on each side like a reducer.
Done staining
Always nice to step back and admire a finished project while enjoying a yummy protein shake... Wish it was a Heineken.. :)

Not sure why I included a step by step as Im sure there are alot of home made sleds that far surpass mine but I just figured I would throw the specs in. Maybe someone will think its cool and make one someday.

nighttrain 05-14-2010 12:28 PM

gr8 job Marc, it is a very cool sled!

BendtheBar 05-14-2010 12:29 PM

Looks sweet. I built a low box for box squatting out of plywood, though my project wasn't as polished :)

MMA Max 05-14-2010 12:45 PM

You should market those man, I would buy one!

Marc 05-14-2010 12:50 PM


Originally Posted by MMA Max (Post 56169)
You should market those man, I would buy one!

Elite FTS Makes one for a good price that could be had for only 50 bucks more than it costs to make this thing and ship it, so Im thinking there wouldnt be much of a market haha It was pretty time consuming too but for someone who has some materials laying around and what not its a fun weekend project.

BendtheBar 05-14-2010 12:54 PM

I bought a new sled off Ebay a few years back and I think it was about $80 shipped, though I may be a bit off. This was a custom job, and I don't see any currently on Ebay.

Marc 05-14-2010 01:15 PM

Yea If I had a welder I would be all up for building and shipping sleds for like 75 bucks. Its really so somple to make the steel ones that I couldn't see charging any more than that. Another thing I would like to build would be the Prowlers. A friend of mine who owns the gym I train at just bought the Elite FTS E.Prowler and that thing is sweet.

onetiredkris 05-14-2010 11:40 PM

sweet sled!!! pass the heinekens, and lets pull that 'ish around

jslep 05-15-2010 12:17 AM

that sled is awesome i may build one this weekend.

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