By Dan Beard
Top of Ammunition Sled.
[Note: at the time this was written, barrels were as plentiful as cardboard
boxes are now. In place of barrel staves, try using old skis. Old
pairs of skis, or single skis can be found for free, or almost no cost.]
To make the sled, begin by knocking the barrel apart, being careful not to
split the head-boards, as they will be needed afterward. Pick out the four
best staves, as nearly alike in breadth and curve as can be found, and saw two
or three of the other staves in halves. Take two of the four staves first
selected and nail the half staves across, as shown in Fig. 166/ These must
be mailed upon the convex, or outside of the staves; this will be found
impossible unless there is something solid under the point where the nail is to
be driven, otherwise the spring of the stave, when struck, will throw the nail
out, and your fingers will probably receive the blow from the hammer. To
avoid this, place a block, or anything that is firm, under the point where the
nail is to be driven, and there will then be found no difficulty in driving the
When this is done you will have the top of your sled as shown in Fig.
166; on this you will need a box or bed to hold the snowballs; this you
can make of two pieces of pine board and two staves, thus: Take a board about
the same width as, or a little wider than, a barrel-stave; saw off two pieces
equal in length to the width of the sled; set them upon their edges, reversing
the top of the sled; place it across the two boards and nail it on
securely, Then take two staves and nail them on for side boards, and you
have the top portion of your sled finished.
The two staves remaining of the four first selected are for runners.
Fit on first one the then the other to the staves of the top. Nail-holes
will probably be found near the ends of the staves where the nails were that
held the barrel-head in; through these drive nails to fasten your runners;
to do this you must rest them upon some support, as was done before; this will
hold your sled together, but to make it stronger take four wedge-shaped blocks
of wood and slide them in between the runners and the top, as shown in Fig. 167,
and nail these firmly in place from above and below.
Ammunition Sled Finished
If all this has been properly done, you now have made a sled which it will be
almost impossible to break; and, with a rope to pull by, one boy can haul
snowballs enough for a dozen companions.