Kitchen Chair Mounted on Runners Makes Sled for Ice Racing Thrills (Feb, 1933)

Kitchen Chair Mounted on Runners Makes Sled for Ice Racing Thrills

YOU haven’t exhausted all the possibilities of sled construction till you’ve made this little gadget. It’s nothing more than a chair mounted on a pair of runners, but the fun it provides is endless. First lay hands on a pair of old sled runners and secure to them, in the position shown, the strap iron braces. To these are bolted the chair, which may be of the kitchen variety. On the stern of the runners nail a pair of blocks. This permits the ice gondolier to do a little riding himself when he gets tired of pushing you around. It will be a good idea to brace the chair firmly with wires, since it has to take an excessive amount of punishment. It is best to use as heavy an old chair as possible, and the bracing wires can be tightened by a tourniquet arrangement for twisting them together. The bracing principle is the same as that of airplane wings.—Chet Sullivan.

  1. Tim Giachetti says: February 23, 20084:40 am

    Looks like Johnny Knoxville was beaten to the punch line. Nice to see people were pretty much insane back then too. lol

  2. Al Bear says: February 23, 20088:44 am


  3. Mike Brisendine says: February 23, 20089:14 am

    Does look like a disaster waiting to happen.

  4. Stannous says: February 23, 20089:51 am

    A top-heavy device made out of mom’s dining room chair, sliding across the ice? C’mon, what could possibly go wrong?

  5. Rick Auricchio says: February 23, 20081:24 pm

    Looking at that chair, the first time you hit the leading edge of a bump, you’d snap the back right off while pushing.

  6. Viking says: February 23, 20082:56 pm

    That is a homebuilt kicksled!…

  7. Donna Doherty says: April 30, 20099:33 pm

    We had one of these when I was growing up! I loved it! My house was on a hilly street and we would go right down the street after a snowstorm and the streets were plowed but not sanded. It was a blast and I don’t remember anyone ever getting hurt and I was the youngest of 6 children and we were really spread out. Must have been a miracle because there wasn’t much in the way of steering besides leaning your weight. It was still in great working condition when I went off to college. I wish I knew what happened to it!

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