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We've built well over a hundred pairs of this style of snowshoes since 1997 in Troop 1051 and Explorer Post 123. Other Troops in Loveland and Fort Collins have used our patterns to make dozens more.
They are durable - I have used mine on over 30 campouts and they are still in great shape.
Four steps are done ahead of time:
Materials ListExcel Spreadsheet | PDF
FramesThe frames are made of 3/4 inch schedule40 PVC pipe.
The basic process we use to bend the pipe is:
For safety, we don't have Scouts involved in this step. Adults bend the frames ahead of time.
Materials and equipment list for frame bending.
Here's some instructions for building the jig used for bending the frames. (3.5 MB pdf file)
Jig Plan: Overview picture
Foot and Heel PlatesYou will need a metal shop to cut, punch, and bend the sheet aluminum foot and heel pieces.
We have used aluminum as thin at .08" up to about .12".
Here's the pattern. (When you print, don't scale this pdf!)
DeckingWe cut the decking pieces from 4' by 8' sheets of HDPE (high-density polyethylene), available from a plastics supply company.
We have tried cutting the decking with heavy duty scissors and tin snips, but it works much better to use a router with a template. Even better is to have them cut by a die-cut company.
Here's an image of the decking and a full-sized deck plan, contributed by Jeff Plank.
Steel RodsScouts can cut their own rods with a hacksaw and smooth the ends with a file, but it is a slow process. We usually have an adult cut the rods with a metal cut-off saw and smooth the ends on a grindstone ahead of time.
Assembly DayMost 12 year-olds can stay on task and complete all the steps (with plenty of adult guidance) in about 4 hours.
We arrive 30-45 minutes ahead of our start time to set up the various workstations (you'll want lots of worktables).
This list of the assembly stations lists the steps to be performed and the necessary materials and tools for each one.
When everyone has arrived, we walk them around to the various stations, explaining the key points of each. (Here's an outline of our briefing - use in conjunction with the list of stations above.)
Pictures of the StepsHere's a zip file of pictures of the various assembly steps: SnowshoePics.zip
Questions?I've been getting lots of questions over the past couple years, so finally pulled the answers together in one place. Check out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) (Added December 1, 2011)
Last Updated Friday, 20-Dec-2013 19:36:03 CST