Free plans to build a wood sleigh!
1 - 1x12 @ 3 feet long (you can use plywood here too)
1 - 1x8 @ 2 feet long (any width board or plywood could be used - just keep the widths consistent - shown in plan with 1x8 width)
1 1/4" screws or finish nails and glue will do the trick
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
2 - 1x12 @ 18" (or 2 3/4" plywood @ 18" x 11 1/4")
1 - 1x8 @ 7" (bottom)
1 - 1x8 @ 8" (longest point, cut bottom edge at 30 degrees BEVEL off square)
1 - 1x8 @ 3" (longest point, cut bottom edge at 15 degrees BEVEL off square)
NOTE: If you don't have a miter saw, these edges could be cut square - you'll never see a difference on the outside, but the insides won't match up perfectly)
Start by printing out this diagram and tracing on to your 1x12. You don't have to cut it out, you can just use a ball point pen over the paper, pressing firmly. It will leave a small indent in the wood.
Set your printer to print actual size. You can also use the PDF (above) to print from if that works better for you. If you don't have a printer, I've also included Rebecca's wood sketch at the end of this plan that you can use to draw your own sleigh pattern.
Some tips - try using a drill bit the size of your jigsaw blade to drill holes at all starting and stopping points so all you have to do is connect the dots with your jigsaw. Use clamps to hold the board down. Just go slow and pause as you go.
The main thing with a jigsaw is just to go slow, make sure that blade isn't beveling, and use the right blade. Here's a little video I put together on jigsaw cutting curved cuts:
NOTE: It may be easier to paint pieces first.
Once you get your two sides, it's easy peasy from there out. Attach bottom so it's flush to first opening on sleigh legs. You can use nails, countersunk screws or Kreg Jig - it's up to you here. If you use nails, use glue.
NOTE: For a wider sleigh, use a wider width board!
I took the sleigh side out just for demonstration purposes. Fit the back in and nail and glue in place.
And then fit the front in and nail and glue in place.
Here's the wood diagram from Rebecca if you don't have a printer. You can use Rebecca's diagram to create your own sleigh pattern. Just remember to make sure the two sides match!