Building a Ranch Working Bob Sled from Scratch | Engels Coach ShopOn December 16, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Well, I’ve had a request by a rancher who wants to feed cows with a sled. So a bob sled, you can put a flat bed deck on and you can haul hay out and feed the cows with a team. So that’s what we’re gonna do here in the next few videos. Well, this same style of bob sled undercarriage can be used also for a passenger body, and I have put what what sometimes is called a wagonette body on one of these bob sleds. A wagonette being one that you enter from the rear and often has bench seats down each side and some of these carry fourteen passengers. Well, I did one back in the early eighties, and some of these pictures aren’t the best quality, because I was still shooting with 35 mm, but I built a wagonette bob sled for a man that had a team of Shires and I had a chance to go in and drive this sled for him. A number of years later I had a request from a resort dow in central Montana, and I built two of these wagonette style sleds for them also, for them to haul their guests. Well, often times when I was breaking a team I would take just the front half of a bob sled and drive it down the gravel road to kind of get them used to the noise and grinding because I was putting my teams on a mowing machine and mowing hay. Well, I had a chance to ride, or actually to drive, I mean, with the Far and Away movie in the early nineties, and so this is a picture of my black and grey team as I was riding in that movie. Well this is the style of bob sled that we’re gonna build and this is gonna be from scratch, so the next couple of videos are gonna be the process of building these sleds. Over the years I’ve rebuilt a number of old sleds and I’ve also built quite a few from scratch. So I have a set of patterns that I have become accustomed to using and that’s what I’m gonna use. I’m gonna use predominantly white ash both in the runner, bunks, and bolsters for this whole bob sled undercarriage. I think it’ll be pretty clear To begin with, I’m just gonna go through and make parts, and then when we have them all made,, wood and metal both, we’ll get into the assembly process. Well, as you can tell by now this is gonna be a two piece style runner. It’s a very common style runner and even though it looks like the tip might pull off, as we make progress you’ll see just where the strength comes from. There are a number of runners that are steam bent, all one piece, and I do have a form that I can bend one piece runners. Perhaps in the future I’ll be able to show that process too. But this style is a very common style runner and this is what I’m gonna use for this bob sled. When I’ve built other sleds in the past, when I get to making some particular iron, if i’m set up I’ll just make extra sets. This is one that I did make an extra set of these bridge irons, but I’m gonna show you still just how they’re made. Now I know a lot of blacksmiths don’t like the ring of an anvil. But I in particular do like it. so I don’t put magnets, or chains and all that I like the ring of a good anvil and these Hay Buddens are good ones. Well, we got a good start, but we’ve got a little ways to go yet. so we’ll continue on next week Once again, Thanks for watching!