How to Build PVC Pipe Snowshoes

PVC Pipe Showshoes
PVC Pipe Showshoes
Even though snowshoes are readily available in most sporting goods stores, many people enjoy making their own for a variety of reasons. Some believe it connects them to those who came before them, while others simply feel it's a fun and inexpensive project to take on when the weather gets bad. Keep in mind that making your own PVC pipe snowshoes is a challenging task that requires a specially made jig.

Instructions

Difficulty: Challenging
Things You'll Need:
  • One piece of schedule 80 PVC pipe (3/4 by 10 feet) 1/3 yard of nylon Jig 50 feet of nylon or polyester chord 3 quarts of sand Camp stove Metal funnel Leather gloves Old rag
  • One piece of schedule 80 PVC pipe (3/4 by 10 feet)
  • 1/3 yard of nylon
  • Jig
  • 50 feet of nylon or polyester chord
  • 3 quarts of sand
  • Camp stove
  • Metal funnel
  • Leather gloves
  • Old rag
Step 1

Heat up 3 quarts of sand to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit using the camp stove.

Step 2

Put on your leather gloves and insert the funnel tip into the PVC end. Pour about a quart of heated sand through the pipe; this preheats it.

Step 3

Stop up one end of the pipe with an old rag and then pour the rest of the heated sand into that pipe. After about a minute of holding the sand, the pipe will be pliable enough to bend into shape.

Step 4

Drain the sand out of the pipe and bend the pipe into the jig. (See the Resources section for how to make the jig.)

Step 5

Once the PVC form is cool, drill a 3/16-inch hole 2 inches from the back end, making sure to go all the way through. This is for the longest bolt that will be used for the assembly.

Step 6

Drill the remaining holes inside the pipe frame. Do not drill all the way through both sides of the pipe. The remaining drilling goes as follows:
Drill a set of 1/4-inch holes about 5 inches from the front radius and then cut the rod to 9 1/4 inches.
Drill a set of 5/16-inch holes about 8 1/2 inches back from the second drilling. This rod should be about 8 7/8 inches long.
Drill a fourth set of 5/16-inch holes 7 inches further, which should make an 8 1/2-inch long rod.
Drill a fourth set of 5/16-inch holes 8 inches back from the previous drilling, which should make a 7 3/4 inch rod.

Step 7

Cut nylon about 27 3/4 inches long. The base should be about a ¼ inch narrower than the inside of the pipe frame. It should also be about 7 inches wide in the front and 6 inches wide at the bend located in the back.

Step 8

Cut a taper in the rear off at 2 inches wide and punch a series of 1/8-inch holes about 1 1/2 inches away from each other all around the nylon base.

Step 9

Put the nylon in place under the snowshoe frame and lash the nylon cord through the nylon base's holes, looping around the PVC snowshoe frame. You have now made one snowshoe base and frame, not the boot. You will need to double the amounts to make the set.

Resources
Joseph Eitel has written for a variety of respected online publications since 2006 including the Developer Shed Network and Huddle.net. He is also a health-conscious individual who researches and writes about diet, nutrition and exercise. Eitel's health blog, PromoteHealth.info, has become an authority in the healthy-living niche. He graduated from Kellogg Community College in 2010 with an Associate of Applied Science.
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