Switch to full style
Got a project that you are working on that is not a tractor? Maybe a barn to hold your tractors or just fun stuff like woodworking, glass, tools, sheds, gardens, custom implements, etc., this is the place to talk about it.
Post a reply

Making snow shoes (final pictures added)

Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:13 pm

I know some of you are wondering how to make a set of snow shoes. It helps if you have an ELMER 2 or a Hossfeld bender, but a drillpress, a jig, and a torch will also get the job done. The first step for me is cutting the steel to the perfect length, 12 inches.
Image
next is to sand off those sharp edges left from the saw
Image

ELMER 2 has a small jig installed to slide in a cut piece, then slide the pattern
piece over the top and clamp, then use a transfer punch to stamp the hole locations for the drillpress.
Image

Image
the next step is at the drillpress. The holes get drilled and corners deburred.
Image

Image
Once the holes are finished, it's off to the ELMER 2 for some bending on the turntable.
A holding jig had to be made to pull the flatstock around the center post. Notice the old wheel weight bolts :D
Image
and once the turntable reaches the mark, the first bend is finished
Image
here's three just for comparison.
Image

The next step involves the Hossfeld bender and an old cub brake drum(did I mention I don't throw anything out :D )
Image

More tomorrow after I refasten the Hossfeld to the floor, I'll post the final pics. It's been in storage for a year.

Thanks for viewing,
Rick
Last edited by Rick Prentice on Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Re: Making snow shoes

Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:43 pm

Thanks for these "how to" posts that you've posted lately, showing your manufacturing process. I have enjoyed them. It's fun to see how others do their fabrication. You are certainly a fine, innovative craftsman.

Re: Making snow shoes

Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:44 pm

Go to it Rick. YOU DA MAN

Re: Making snow shoes

Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:43 am

Wish I had some of your toys! Ed

Re: Making snow shoes

Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:35 am

Funny.... I was expecting wood and rawhide.... :shock:

Now I know the rest of the story!

Re: Making snow shoes

Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:32 pm

Buzzard Wing wrote:Funny.... I was expecting wood and rawhide.... :shock:

Now I know the rest of the story!

Thats what I thought Larry. I thought "thems gonna be heavy to lug around"

Re: Making snow shoes

Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:02 pm

:Dito:

Re: Making snow shoes

Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:48 pm

Here's the final pics of the procedure. I use a 1/2" new rivet to slide into the 3rd hole
Image
that locks onto the Hossfeld angle block. This allows me to pull the material around and the shoe will not move.
This assures each shoe comes out the same.

The next pictures shows white lithium sprayed onto the shoe that helps the block slide across the shoe. It's more to help me than help the bender. It takes a pretty good pull to bend that 3/8" flatstock.
Image

A stop clamp is placed on the Hossfeld degree wheel that assures each shoe has the same curve.
Image

you can see they come out pretty close.
Image

I heat my shop with an old Franklin wood stove, so there's always hot coals available. I attach a coat hanger and set the shoes onto the red hot coals for about 15-20 minutes
Image

then quickly dunk them in cold water.
Image

Soon as they cool, I hang them on a rod to dry, with the help of the heat reclaimer. It's blowing out 250 degree heat, so they dry quickly.
Image

Spray some Valspar primer on then, install the bolts, and they're ready to ship.
Image

Thanks for viewing,
Rick

Re: Making snow shoes (final pictures added)

Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:09 pm

Rick, Are you heating and quenching to clean off the scale prior to priming or to alter the steel?

Bob

Re: Making snow shoes (final pictures added)

Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:18 pm

Bob:

I think I can answer that one. The shoes I had made here were not heat treated and they wore out in one season. He is case hardening the shoes so they will last.

Rick:

Did I get it :?: :)

Thanks for showing us how you make em. Really enjoyable thread. :!:

Re: Making snow shoes (final pictures added)

Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:10 pm

Rick you make it look so simple and easy.

Re: Making snow shoes (final pictures added)

Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:16 pm

Bob McCarty wrote:Rick, Are you heating and quenching to clean off the scale prior to priming or to alter the steel?

Bob


Just guessing but I think it is heat treating a bit

Re: Making snow shoes (final pictures added)

Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:27 pm

Rudi wrote:Bob:

I think I can answer that one. The shoes I had made here were not heat treated and they wore out in one season. He is case hardening the shoes so they will last.

Rick:

Did I get it :?: :)

Thanks for showing us how you make em. Really enjoyable thread. :!:

That's the answer. Rick had me add the phrase "The bottom surface is hardened for longer life of your shoe" to his website when he first started out a couple years ago.

Re: Making snow shoes (final pictures added)

Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:49 am

Excellent, Rick!

Re: Making snow shoes (final pictures added)

Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:01 am

Nicely done Rick :D I assume the Hossfeld bender requires your physical input, rather than hydraulics, to complete the bend :? :?:
Post a reply