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How to Build a Homemade Snowplow Made of Wood

A white winter doesn't have to mean an aching back as you shovel snow off a long driveway or trail. It is possible to build a simple wooden snowplow to clear away snow. To clear large amounts of heavy snow, you will still need a traditional plow and truck, but you can make a wooden snowplow to clear bike trails or sidewalks with a bicycle.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Four wooden boards, 2 by 4 inches
  • Hammer
  • 2-inch wood nails
  • Two wooden boards, 2 by 8 inches
  • Two small wheels (optional)
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    • 1

      Measure the width of the trail or driveway you want to clear and design a snowplow that will clear as much of that width as possible in one swipe. The front of the snowplow should be shaped like a "V" with a 90-degree angle. Determine the length the boards to give you the width you need. For example, if your driveway is 10 feet wide, build a 5-foot plow that can clear it in two passes. The boards for the "V" should be about 3.5 feet long each to achieve this width.

    • 2

      Trim the two boards for the "V" to the length determined, and trim a third board to match the width of your plow. The fourth board will serve as a support and mounting bracket. If you plan to mount the snowplow to a vehicle, you want the board to extend from the front tip of the plow, under the vehicle and to the hitch post in the rear. For a bike-mount, this board will only need to be about 2 feet long.

    • 3

      Nail the "V" boards together and nail the third board to the opening of the "V" to make a triangle. Nail the fourth board to the front tip of the snowplow. If you plan to push the plow ahead of a vehicle, have the board extend from the tip and through the triangle. If you plan to pull it behind a bicycle, have the fourth board extend from the tip and away from the triangle.

    • 4

      Attach the small wheels to the middle of the arms of the "V," using a hammer and nails. If you will be dragging the bicycle plow, this will make it easier to move.

    • 5

      Nail 2-by-8-inch boards in front of the arms of the "V" to give the plow more height. These boards will move away snow up to 8 inches deep.