This section is from the book "The Boy Mechanic Vol. 2 1000 Things for Boys to Do", by Popular Mechanics Co.. Also available from Amazon: The Boy Mechanic, Vol2: 1000 Things for Boys to Do.
By Mildred E. Thomas
The enthusiastic pushmobilist need not put aside his hobby during the winter, as an amusement device for use on ice, which will surpass the very best pushmo-bile, can be easily made as shown in the illustration.
Similar to an ice yacht, only a great deal smaller, the ice glider will require three ordinary skates, two of which are fastened to the ends of the front crosspiece, so that their blades will stand at an angle of about 30 deg. with their edges outward. To get this angle tapering block are fastened to the cross-piece ends, as s h o w n. The skates are then fas-t e n e d to these blocks.
The cross-piece is 30 in. long and about 8 in. under side. wide. In the center of this piece an upright is constructed, 96 in. high. The edges of the front cross-piece are cut on a slant so that a piece nailed to its front and back edge will stand sloping toward the rear. A handle, 24 in. long, is fastened between the two uprights at the upper end. The rear part is made of a board, 8 in. wide and 40 in. long. The remaining skate is fastened in a perfectly straight position on the rear end. The skates may be attached with screws run through holes drilled in the top plates, or with straps. The front end of the rear board has a hole for a bolt to attach it to the center of the front cross-piece, so that the latter will turn to guide the glider.
A pusher is prepared from a block of wood, into which nails are driven with their ends projecting on the
The block is strapped to one shoe, as shown.
The glider is used in the same manner as a push-mobile.
The pusher can be made in another way by using sole leather instead of the block. Small slots are cut in the sides for the straps. Nails are driven through the leather so that the points project. Either kind of pusher is especially adapted for the pushmobile to prevent wear on the shoe.
Ill: The Glider is Pushed over the Ice Similarly to a Pushmobile, and the Speed That can be Attained is Much Greater the Block of Wood with Protecting Nails to Fasten on the Shoe That Does the Pushing