How to Make Wheels for an Ice Fishing House


Ice houses are also called shacks and shanties. They can be hauled onto the ice every winter to provide shelter for ice fishermen. Although most ice houses are semi-permanent, they can be easily transportable with the help of wheels. Making a wheel from scratch is almost impossible, so it is recommended that you purchase a wheel frame or fasten gliders onto the small building. You can customize your shack relatively inexpensively in hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Two 2-by-4 inch boards
  • Screws
  • Wheel frame
  • Sander
  • Wax, polish for wood (optional)
  • Purchase a fish house frame with wheels. Go to Fish House Plans (see Resources) for a select list of fish house wheel frames.

  • Follow the installation instructions for mounting the ice house onto the wheel frame. Typical wheel plans come with instructions, materials list, framing layout and drawings.

  • Abandon the wheel frame idea and use gliders for ice house transportation. Fasten two parallel 2-by-4 inch boards onto the bottom of the ice house with screws. These will act as skids, or runners, and allow you to move the ice house while on the ice.

  • Round the ends of the runners with a sander to avoid digging the boards into the snow and ice. You can even polish and wax the boards for best results. Or, to achieve superior gliding, attach an old pair of cross-country skis or snowboards with screws onto the fastened 2-by-4-inch boards.

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