Estimated Cost: $$$$
Total: 3 hours
The simple construction of this outdoor activity makes it an ideal weekend or even after-work project.
Using just a few YellaWood® boards and some PVC pipe, the game takes shape in a few steps.
The set features 2 ladders made of 1x4 stock and PVC pipes for the rungs.
Drilling holes at the ends of the center rung allows for a hitch pin to lock in each side of the rung, and this tightens the entire ladder to become a sturdy frame.
After sanding and sealing the wood of the two ladders, it's just a matter of getting a set of bolas before an official game can ensue.
Cut 4 1x4s to a length of 41 1⁄2" using a miter saw.
Use the width of one board to mark the end of another. 3 1⁄2" is typical, but measure your stock. This will mark where the lap joint will be cut, and to ensure the joint is flush, use the actual board width.
Mark the other 3 boards.
With a dado blade installed on a table saw, cut a half lap joint on one end. A standard table saw blade works too, but dado blades take more material out. The depth of the blade should be half of the board thickness (approximately 3⁄8").
Begin with the blade height lower than you think, then test your joint against another one to dial in a half-depth so the joint is flush.
Do this to the remaining posts.
With the half lap cut facing down, mark a point 13" from the bottom edge and centered along the width of the board.
Drill a 1-1/8" diameter hole to a depth of 3⁄8".
Clamp workpiece to surface before drilling.
With the half lap cut still facing down, mark another point 26" from the bottom edge and centered along the width of the board.
Drill a 1-1/8" diameter hole all the way through the board.
Then mark a point 39" from the bottom edge and centered along the width of the board.
Drill a 1 1/8" diameter hole to a depth of 3⁄8".
Repeat steps 7-12 on the remaining 3 boards.
Sand the top corners of the posts to a radius that is approximately 1⁄2".
Cut a 1x4 to a length of 32" using a miter saw.
Mark the center of the board.
Draw two lines spaced 1 3⁄4" from the center point. Use these as guides to center another board perpendicular at the center, and mark the edges. These are the outer edges of the half lap joint.
With a dado blade on a table saw, cut a half lap joint in between the two lines you drew. The depth of the blade should be half of the board thickness (approximately 3⁄8").
Repeat steps 15-18 on the remaining 3 legs.
Sand the top corners of the base legs to a radius that is approximately 1⁄2".
Apply wood glue to the half lap joints on parts (A) and (B).
Arrange the parts as shown and clamp until the wood glue dries.
Once dried, lay one assembly on its side with the holes facing up.
Cut two 3⁄4" diameter PVC pipe to a length of 28" using a miter saw.
Mark a point 1 1/8" from each end. This will be the center of the hole.
Drill a 1⁄4" diameter hole all the way through the PVC pipe.
Do this for the other Center Rung for your other set.
TOP AND BOTTOM RUNGS Cut two 3⁄4" diameter PVC pipes to a length of 25" using a miter saw for each set.
Insert the Top and Bottom Rungs into the top and bottom holes, then insert the Center Rung into the center holes.
At either end of the Center Rung, insert a hitch pin into the holes. It should be a tight fit, allowing tension to transfer to the Top and Bottom Rungs. This will complete the assembly.
Ease any sharp edges with a medium grit sanding block. Apply preferred finish to the wood.
Add the bolas of your choice. 2 different colors are needed to differentiate teams.