Easy dad project: Football/rugby uprights
~ 25 November 2009 ~
I was always throwing stuff together as a kid, like homemade go-karts, bike ramps, forts, and other stuff that substantiated my existence as a boy. Now with boys of my own, it’s as if I’m remaking all that stuff again. Except it’s even more fun with kids.
One of the projects we put together recently was a simple, cheap set of football/rugby uprights. In football (American), the uprights at either end of the playing field are similar to those used in rugby. Seeing how tomorrow is Thanksgiving holiday here, when amateur “turkey bowl” games will be played in neighborhoods around the country, I figured some of you might be interested in knowing how we built ours.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Materials: (8) 5-foot sections of 1-1/2 in. PVC pipe, (4) 1-1/2 in. tees, (2) 1-1/2 in. elbows, and (2) unthreaded end caps
- Tools: None, unless your local hardware store sells only 10-foot sections of PVC pipe. In that case, you’ll need a simple hacksaw or something similar to cut each section in half.
- Time required to build: About 15 minutes
- Total cost: About $20 USD
There isn’t much instruction needed beyond what you see in the photo below. Just piece everything together as shown:
You don’t need to glue the joints. They’ll hold together just fine with friction. Also, you can easily take it apart for storage when not in use.
This kind of article is bit off-topic for me, but I know many of you web and design folk are also dads and moms with kids around the house. If you find this helpful, I’ll consider posting other projects in the future, some of which are a little more complex (such as this homemade go-kart).
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