Not exactly woodworking, but someone could make it a wood project. Even though it is cold and snowy out, Spring is around the corner :) (Yes, I try to be an optimist sometimes). I am sure quite a few of you heard of this but, until last summer, I never heard of this game. It is called Ladder Golf and the goal of the game is to earn points by throwing a bolero (two golf balls connected by a piece of rope) and wrapping them around one of the rungs of a ladder. I made mine out of PVC for easy portability but I can see where one can make a nice little set out of pine.
I bought a cheap package of golfballs from Walmart and drilled holes through the center. You need 12 to make 6 pairs (3 a piece for two players). I used my drillpress for the holes. Never drilled through a round object before so had to think about it for a few minutes. What I did was take a scrap piece of wood and used a forstner bit to drill a one inch hole. Then I left the board clamped and placed the ball in the hole and swapped to a regular drill bit. With the ball in the slot, the ball won’t roll and is properly centered. I used a large pair of vise grips to hold the ball while I lowered the press. You do not want to hold it with your hand. This went rather quickly and the results were quite satisfactory.
I ran rope through the holes, knotted both sides and ran a lighter around the knots to melt the coating to keep the balls secured.
The ladder is supposed to have 3 rungs total and should be designed with a base long enough to handle the impact of the boleros. As stated, I used PVC pipe, elbows, and T connectors to connect the pieces. I made two of them, one for each end of the playing field.
This is one of the few games that have actually pulled my boys from the xbox and gave them some outdoor time. I apologize for the project being outside the realm of woodwork, but thought it might inspire some projects :)
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.