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Project by Kevin posted 03-17-2012 06:37 PM 7821 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The weather is getting nice here now, so I dug out the ladder ball game I built two years ago. Got the plans from Lowes creative ideas. I made a few changes, but mostly followed the plans. Wood is pine finished with outdoor spar urethane. The “balls” are pvc pipe caps drilled on the end with cord tied to it. The rungs are taped with electrical marking tape. The pipe caps are definetely lighter than golf balls but still throw well, and with kids around are a little safer. Wouldn’t be much harder to drill golf balls and do the same thing though. I’m pretty sure on the Lowes creative ideas website it has the distance between the games and also the rules too. These are not collapsable, but it wouldn’t be difficult to make them that way.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch





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woodshaver

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#1 posted 03-17-2012 07:09 PM

Nice job on making that ladder ball game! It’s a fun game! I made a few sets using PVC and golf balls.

We add up the points this way.
3 points for top rung,
2 points for 2nd rung
1 point for bottom rung.
add 1 extra point If you get all three ball’s the same rung.
We play to 21…
I set the ladders up at 10 paces! About 30 Feet. But you can put them any place you wish!
And change the rules to any thing you wish!
It’s a blast!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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KMT

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#2 posted 03-17-2012 07:43 PM

Right On! Good idea, I’m borrowing it :)

-- - Martin

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#3 posted 03-17-2012 11:07 PM

Great project, neat game

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Kevin

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#4 posted 03-18-2012 03:45 AM

Thank you for the comments, very fun game. We get it out everytime we have a party outside. Oh and if anyone was wondering, the idea I had to make this a little more portable is to use carriage bolts and wing nuts instead of screws. Haven’t changed mine over yet cause we mostly leave it at home anyway.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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Douwe

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#5 posted 03-18-2012 12:00 PM

Thank you for sharing this game and your clear description. I have never seen it before but it looks great fun to play.

-- Douwe

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prez

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#6 posted 03-19-2012 12:20 AM

grandkids coming for the summer….going to need one of those to keep them busy….hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to the mancave I go…....! :)

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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drbyte

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#7 posted 03-19-2012 02:25 PM

Great game! We’ve used tennis balls in the past for this, they’re a lot softer if they hit anybody/anything!

-- Dennis, WV

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James Frederick

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#8 posted 03-20-2012 06:19 PM

This game is awesome, payed many times while tailgating in College Station TX, “Go Aggies”

I went to the Lowes website and could not find ladder golf, Do you have a link.

Great game thanks for putting on Lumberjocks, I wil build it this week end with my daugther.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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James Frederick

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#9 posted 03-20-2012 06:22 PM

I was looking for Ladder golf, here is the link if anyone is interested.

http://www.lowescreativeideas.com/idea-library/projects/Ladderball_0709.aspx

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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AMC

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#10 posted 03-20-2012 08:52 PM

“Great game! We’ve used tennis balls in the past for this, they’re a lot softer if they hit anybody/anything!

—Dennis, WV, “

If I made mine out of tennis balls, I have no doubt my boys would be throwing them at each other, the golf balls make this less of a likelihood, or at least more entertaining to watch.

-- Making the best of what I have!

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Kevin

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#11 posted 03-21-2012 04:50 PM

Thanks for all the comments, James thanks for putting the link on here for everybody. Also thanks for all your different ideas for rules and ball designs, it’s nice to have a few different options.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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