Mini Basketball Court

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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 216 days ago 1137 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbor is one of the coaches for a local high school. He asked me back in this past summer to see if I could make him a small conference style table that can be put into their coaches office. The table top is made from 40 plus 2×2 inch pine boards. This was the worst part of making it. I only have a 12 inch planer and the 2×2’s would bend, warp, etc. after gluing together I had to run each 12” section through the planer and than later glue those sections together. After having many hours of planning, scraping and routing the top I was finally able to prepare top for painting.
On the design, I made the design layout with Corel Draw. The scale of the layout is 1/16th scale of a regulation high school basketball court. At my work place I printed out the design full size on the 36” white paper printer. Next step was to add painters tape in all the areas where the design areas are. From my template I used a sharp knife to cut out the shapes. This cut through the template and tape leaving a place to paint. Finally I added gloss polyurethane in several layers with buffing with steel wool between each coat. table size is 37” wide x 60” long and standard table height. My neighbor is really liking the results. I’m hoping he doesn’t want another one.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#1 posted 216 days ago

That sure turned out nice. A great idea for any team. Very nice detail and well done.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#2 posted 216 days ago

Well it looks like all the effort paid off. Looks great.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#3 posted 216 days ago

In this age of instant everything I don’t think many people will realize how much time and work you put into this. Awesome, looks great!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#4 posted 215 days ago

This did come out gr8. I.M.O., Pine is a pain in the #)($$ to work with period.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Scott Oldre

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#5 posted 215 days ago

Awesome Table and 1st one is a gift, the second is a purchase…lot of work in this one.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 215 days ago

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Tom Pritchard

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#7 posted 215 days ago

Thanks Bob, That is a much better idea. The painters tape was hard to work with and at times it had a tendency to pull up paint. I’ll look into that.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#8 posted 215 days ago

Awesome job Tom. I can only imagine how much work went into that.

-- Bailey Indiana

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#9 posted 215 days ago

Well done sir, well done.

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#10 posted 215 days ago

That turned out great. Absolutely love it. Now you got me to thinking about doing one of Notre Dame and University of Tennessee football fields. LOL

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 213 days ago

Nice work, Tom, it looks great. Somehow it is a table that looks right at home in Indiana where every barn and back yard comes equipped with a backboard and hoop. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 209 days ago

Nice job! Beautiful. I absolutely love it!!!

LOL… Tom… I was like… Southwestern Rebels??? Then I noticed the state logo. I haven’t been on here for a while and momentarily was surprised to see a Hanover team. I forget sometimes that there are LJers in my own back yard. I know there are three of us. Wonder if there are any others? lol

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Tom Pritchard

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#13 posted 209 days ago

Angio, Yes it is a small world in L.J land. Hope to meet you sometime to share some wood working ideas. Happy New Year…Tom

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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