Overview

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Illustration: Carl Wiens
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The goal shown here is a three-dimensional triangle made from PVC plumbing pipes wrapped in deer netting. And while the instructions are for a 4-by-5-foot goal, you can adapt the measurements to make your goal any size you want. The best part is that cutting and assembling the sections of pipe are so simple and safe, kids can help out at every step. They’ll be amazed at how quickly they can cut through the plastic pipes, and they’ll have a ball assembling the 22 different PVC pieces like a giant puzzle. Just be sure a parent supervises the gluing stage, as the short time you have to adjust the pipes before the glue sets means working quickly. Deer netting, a strong but supple mesh, is an inexpensive alternative to a rope net, and it attaches easily to the pipes with common zip ties.
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    Tools List

    • 100-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hacksaw
      Hacksaw
    • utility scissors
      Utility scissors
    • permanent marker
      Permanent marker

    Shopping List

    1. Four 10-foot lengths of 1¼ PVC tubing

    2. Six 1¼-inch PVC elbows

    3. Four 1¼-inch PVC tees 4. 80-grit sandpaper

    5. PVC pipe cement
    (preferably a low-VOC formula that's labeled all-weather) 6. Deer netting

    7. Five dozen zip ties

    8. Small sand bags
    (optional: to hold down the goal when you play)