How to Build a Pipe Ball Lawn Game
TOH's Team Saturday shows how to cut and connect drainpipe into a rack for a simple but challenging ball-toss lawn game
All those hours of playing Nerf hoops might finally add up to a useful skill when you bust out the pipe-ball game at your next garden party. Instead of shooting a foam basketball at a door-mounted hoop, though, you're arcing a tennis ball at a grouping of pipes—and the rebound is nasty.
The angled ends and the varying heights of the pipes make it a game of skill that demands nothing less than the equivalent of a swish. Catch the unforgiving angled rim of one of the pipes and you're off to the bushes to find where the ball bounced. But let's be honest: The search won't be any harder than rooting around for that Nerf basketball in your childhood room.
Overview to to Build a Pipe Ball Game
To create a triangular rack of pipes whose openings angle toward the players, you'll cut different lengths at a 30-degree angle and arrange them with the shortest one at the front. Because the width of the drainpipe is larger than many miter saws, you may need to fabricate a jig to guide your pull saw at the appropriate angle. And since the pipes aren't made of PVC—and can't be glued—you'll need to drill holes where they meet and attach them to one other with plastic ties. Once you're finished, you can create a second rack and set up a playing field, or have everyone trade off aiming at the same rack. Either way, it's easy to spot the true pros. They're the ones who score while holding a drink in one hand.
Cut List (per rack)
All dimensions are measured to the longest point of the tip angle
Drain pipe: four at 14 inches
Drain pipe: three at 11½ inches
Drain pipe: two at 9 inches
Drain pipe: one at 7 inches
1x5 jig base: one at 24 inches
1x6 jig wall: two at 24 inches, beveled 30 degrees at one end