Ladder Ball Plans & Building Instructions
We’ve recently reviewed a few ladder ball sets and let me tell you, there certainly are some fine setups out there.
But maybe you’re cut from a different cloth, choosing to carve your own path. Perhaps you’re the DIY type, and think you can craft a set that is on par or better than anything you can buy. Well kudos to you, my friend, I applaud your resourcefulness. It’s your lucky day too, as I’m here to help you traverse through the process and provide you with a few tips and blueprints for crafting your own ladder ball set. All told, it doesn’t take too much effort, merely a little ingenuity and a trip down to your local hardware store.
As ladder ball grows in popularity, many are choosing to create their own sets as a way to save a few bucks and take on a fun project. Seeing as how we’re all of a like mind here we thought we would contribute by doing our best to help achieve that goal. While you won’t need to spend a pile of dough or break your back whittling down cedar, there are a few important elements you’ll need to get right. The important part of creating your own ladder ball set it to be certain the dimensions are correct, as this can greatly effect how the game is played. With that in mind, what follows are our plans for creating a great ladder ball set:
What You’ll Need
While we highly recommend you give crafting a wooden set a try, it's easier to create and easier to maintain (ie. Easier to replace broken pieces) route is by using PVC pipe. So what you’ll need to get started is:
- One inch (2.5 cm) PVC pipe. Get about 40 feet, (12.2 metres), as this will give you enough room to craft the set and make a few errors along the way (this will provide for two ladders)
- 12 T-fittings, four elbow-fittings, and eight stoppers
- Nylon rope (play it safe and get about 30 feet) and 12 golf balls. These will be used in the making of the bolas
How to Size Your Ladderball Set
The next step is to cut your PVC pipe to spec. For the set measurements we are using you will need to cut: twelve 18” pieces (45 cm), eight 12” pieces (30.5 cm), and six 24” pieces (61 cm). The 18” pieces are those that are going to be used vertically, the “walls” of the set, if you will. The 12” pieces are those that will be used to build the base of the set. The 24” pieces are those that will be used as the horizontal pieces, the rungs of the set.
How to Build Your Ladderball Set
Once things have been sized to spec it’s all fairly simple, but here’s a step-by-step for building the set (don’t hesitate to use a little glue or cement either. This should really keep the set in place):
- Take the 12" pieces and connect on in either end of a T-fitting; this will be your base
- Take the three 18" pieces and attach a T-fitting in between the first and second, and the second and third pieces of pipe. Attach an elbow-fitting to the top
- With your "walls" built, you can now take the three 24" pieces and connect the two "walls," by adding the rungs in between
- Once the structure has been built, attach to the top of the base, and boy howdy, you have yourself a couple ladders built
Ladderball Bolas (Balls)
Building the bolas is also a fairly simple process, so let’s walk through that together:
- Drill holes through all of your golf balls. Do this by putting the golf ball in a vice and drilling with a 3/8" or 0.5" drill bit
- Feed the nylon rope through the balls
- Tie a knot on either side of the ball to assure the balls will stay in place
- The balls should be about 12" (30.5 cm) apart from one another
Once you’ve done all of that you can dust your hands off, pop a cold one, and head outdoors with your new set to give her a whirl. In all honesty, this is a fair straightforward guide to a fairly straightforward bit of craftsmanship. It’s something you should be able to complete in an afternoon with a few of your pals. The important part is that you enjoy the fruits of your labour. Get out while the sun is still shining!