***Update- There is now a video version of the ladder golf build click here to view -> http://justbuildstuff.com/?p=448***
Here is another project for our series of how to build toys. This one is a game, one that has recently become popular under many names. I think the most commonly accepted name is ladder ball, but I have seen it referred to as Norwegian Golf, bolo ball, bola ball, hillbilly horseshoes and many others. The game consists of throwing bolas (golf balls on a rope) at a ladder structure; see the Wikipedia page for more information about ladder ball. This is another project that is built almost entirely from pvc pipe, which I find to be incredibly easy to work with and inexpensive to purchase. The project is split into two parts; in the first part, we will build the ladder structure and in the second part, we will make the balls, or bola that are thrown at the ladder structure.
Now that the structure of the pole is together it is time to add the flag. There are many ways to attach the flag to the flag pole. I have seen metal clips, cable ties, key rings and shower curtain rings. The method that I used on this particular flag pole was shower curtain rings. I drilled holes through the pipe that supports the flag and inserted the shower curtain ring through it. I drilled one hole 1.5 inches from the tip of the pipe and the other thirty six inches further down from the first hole. If you use this method make sure that the eyelet holes on your flag line up with the holes you drill on the pipe.
Now it’s time to stand the flag up. I used a 2 foot long piece of concrete rebar from my local home center as a stake in the ground, as shown in the picture below. Any type of metal stake at least 1/2 inch in diameter and 2 foot long should also work as a stake for the flag pole. Now the easiest part is just dropping the flag pole over the top of the stake. and watch the flag blow in the wind while the pole spins. If you notice the pole starting to dig itself into the ground you can slide a large washer over the stake, this will give the pole something to sit on top of so it does not dig into the ground.
And the flag pole is finished. As promised I hope that you found it fun, simple and inexpensive. Thanks for coming to www.justbuildstuff.com.
Now that the pvc pipe is cut, it is time to get the fittings shown in the picture below and assemble the pipes into a flag pole.
Take all of the fittings and pipe and assemble them in the orientation shown in the picture below.
In order to maximize the strength of the flag pole the two joints shown in the photo below should be glued with pvc cement. I did not glue any of the other joints because I wanted to be able to disassemble my flag pole for easier storage and transportation.
Tomorrow we will add the final installment to the project where we attach the flag and let the flag be displayed for all to see.
First things first to build this flag pole you need a materials list. Most of the items below can be found at your local home center or hardware store.
- 1 – 10 foot long piece of 3/4″ pvc pipe
- 1 – 45 degree 3/4″ pvc fitting
- 1 – 3/4″ pvc T fitting
- 2 – 3/4″ pvc end caps
- 1 – 2 foot long piece of concrete rebar (or any metal stake that fits inside your pvc pipe)
Now that we have the material we can get to work. Take the ten foot long piece of pvc pipe and cut it into two four foot long piece and two two foot long pieces. The cuts in pvc can be made using a simple hack saw or you can use a powered miter saw with the appropriate blade as I did (Always remember that when you use power tools to be safe and wear safety goggles). A picture of the cut pieces is shown below. Tomorrow we will put the flag pole together.
This www.justbuildstuff.com project involves building a flag pole out of inexpensive PVC pipe. Flag poles like these are often seen around RVs at campgrounds across the country. In fact, I first saw one on a family camping trip to South Dakota. They are a neat way to display a flag, whether it be in patriotic sense, to show support for your favorite sports team, or simply for decorative purposes. This flag pole offers a unique manner of displaying the flag with its interesting angle and ability to move when it catches the wind. This project is quite fun to work on while at the same time being extremely simple.
Check back during the next few days to see how the flagpole is built.