Sunday, January 4, 2015

How to make wooden basketball hoop for the door

I always wanted a basketball hoop for my shop’s door and now I have one.

I started with a piece of plywood. I used my router and my circle cutting jig to cut my hoop’s ring. The jig is mounted on the sole of my router and acts like a compass.

Then I used my jigsaw to cut out the rest of the parts. 

I lightly sanded the piece with 120 grit sandpaper.

I used my glue gun to temporarily glue the ring’s cleats. Then I predrilled some pilot holes and screwed everything together.

I had more than enough paint in stock from a the time I painted some rooms in my house. The paint needed a good shake. 

I painted the hook a few coats of greenish yellow. I then masked the areas I wanted to remain green and painted a coat of grey. I carefully removed the masks when the paint was fairly dry.

I finished the hole piece with a coat of clear water based satin varnish.

To mount the hoop on the door, I used an old clothes hanger I had laying around which I screwed on my hoop.

To hang the net I added 12 metal rings I bought from a hardware store. I predrilled the holes and screwed them in by hand.

I made the net using a simple net making technique. I added the double string on the metal rings and made a few knots with  the strings that lay next to each other.  I repeated the knots and created these diamond shapes. When I thought it was enough I cut the excess string.

It is obvious that this hoop isn’t strong enough for a real basketball, but for a small indoor ball is more than OK.

My basketball hoop is ready for a few shots!