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Portable Wooden Ladder Golf

  • April 21, 2017


We recently came to love the outdoor game of ladder golf. I wanted to create a DIY version that was both beautiful and portable. Simple construction using select pine boards make this straight forward and easy build with right tools and a few helpful tips.

I hope you enjoy hours of fun with your family and friends this summer and for years to come! For a source lin for the ready-made golf ball bolas, visit the link below.
www.bit.ly/paperdaisyladdergolf

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Cut the ladder uprights from 1x4x8 select pine board, in half. You will cut 2 for each ladder for a total of 4, plus 1 to be used as a jig or template for the rung holes.

    2. Step: 2

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      Create a jig for the rung holes by drilling a hole through the board at 13" from the base, 13" from the top of that hole and another 13" to the top.

    3. Step: 3

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      You want the distance between the rungs and the ground to be exactly the same. A drill press is an excellent choice for this project. It creates precise, straight holes for the dowels to go into. Cut the jig at the proper measurements, going completely through the board.

    4. Step: 4

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      Reset the depth of the drill press to go through the jig and the ladder leg about 5/8" deep. For each ladder leg, align the jig perfectly square so that the rungs match on each leg.This image does not show the jig.

    5. Step: 5

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      Once all of the ladder legs have the rung supports cut, round the top edges, if desired.

    6. Step: 6

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      I traced around a large can for my semi-circle.

    7. Step: 7

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      Use a sander to smooth the edges.

    8. Step: 8

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      For the ladder bases, cut 4 boards to 47.75"

    9. Step: 9

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      Cut two boards each at 16.5 and 27.5". These boards will create a sandwich in which the upright legs of the ladder will slide into and eventually be secured with a peg.

    10. Step: 10

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      Slide a scrap 1x4 into place and then mark and cut so that all the boards are even. This is the easiest way to get them all exact and ensure a snug fit with the ladder leg.

    11. Step: 11

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      Glue and nail these boards together using a scrap 1x4 slid into place to ensure a perfect fit.

    12. Step: 12

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      Round the outside edges of the board ends, if desired with jig saw and sand smooth.

    13. Step: 13

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      Cut dowels to become the rungs of the ladder at 24" each. Use a stop, a scrap piece of wood, clamped to your workbench so that each rod is cut exactly to the same length.

    14. Step: 14

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      To add rungs to the ladder legs, use the center marking on the back of the leg as a guide to drill a hole for the screw and dowel.

    15. Step: 15

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      Add poles to the ladder. The middle rung will be held in place by the force of the top and bottom. Drill a pilot hole for the pole connector screws.

    16. Step: 16

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      One end of the screw will go into the dowel the other will slide through the hole in the ladder.

    17. Step: 17

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      A wooden knob will hold it all together.

    18. Step: 18

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      The connector screws are sold in the drapery hardware section of The Home Depot.

    19. Step: 19

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      Cut four 4" pieces of the 1/4 dowel to use as a peg for holding the ladder legs secure.

    20. Step: 20

      Slide leg into the slots and drill hole for 1/4 dowel to become the peg that holds the leg in place in each base. Drill through the first base board, into the leg and 1/4" into the outside base, roughly, 1 3/4". Mark each leg and base with a letter or number for easier assembly.

    21. Step: 21

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      Stain or paint as desired. It is good practice if you choose to stain pine, to use wood conditioner before staining.

    22. Step: 22

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      Add an outdoor topcoat to finish the pieces. I used wax on the places the boards would need to fit together, especially the bottom portion of the ladder legs that fit into the base slots.

    23. Step: 23

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      Add stripes to the rungs of the ladder for decoration or scoring purposes. Assemble all the pieces and go have some fun!!

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Portable Wooden Ladder Golf

by Deeply Southern Home
Apr 21, 2017
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We recently came to love the outdoor game of ladder golf. I wanted to create a DIY version that was both beautiful and portable. Simple construction using select pine boards make this straight forward and easy build with right tools and a few helpful tips. I hope you enjoy hours of fun with your family and friends this summer and for years to come! For a source lin for the ready-made golf ball bolas, visit the link below. www.bit.ly/paperdaisyladdergolf

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 9f3a8499 7887 4696 b810 6679dce84450

    Cut the ladder uprights from 1x4x8 select pine board, in half. You will cut 2 for each ladder for a total of 4, plus 1 to be used as a jig or template for the rung holes.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 686cfb9f c318 46ce b635 dfc5feb54704

    Create a jig for the rung holes by drilling a hole through the board at 13" from the base, 13" from the top of that hole and another 13" to the top.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 1b3faa74 3a99 48ea be12 ae2fb200617f

    You want the distance between the rungs and the ground to be exactly the same. A drill press is an excellent choice for this project. It creates precise, straight holes for the dowels to go into. Cut the jig at the proper measurements, going completely through the board.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge b23b3b2b 4c33 4eef 844f 3e92aaf5f7fb

    Reset the depth of the drill press to go through the jig and the ladder leg about 5/8" deep. For each ladder leg, align the jig perfectly square so that the rungs match on each leg.This image does not show the jig.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 9c481dfc b4a5 49e6 966f 487d91487625

    Once all of the ladder legs have the rung supports cut, round the top edges, if desired.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 803c33de 0c6f 430c 8ee4 7c8b84549892

    I traced around a large can for my semi-circle.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 8d81b433 db3f 4ccf ba75 00bcaa317544

    Use a sander to smooth the edges.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 3ebbc89a 2cfc 40d6 b2a1 335e99c6df30

    For the ladder bases, cut 4 boards to 47.75"

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 29127cfe eeae 42bb 8bcf b6c4f9351eaa

    Cut two boards each at 16.5 and 27.5". These boards will create a sandwich in which the upright legs of the ladder will slide into and eventually be secured with a peg.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 383ae290 836b 4363 beef 714107b1e965

    Slide a scrap 1x4 into place and then mark and cut so that all the boards are even. This is the easiest way to get them all exact and ensure a snug fit with the ladder leg.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 58f94dfd c353 4fc4 ac8e a62da856deef

    Glue and nail these boards together using a scrap 1x4 slid into place to ensure a perfect fit.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 243600fb 245f 44f5 be74 a288eb09fed5

    Round the outside edges of the board ends, if desired with jig saw and sand smooth.

  13. Step: 13
    Huge 09160b08 3429 4208 b580 b92f694df142

    Cut dowels to become the rungs of the ladder at 24" each. Use a stop, a scrap piece of wood, clamped to your workbench so that each rod is cut exactly to the same length.

  14. Step: 14
    Huge 80aae516 c526 4991 a98b e26d78264a64

    To add rungs to the ladder legs, use the center marking on the back of the leg as a guide to drill a hole for the screw and dowel.

  15. Step: 15
    Huge 2e173af8 0b17 4b14 be9f c48ba23e8c94

    Add poles to the ladder. The middle rung will be held in place by the force of the top and bottom. Drill a pilot hole for the pole connector screws.

  16. Step: 16
    Huge e83e33d2 62ec 4412 9515 744ce13bc72d

    One end of the screw will go into the dowel the other will slide through the hole in the ladder.

  17. Step: 17
    Huge c3ff9a5a 7c51 419f a69f 5a90d652abb9

    A wooden knob will hold it all together.

  18. Step: 18
    Huge 879ab293 f36b 4fcc 9eb4 78eae8557096

    The connector screws are sold in the drapery hardware section of The Home Depot.

  19. Step: 19
    Huge 243ce727 8ad9 4a93 ba20 bb4c33fd445e

    Cut four 4" pieces of the 1/4 dowel to use as a peg for holding the ladder legs secure.

  20. Step: 20

    Slide leg into the slots and drill hole for 1/4 dowel to become the peg that holds the leg in place in each base. Drill through the first base board, into the leg and 1/4" into the outside base, roughly, 1 3/4". Mark each leg and base with a letter or number for easier assembly.

  21. Step: 21
    Huge f4e78806 cd16 4ec3 a822 8970c434956d

    Stain or paint as desired. It is good practice if you choose to stain pine, to use wood conditioner before staining.

  22. Step: 22
    Huge e53c5738 207f 46dd 9d1f f6da20386e4b

    Add an outdoor topcoat to finish the pieces. I used wax on the places the boards would need to fit together, especially the bottom portion of the ladder legs that fit into the base slots.

  23. Step: 23
    Huge d4e51ee8 09e0 43a9 a56c 64e7d17cdc18

    Add stripes to the rungs of the ladder for decoration or scoring purposes. Assemble all the pieces and go have some fun!!