Instant gratification is nice. Working hard towards a goal feels good in its own way, but there’s something fun and exciting about being able to start and finish a project in the same hour.
After installing the baby seat in our Bakfiets today, I took a look around the garage and noticed that I still had a bucket of PVC pipes and parts left over from a different project. I had intended to use it to build a bike rack for the kids, but I didn’t have enough of the right connectors for that, so I built this instead:
N has been really into street hockey lately, and R likes kicking a ball around, so I’m hoping this net will inspire some pickup games.
Want to make one yourself? It’s very, very simple. You need:
- PVC pipe – 2 of each of the following lengths: 40 inches, 32 inches, 15 inches
- PVC connectors – 6 elbow joints, sized to fit the above pipe
- Netting – I used plastic netting that is sold in the garden centre, but use whatever you like. You’ll need a piece that’s at least 48″ wide and 48″ long.
- Zip ties – these are sometimes called cable ties. Anyhow, pick up a bag of light-duty ties (should be about 50 in a bag.)
- A pipe cutter for PVC (not expensive at all, or you can have the pipe cut for you at the store.)
That’s really all you need. I feel like it’s a simple enough project that you don’t need a step-by-step tutorial, but for those spatially challenged folks among us, here’s a diagram of where everything goes: