Looking for a way to take a few strokes off your game without having to make the hike out to the green? Well, today’s Workshop@home project has got you covered! Today I’ll be showing you how to make your very own backyard chip shot golf game, courtesy of the craft blog addicted2diy.
- Downloadable plans
- 2 – 24” x 48” plywood project panels
- 3 – 1×4 @ 8’ long plywood project panels
- 1 – 1×3 @ 6’ long plywood project panels
- 1 – 3 1/2” hole saw
- 1 – 6’ x 8’ AstroTurf mat
- DAP weldwood contact cement
- Wood glue
- Tape measure
- X-Acto knife
- Table saw/band saw (optional)
- Protective goggles
- 1 1/4” wood screws
- 2 1/2” carriage bolts with locking nuts
- 5/8” narrow crown staples
- 1/16” drill bit • Drill
- Narrow crown staple gun
- Carriage bolts
- Nylon lock nuts
- Razor knife
- 16 oz plastic cups
- And of course, a couple of clubs and golf balls!
1. You’ll first want to cut all of your wood down to size. You’ll want to end up with:
- Four pieces measuring 1×4 @ 48” long
- Four pieces measuring 1×4 @ 22 1/2” long
- Four pieces measuring 1×3 @ 15” long
- And two AstroTurf mats cut at 24” x 48” (you can use the top board as a guide)
2. Next, you’ll want to measure out where the holes are going to be drilled. For the first row of four holes, go down 6” from the top of the board and 6″ in from the side, then using the 3 1/2″ hole saw, make your first hole. Once you’ve done that, make three more holes spaced 4” apart. Repeat this process for the rest of the holes, measuring 10″ down and in for the second row of three holes, 14″ down and in for the third row of two holes, and 18″ down and in for the last singular hole at the bottom.
3. Now it’s time to build the frame for the game board. Start by drilling two 1/16” pilot holes into each end of the 48” boards. Once you’re done that, glue the pieces together using the wood glue, clamping the frame together, and attaching the pieces with the 1 1/4” wood screws.
4. Now it’s time to attach the top of the game board. Start by drilling pilot holes around all four edges of the board. Once you’ve done that, put some carpenter’s glue to the top of the frame before affixing the board onto the frame. Attach it with 1 1/4″ wood screws.
5. Now comes the tricky part: rounding the tops of the legs. You can either use a band saw (if you have one) or if you don’t, a jigsaw. Measure out the center of the leg, then drill a 3/8″ hole for the carriage bolts to fit through.
6. Now it’s time to attach the legs. First, take a scrap piece of wood and place it between the front of the frame and the leg to act as a spacer. Once you’ve done that, drill a 3/8” hole through each leg and through the side of the game board frame. Attach the legs using the carriage bolts and nylon locknuts. Make sure it’s tight enough that the legs will stay out, but not too lose so that they’ll fold in when you’re not using it.
7. Now that you’ve got your legs on, it’s time to make sure the legs will sit flat on the ground. Set the game board upright and mark the angle of the legs. Cut the legs at the mark with a jigsaw before sanding it smooth.
8. Great, you’re almost done! Make sure you’re in a well ventilated area, then coat the top of your board with DAP contact cement. This will keep the AstroTurf from lifting or having any bumps.
9. After letting the weldwood contact cement dry, staple the grass down, smoothing it as you go. Once the AstroTurf is firmly in place, flip the board and cut away any excess turf. Using your X-Acto knife, cut out the turf in the drilled holes.
10. Congratulations! You now have your very own backyard chip shot golf game!