Recently I took a trip to Nashville, TN to visit my buddy and podcast co-host, Brad Rodriguez, from Fixthisbuildthat.com. Outdoor games are something we both absolutely love, so when I took my trip I was hoping to get competitive with some lawn games. Realizing we had no lawn games and wanted to do something cool to debut our new podcast logo for Made For Profit., we decided to build a cornhole set. We jumped on it and made a sweet set of cornhole boards for tailgates and barbecues together.
Once we were done, we had a bunch of cut-offs leftover. With fun and games on my mind, I drew up a quick plan for a redneck golf set (less admirably known as ladder golf) and we started building. These are both super easy weekend projects that kids, friends, and family will enjoy, so we decided to include plans for both of these projects completely FREE!
So check it out -- a quick ‘how to’ for my redneck gold set and Brad’s video of the cornhole board can be found right here, right now.
Begin your DIY redneck golf set by breaking down your lumber and cutting it to size. I decided to use lap joints for this build, which I did by creating several small cuts on a table saw and knocking away the thin slices with a hammer. I cut the riser blocks, countersinking and attaching the parts with glue and screws. Additionally, I marked my angles for the tapered edges and cut them on the band saw.
Once your wood is cut down, you’ll want to drill holes in your golf balls. I did this by creating a quick wooden jig that I would clamp together with a golf ball inside. I cut the holes with a quarter-inch drill bit on the drill press. Once cut, I spraypainted the golf balls and let them dry.
While the gold balls were drying, I cut the dowels down to width. I used a Forstner bit to create holes in each of the verticals for the dowels. Additionally, a tapered the verticals by countersinking mounting holes for the base for a solid, easy build-up.
Next, I routed the edges so they were nice and rounded for a really professional finish. I sanded everything to 120 grit before gluing and using screws to mount the feet to the verticals. I think added glue to each dowel and clamped it together to dry.
Before wrapping up, add a finish to the wood. While that dries, you can add the strings to the golf balls, ensuring 13 inches of string between each ball. Once that’s done, you’re ready to play!
Check out the full build on Brad’s channel here!
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