Gaga Ball Ring

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Project by AnthonyHbm posted 05-17-2018 09:22 PM 3608 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Asked to make a Gaga Ball Ring for a youth event using full sheets of 3/4” plywood. Was restricted by the following criteria:

1. Portable temporary structure
2. As large as sheets would allow
3. Stacks and stores away easily
4. Strong enough knocks & bangs during play

A friend donated 8 sheets of 3/4” ply. Each sheet is 88”L x 43”W (size dictated by the smallest sheet). I created a circular saw track guide to cut 45° slots on alternating sides at the ends of each sheet, and all at same length and width. Used coping saw to finish cutting out the slots. On two sheets cut out large sections for entry and exit from the ring. On each sheet used 1-1/2” forstner bit to cut each end of each handle hold. Used jigsaw to cut between holes. Used 5/16” round-over bit in router to round-over all edges except the interlocking slots. All surfaces thoroughly sanded to reduce likelihood of splinters and two coats of Zinsser Seal Coat applied.

The slots interlock together on a 45° angle and once fully assembled, supported one another well enough to withstand 6hrs of continuous playing of middle to high school aged children.

-- Anthonyhbm

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#1 posted 05-17-2018 09:55 PM

I’ll have to show this to my daughter. She’s the only other person I’ve ever heard use the term “Gaga Ball”. I had never head of it till her gym teacher taught it to her class.

-- Elroy

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#2 posted 05-18-2018 03:44 PM

Watched this played at a Scouting Expo, they sure had a lot of fun.

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#3 posted 05-19-2018 01:34 AM

Neat – never heard of this game before. Just watched a YouTube video and it looks like fun. Your setup looks great!

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