Mini Basketball Court

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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 12-27-2013 01:02 AM 6248 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbor is one of the coaches for a local high school. He asked me back in this past summer to see if I could make him a small conference style table that can be put into their coaches office. The table top is made from 40 plus 2×2 inch pine boards. This was the worst part of making it. I only have a 12 inch planer and the 2×2’s would bend, warp, etc. after gluing together I had to run each 12” section through the planer and than later glue those sections together. After having many hours of planning, scraping and routing the top I was finally able to prepare top for painting.
On the design, I made the design layout with Corel Draw. The scale of the layout is 1/16th scale of a regulation high school basketball court. At my work place I printed out the design full size on the 36” white paper printer. Next step was to add painters tape in all the areas where the design areas are. From my template I used a sharp knife to cut out the shapes. This cut through the template and tape leaving a place to paint. Finally I added gloss polyurethane in several layers with buffing with steel wool between each coat. table size is 37” wide x 60” long and standard table height. My neighbor is really liking the results. I’m hoping he doesn’t want another one.

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 01:19 AM

That sure turned out nice. A great idea for any team. Very nice detail and well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 01:29 AM

Well it looks like all the effort paid off. Looks great.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 03:19 AM

In this age of instant everything I don’t think many people will realize how much time and work you put into this. Awesome, looks great!

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 01:06 PM

This did come out gr8. I.M.O., Pine is a pain in the #)($$ to work with period.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 12-27-2013 01:37 PM

Awesome Table and 1st one is a gift, the second is a purchase…lot of work in this one.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 12-27-2013 07:01 PM

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Tom Pritchard

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#7 posted 12-27-2013 08:50 PM

Thanks Bob, That is a much better idea. The painters tape was hard to work with and at times it had a tendency to pull up paint. I’ll look into that.

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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#8 posted 12-28-2013 12:43 AM

Awesome job Tom. I can only imagine how much work went into that.

-- Bailey Indiana

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#9 posted 12-28-2013 12:54 AM

Well done sir, well done.

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#10 posted 12-28-2013 01:45 AM

That turned out great. Absolutely love it. Now you got me to thinking about doing one of Notre Dame and University of Tennessee football fields. LOL

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 12-30-2013 12:57 AM

Nice work, Tom, it looks great. Somehow it is a table that looks right at home in Indiana where every barn and back yard comes equipped with a backboard and hoop. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 01-02-2014 05:19 PM

Nice job! Beautiful. I absolutely love it!!!

LOL… Tom… I was like… Southwestern Rebels??? Then I noticed the state logo. I haven’t been on here for a while and momentarily was surprised to see a Hanover team. I forget sometimes that there are LJers in my own back yard. I know there are three of us. Wonder if there are any others? lol

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#13 posted 01-02-2014 07:12 PM

Angio, Yes it is a small world in L.J land. Hope to meet you sometime to share some wood working ideas. Happy New Year…Tom

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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