Building a Regulation Size Basketball Backboard

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Building a Regulation Size Basketball Backboard
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Basketball is a game that requires a lot of skill and practice. Yet practice is difficult without a regulation-size basketball hoop. It all starts with the backboard, and there is a guide to building your own.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Plywood
  • Paint
  • Tablesaw

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  1. 1

    Measure and mark a 72-inches-wide by 42-inches-high square on the plywood. This is the National Basketball Association's regulation size for a backboard.

  2. 2

    Cut the square out of the plywood using the table saw. Have a friend help you stabilise the plywood while you push it through the saw. Remember to be extremely careful when operating a table saw.

  3. 3

    Measure and mark a 24-inches-wide by 18-inches-high square one the cut plywood. The square should be 24 inches from the left and right side of the plywood, 18 inches from the top of the plywood, and 6 inches from the bottom of the plywood.

  4. 4

    Paint the lines of the square you marked on the plywood. This is the shooters box which is used as a guide for bank shots. The lines should be about two inches thick.

  5. 5

    Cover the entirety of the plywood with a waterproof sealant. You now have a regulation-size backboard that should last for many games.

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