Building a hockey net for home use can be an inexpensive alternative to purchasing one. Many materials can be used for constructing the net frame. PVC pipe makes a very light frame, but it is easily knocked over. A wood frame made of 2-by-2's is a little heavier but much sturdier. Wood frames also require only minimal woodworking and construction skills. Official NHL goal dimensions require an opening 72 inches wide and 48 inches tall measured from the inside of the posts.
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Things you need
- 3 72-inch pieces of 2 by 2 wood
- 2 50½-inch pieces of 2 by 2 wood
- 2 44-inch pieces of 2 by 2 wood
- 2 18-inch pieces of 2 by 2 wood
- 1 54-inch piece of 2 by 2 wood
- 3-inch wood nails
- Circular or hand saw
Lay one 72-inch wood section between the ends of the two 50.5-inch wood sections to form a U shape and nail the pieces together. This will form the front of the goal, with the 50.5-inch sections being the side posts and the 72-inch section being the crossbar.
Lay one 72-inch wood section between the ends of the two 44-inch wood sections to form a second U shape and nail the three pieces together. This will form the bottom of the goal, with the 44-inch pieces being the sides and the 72-inch piece forming the back of the bottom of the goal frame.
Lay one 72-inch wood section between the ends of the two 18-inch wood sections forming a third U shape and nail together. This will form the top of the goal frame with the 18-inch pieces being the sides and the 72-inch piece being the back of the top section.
Lay the bottom of the goal frame on the ground and place the front of the goal frame against it so the ends of the 50.5-inch wood pieces are on the ground and perpendicular to the ends of the 44-inch pieces. Nail the ends together, through the front of the front frame sections and into the ends of the bottom frame sections.
Have someone hold the top frame so the ends of the 18-inch wood pieces are perpendicular to the top ends of the 50-inch wood sections (the crossbar end). Nail the top frame in place as you did the bottom frame piece.
Trim the ends of the 54-inch wood section so it fits as a rear brace between the 72-inch crossbar at the back of the bottom frame and the 72-inch crossbar at the back of the top frame. Nail the brace into place to complete the frame.
Attach the net around the frame using wood nails or staples.
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