DIY Basketball Backboard

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DIY Basketball Backboard
Backboards are easy to make. (basketball hoop image by Predrag Marcikic from Fotolia.com)

Basketball is one of America's great pastimes; it is fun to play and easy to learn. These days many people have a basketball goal in their driveway or yard and didn't spend a lot of money to buy one. It isn't hard to make your own goal, and it begins with a strong, durable backboard. Once you add a rim and a net, and mount the basketball goal in a proper location, you'll be ready to shoot some hoops.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Plywood
  • Table saw
  • Paint
  • Waterproof sealant

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure and mark a rectangle that is 6 feet wide by 3-1/2 feet high on a piece of large plywood. This is the standard size of a NBA backboard.

  2. 2

    Cut the backboard using a table saw. Have an assistant hold and stabilise the plywood while you push it through the saw. Operate the table saw with care.

  3. 3

    Measure and mark a square on the plywood backboard that is 24 inches wide and 18 inches high. Mark the square 21 inches from the top of the plywood, 3 inches from the bottom of the plywood, 24 inches from the right side of the plywood, and 24 inches from the left side of the plywood.

  4. 4

    Paint the lines that make up the square on the plywood. The lines of the square should be about 2 inches thick, the official NBA standard. This square is used as a guide for bank shots when shooting the ball.

  5. 5

    Coat the entire backboard with a waterproof sealant, covering the front, back and side edges. This will prevent water damage, and will allow you to use your backboard for years to come.

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