April 26, 2021 4 min read

DIY Ladder Ball & Other Inspiring Spring Projects 

 

Every week we look at customer builds that have been shared with us through email, social media, our Maker Pipe Connect community page, and reviews on the website. We feature these builds in a YouTube series called Maker Pipe Monday. This week we have six creative projects by makers in the community. Let's get into it!  

 

DIY Batting Cage

 

DIY Batting Cage

 

Last week we featured a backyard batting cage, and this one's in the front yard! Mickey drew out a design and got to work making the impressive frame out of EMT conduit, T Connectors, 45 Degree Connectors, and 90 Degree Connectors. It stands at 43 feet long! He then added artificial grass and netting, completing the wonderful build. There are many pictures of the whole process on his post in the community page, so it's worth checking out. Thanks for posting, Mickey! 

 

DIY 9 Square Court

 

DIY 9 Square Court

 

Our next post is by Mark, who made a 9 square court for the school he works at. If you haven't heard of 9 square, it's a game that combines elements of another schoolyard game, 4 square, and volleyball. In 9 square, the court is above ground, with the objective being to hit the ball into someone else's square with the one chance you get. Mark made this court out of conduit, 90 Degree Connectors, and 4 Way Connectors. This is a nice build, and sure to be a great source of fun. Thanks Mark! 

 

DIY RV Sunshade 

 

DIY RV Sunshade  

When trying to enjoy nature's splendor in the morning or later in the day, the last thing you want is to be blinded by the sun whole time. Kathy decided to fix this problem by creating a sun shade for her RV. She made the frame out of conduit, some wood, and 2 T Connectors, then she added a shade cloth. She also added a flower pot with a piece of PVC in it to place the vertical conduit rod in, which offers support and a bit of decoration, too. Thanks for sharing, Kathy!

 

3D Printed Cord Hangers

 

3D Printed Cord Hangers

 

Randy, who has made many things with Maker Pipe, has made this great 3D printed clip for holding things like wires and cords. The top fits perfectly onto a piece of conduit, while the bottom can be used to hold an array of things. One of the best things about it is the fact that it's reusable, meaning you don't have to keep using things like zip ties to hold your wires and whatnot in place. If you'd like to print it and try it out for yourself, you can do so here. We're grateful for the many builds Randy has shared, and look forward to future ones. We've done an interview with Randy if you'd like check it out here. Thanks for posting! 

 

DIY Ladder Ball Game 

 

DIY Ladder Ball Game

 

With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of more outdoor games and activities as well!  Here we have a setup for another game known as ladder ball, where you throw bolas at ladders like the ones built here. Your score depends on which rung your bola lands on. Wade designed these ladders with Maker Pipe Minis, then made the real thing out of conduit and T Connectors. This will no doubt be another source of fun during the warmer months. Thanks for sharing, Wade! 

 

DIY Cross Stitch Stand

 

DIY Cross Stitch Stand  

 

Last but certainly not least, we have a build posted by Matthew, who is not only a Kickstarter backer but has also posted many great builds to the community page (we've also done an interview with Matthew that you can check out here). His wife likes to cross-stitch on the couch and watch TV (which sounds like a very cozy hobby), but holding the fabric frame while doing French Knots was proving to be quite difficult, so he made this stand for her.

 

DIY Cross Stitch Stand

 

The frame is made out of conduit and T Connectors. The top can be tilted up or down and the long arm of the stand can be brought forward or backwards. It's simple but provides a very nice solution. Thank you Matthew! 

 

Comments of the Week

 

Comment of the Week

 

We always love seeing your comments, so please continue to send them in! This week we have some comments on our recent "New Problem Solving Accessories!" video. There are suggestions for stickers, more t-shirt designs, and a steel version of the quick release telescoping fitting shown in the video, all of which are great suggestions. Thanks to everyone who commented! 

 

Conclusion

 

Seeing all of the great builds that have been shared with us is the highlight of our week, and we look forward to what the community will do in the future. If you'd like to share your own project you can do so via email at [email protected], social media with #makerpipe, and you can of course post it to the Maker Pipe Connect community page. The video version of this blog is listed below. Thanks and happy building!