Baseball Equipment Rack

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Introduction: Baseball Equipment Rack

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Step 1: Cut Out Wood

You are going to need a good amount of 3/4" plywood and a small 2 x 4. In total there are 10 pieces of wood, 7 of them are large pieces of plywood, 2 identical pieces of 2 x 4, and one 1 1/4" wooden dowel. They are:

  • 1- 12 1/2" Dowel
  • 1- 30" x 12"
  • 1- 30" x 21"
  • 2- 9 1/2" x 15"
  • 3- 20" x 10"

The two pieces of 2 x 4 are going to be cut into identical pieces. The overall dimensions are 2" x 3", with a 1 1/2" hole that is offset so that the neck of a bat can fit through the gap. For the 2 x 4, I used the laser engraver to make myself a nice layout of what I need to cut with the Drill Press and the Band Saw at my school.

As for they plywood and the dowel, I did not personally cut those pieces. My father works for a construction company, and I can have him get my any wood materials I need for projects. For those who don't have this advantage, an alternative solution is to use a table saw, or a skill saw to make those pieces.

Step 2: Drill Holes in Wood

Next Step is to Drill holes in the 30" x 12" plywood. Using the Power Drill and the 3/8" Drill Bit, place holes in grid formation 3 rows by 6 columns that starts 3" in from the sides and 2" in from the top and bottom. The rows should by 4" apart and the columns should be 6" apart. These holes are in place of holders for baseballs to rest in. It makes no difference if the holes go all the way through or stops somewhere in the middle.

Step 3: Screws Wood Together and Apply Dry Dex

Next comes the construction portion of the project. the two pieces that should by put together first are the 30" x 12" and the 30" x 21". When putting these together, place the 30" x 21" on the ground or flat surface, and put the other piece perpendicular to the 30" x 21" and screw them together with the Power Drill, Philips head drill bit, and the 1 1/2" screws. once those are done, next comes the sides. place 2 of the 3 20" x 10" pieces under the 30" x 12" so that they are at the edge and flush to both of the other pieces. After those are in, screw one of the two 9 1/2" x 15" pieces to the inside of the right right side at the bottom of the side. Make sure the back and the side are both flush to this bottom shelf. Next, do the same to the other 9 1/2" x 15" piece, but place it midway between the top and the bottom. Now take the final 20" x 10" piece and screw it to the other side of the shelves while also making it flush to the top and back. These shelves hold the socks and baseball pants. Next, screw on the two pieces of 2 x 3 that has the hole for the bats to be held in. These will be located on either side of the project at the front most part of both sides,and at the top of the the sides. Not next to the top piece, this will make screwing them in very difficult. Finally, take the 1 1/4" dowel and fit it into the left space of the project. this should be at the top and near the front so that a hanger can be place on the dowel and hang freely. If dowel comes out to be to large, sand it down until it fits into the space provided. After all the pieces are together, take the Dry Dex Speckle and the scraper to fill any holes that could be present due to miss drills of imperfections in the wood.

Step 4: Paint and Primer

After the Dry Dex has had time to dry, now it is time to apply the paint and prime. Some Paints do have primer already in them, but I preferred to place the two coats separately. This step is all based on personal desires of how to make the project look. I personal went with the dark brown color to match the rest on the furniture in my room. Use the roller and the brush to apply the paint and primer. Do the top, back, sides, and interior first and let it dry before moving onto the bottom so that no paint comes off when flipping the object.

Step 5: Put Hooks Into the Sides

Once the entire thing is dry, proceed to put hooks into the sides to be holders for belts and hats. The side that has three hooks at the top are for belts to hang from. The side with the four hooks is for the hats. For the hats, the hooks were curved back on themselves too much so that the hats would not go inside the hooks, rather, they would just rest on top of them. I decided to bend them out with pliers and a hammer. I had my father hold the hammer with the screw end of the hook in the claw of the hammer while i bent the hook out with the pliers. Getting the Hooks to screw into the wood was the hardest part of the whole thing. I was having a hard time for the hook to take to the wood and actual go into the wood. when placing the hooks, make sure on the hat side to place two hooks on the same plane as each other so that one hat can be place on the both of them, while also giving room for the bat to hang down the side and giving enough room for the second set of hooks for the second hat. On the other side, place the three unbent hooks along the same plane, these hook can hold any number of belts that will fit on them. But also make sure to give room for the other bat.

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