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I built this in my spare time to help my dad who has a bad back. We would play ping pong together and the ball would come off the table, and he would always have to bend down and pick it up. So I invented the ping pong ball retrieval claw.

Step 1: Create the Pole Part

First you need to create the pole part. It is made from 4 grays and 4 purple connectors and 8 white pecies.
How many of these you make will depend on the hight of the person using it.

Step 2: Create End Handle Part

Well this is pretty simple, just create the end handle (as shown in picture).

Step 3: Create the Front Claw Part

Again just make the end claw part.

Step 4: Finally Assemble It All Together

Assemble the end handle part to the pole, and that to the claw.

YOUR DONE!!!

HAPPY PING PONG BALL RETRIEVING!!!

Step 5: VIDEO!!!


It would be nice if you were to mention KNEX somewhere since that is the product you're using. The title might be a good place. At least it's not a gun.
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Very impressive adam! You should make this an Instructable! Not that I'd necessarily look at it since 'Knex' tends to put me off... Now, if you could only create a cooling chamber or install it in the fridge somehow with an extended trigger for front access.
Adams dead!
That would be pretty nice and thank you
i just made it! it's great, and i put some mods that made it even better :)
Sweet
thats a sick thing. nice to see some thing knex thats not a gun everyonce and a while. (not a knex hater)
what the heck does that have to do with a ping pong retreiver?!
Like the "Ping Pong Retriever", It is not a gun.
you've probably already heard this but plz plz post it.
post it plz, i know it's been a year, but jesus christ POST
The very first word in the title is knex........
read the title...
awesome nice thinking i moded the handel a bit
that was a very cool and creative way to help your father. good job!
Now a tennis ball one? Maybe?
Is it my imagination, or is this actually a <em>useful</em> K'Nex Instructable?<br/>
be quiet!:P
I really like this. It works very well.
the soda dispenser and the tank were kewl but this isnt tht kewl.where does it pick up the ball.u dont have a moveable claw.so it cant pick up the ball.plz make a video showin how it works.it makes no sense 2 me.
it sticks to the green connectors
I made a video.
good job man! i made a stuffed animal/ball(bigger ball) picker upper cause of my dogs stuff but i give credit 2 u!
thanks so much!
simple but clever..
Nice.
While I certainly don't look at every K'Nex instructable that gets posted, this one caught my eye. Its so nice to see K'Nex being used for things besides weapons - they obviously have a lot of potential, and this looks like a great project. Nice work!
What do you have against knex guns, Las vegas? We are just a bunch of people who test our design skills and have fun by making knex guns.
I fixed it.
Sorry I kinda forgot to mention that.
Wow, a simple solution to a simple problem, but unfortunately i wont be making it because i dont have a ping pong ball, but my friend does, but when i play with him, the ball always goes over the wall. But great instructable, very simple, very good!

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