Introduction: New Stakes for My Grass Volleyball Net in 30 Minutes or Less @ TechShop San Jose!

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So... I needed some stakes (as my old ones have been beaten and are just embarrassing) for my Grass Volleyball net.

1/2 diameter Rebar
1/8" thick steel washer or discs (in this case Ryan used the water jet to cut them out of some angle iron I found)

Machines Used @ TechShop San Jose:
Hot Saw
Mig Welder
Fixture table (welding table... that I cleaned after I was done BTW)
Bench Grinder
Pedestal Disc Sander

Hand Tools/misc items used:
Hammer (just in case... hammers can fix anything!)
Vice grip
Tape measure
Welding Helmet, gloves, general protection
Fixture/hold down (magnet and clamp)
Safety glasses & ear plugs too!

Skills Required:
Mad welding skills
Grinding/Sanding Action
(Someone who is signed off on the waterjet already since I want to make it yesterday!) Thanks Ryan.

All done @ TechShop San Jose!

Step 1: Didn't Have Washers or Discs Handy... So Waterjet Time

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Ryan was good enough to help me out and cut the discs I needed from some angle iron I found. Approximately 1.75" diameter.

He had to rig some clamps to get it done.

Afterwards it was a few simple taps with a hammer to get them free.

Step 2: Measure and Cut!

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Next I cut the rebar... These are about 9" long each.

Hot Saw time!

Step 3: Let's Grind! And... Err Sand!

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Worked the rebar, cleaning them up and shaping the tips to make it easier to drive them into the earth....

I used the bench grinder to remove most of the material and get the rough shape, finished off with the pedestal disc sander to make it so shiny and smooth!

I also smoothed out the edges of the discs (stake heads) so they won't cut my nylon guide ropes.

I used a vice grip to keep things in hand. Always secure your stuff properly when you grind, cut, etc. (seems lame to mention)... but seriously I have seen more than a few people get SURPRISED grinding parts.

Step 4: Fixture and Weld!

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Using our super awesome precision welding tables... (I didn't really do anything precision, but you definitely can!)

I clamped some 1/8 material to the table to offset the a 90 degree magnet to hold the rebar up and straight. 

The spacer gave me clearance for the head of the stake to rest flat on the table and not interfere with the magnet.

Then a few zaps from the mig...

Step 5: Done! Game Time!

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After welding you may need to clean them up like I did, but if you take the time to setup the mig you can make it clean and just be done with it.

Of course I put all my stuff away, and CLEANED THE WELDING TABLE. (Don't forget to purge your gas lines!)

I made these right before I was supposed to meet people at the park to play... so in and out of the TechShop!

The stakes are super awesome to see (at least I think so) So I made it a point to tell and show all my friends who play on my net that I made my stakes @ TechShop San Jose! (Right before I smash a leather sphere into their smiling faces!)


lime3D (author)2012-10-19

Very nice instructable.

My comments to follow are in no way a criticism of your idea, or your instructable (I really hate it when people rag on an author here).

I just wanted to share another idea that I've been using for years to hold down tents, canopies, and event those big airblown yard displays.

Found these at the dollar store.

useraaaaa (author)2012-10-16

Spend less than $5

people you need to go to elementary school

l8nite (author)2012-08-01

Welcome to the insanity of being an instructables poster ! Most of my area of Florida doesn't have soil, just some kind of dirty sand, metal spikes like these would just pull out so it's either 2' of rebar or about a foot of 1/2" pvc which does stay in the ground

dchall8 (author)2012-07-31

Yours are great if you have the tools.  I just use these 12-inch spikes from Lowe's.  They're about $0.50 or so.

rcolet (author)dchall82012-07-31

Thanks dchall, since I have access here @ TechShop anyway, I couldn't help myself. I'm a bit of over achiever, I built an earlier set of stakes for soft soil but those were tired after 20 years of use... I paid $3 for the rebar & found the angle iron.
I hit my goals for the project...
1. Make my first instructable!
2. Play Volleyball that day
3. Spend less than $5
4. Use recyclable materials and/or repurpose materials
5. Make something cooler than the norm!

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Bio: Born to build... raised making things... fixing things... Built some cool stuff, looking to build even cooler stuff @ TechShop San Jose!
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