Step 1: Materials for Base
- About 4 ft. of 1/2" PVC pipe
- (x4) End caps 1/2" PVC
- (x3) Three way 1/2" PVC Splitter
- (x3) Straight 1/2" PVC Connector
- (x1) End Plug 1/2" PVC
- (x1) Set of washer and small screw
This can all be found at home depot for pretty cheap. The only piece that may be difficult to locate is the last one, I'll include some more detailed shots so you know what you're looking for.
Step 2: Making the Basket
The crux of the basket is an old fan. I used one from Target from their room essentials line. I took the fan apart to see how it worked and when I put it back together it didn't spin very fast anymore. The fan became a couple other projects before finding a home as this disc golf basket. The diameter of the fan is about 10.5" inches and the ratio between it and the diameter of the mini discs (later) is pretty true to that of a real basket and disc. Anyway, this fan works great but I'm sure you have an old one around your house or can find an old one at a Good Will.
You will also need about 8 lengths of one foot of light chain. Another pretty cheap home depot purchase.
Finally you will need some rubber bands.
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Connect the lengths of chain between the top and bottom sections of the fan evenly spaced apart. Drill a hole into the center of the top section of the basket and connect the backet to the top of the end plug with your screw and washer. To close up the hole on the bottom half of the basket you can do what ever will work for your fan. I made a little lattice with rubber bands that works very well. But a small piece of tin with a hole cut out for the pvc pipe would work as well.
Step 3: Assembly
I wrapped all of my PVC in shiny silver duct tape to make it feel more authentic. If you want to do that too, or paint, now is a good time.
Assemble the stand as shown in the photograph. The four inch pieces, end caps and 3 way connectors should make up the bottom of the base while the remaining 3 sections and 3 connectors should constitute the shaft. Connect the top of the basket with the top of the shaft using a PVC connector and your basket is assembled!
Step 4: The Discs!
Step 5: Final Words
I hope you like the basket! Its a super easy project that is great to make (and play) with kids! Please comment if you discover any other Mini Disc alternatives.