Introduction: Basketball Hoop

Like basketball & want a hoop? I did but I didn't want to buy one. I looked on instructables only to find there wasn't any. So I made this. It is a fairly cheap way of making a ring especially if you have some stuff lying around.

let's start building.

Please tell me of any spelling or measurement mistakes I have made and I will try to fix them.  

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Step 1: Forming the Ring

The first thing you'll need is a ring, I made this out of 12mm (1/2inch )rod but it doesn't have to be that size. A standard basketball ring diameter is 450mm (18inches).
to make the ring you'll need something to wrap it around, this should be about 400mm (16inches) as the ring will expand.
I found an old rim the right size but you may need to cut a disc out of wood. once you have your former clamp it to the bench.
As shown in pic 2 put another clamp just away from the former with the rod in between.
as shown in pic 3 slowly pull the rod around, once you have the rod pulled right around and overlapped cut the straight ends off.
use a bar clamp to squeeze the ends together, then weld it together
to finish it off put the ring on the ground and bash it flat.

Step 2: Ring Frame

bend a piece of flat metal, mine is 4mm (0.16inches) thick.
weld it to the flat spot in the ring.
cut two rods 320mm (12.8inches) long.
weld them as shown in the picture.
drill four hole to the size of the bolts you have avaliable.

If you want a netball ring you can just bolt this to a post and ignore the rest of the steps.

Step 3: Net Brackets (optional)

 if you want a net you'll have to buy it, I got mine off Ebay.
This step is not as complicated as it  looks.

1. cut 12 pieces of wire 90mm (3.6inches) long (I would recommend making a few spares as they are easy to mess up.)
2. bend them in the middle(it doesn't really matter how much as long as they're all the same)
3. clamp it along side a small piece off rod
4. bend over the wire.
5. repeat this with all pieces
6. re clamp the wire around the rod
7. bend it over
8. repeat with all pieces
9. re clamp the wire around the rod
10. bend it over (you won't be able to remove these without sliding them of the end of the rod)
11. repeat with all pieces.
12. divide you ring into 12 parts and weld the clips on.

Step 4: Backboard

cut a bit of board to size. mine isnt full size. (in the second pic there is the dimensions for a standard backboard.) 
my dimensions are 1100mm (44inches) wide by 700mm (28inches) tall by 25mm (1inch) thick. (it does not have to be this size)

mark the centre and mark your holes.

Step 5: Painting the Backboard

 once you have all your lines marked on the backboard . put masking tape along them. if you do this well it will make it neat.
if your using MDF you will need to waterproof the edges as shown in pic 2

paint in the masking tape carefully.

pull off the masking tape after you have done enough coats that it looks nice.

Step 6: Painting the Ring

 to start with you'll need to sand the metal clean. I used a sanding disk on an angle grinder.
 the ring shouldn't be black or white so stands out from the backboard. Normally the ring is orange or red. 
a spray can will make this a lot easier to paint.

Step 7: Assembeling

joining it all together.

bolt the ring to the backboard.
clip the net on.

Step 8: Mounting

 this would be great for the side of a shed or house but if you want a pole you can make that your self.
I am mounting mine to our patio. I just used real heavy duty wood screws. 
A standard Basketball ring should be 3meters(10feet) of the ground.

I am not responsible for any damage you do to yourself, your gear or your house/sheds.

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Happy shooting.
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