Intro: How to Make My Golf Ball Washer
This really is a great and ingenious golf ball washer (IMO!!).
It is easy to use, clean, store, and transport. No need to mount it on anything.
AND…it is rust proof, lightweight, and very inexpensive compared to other golf ball washers.
I hope you have as much fun making, as well as using, My Golf Ball Washer.
Step 1: You Will Require the Following PARTS:
- One tall and square-ish plastic container used for food storage, measuring approximately 4¼"W x 5"W x 6"H at the top opening (about 1.4L/48oz capacity)
- Two scrub brushes, each measuring 7”L x 2¾”W x 1½”D
- Four plastic zip ties, each measuring 7½”L
- One metal strainer, with 2½”W scoop and measuring 11½”L.
Step 2: And the Following TOOLS:
- Utility knife
- Pliers, regular or long nose
- Pliers, for cutting
- Tape measure, or Ruler
- Black marker
- Metal file
- Dremel with “Engraving Cutter” bit #107 (optional but highly recommended).
3. Using the cutting pliers, cut out a 1” - 1¼” hole in the scoop of the metal strainer.
Be careful not to cut a hole that is too wide…a golf ball should protrude, not slide through the hole.
The metal tips are a bit sharp, so use the metal file to smooth out the cut ends on the strainer.
4. Trim off about ½”L tip from one end of a scrub brush. Brush should be 6½”L now. This will help stabilise the brush in the container. The other end does not need to be trimmed.
Repeat with the second scrub brush.
5. On the 4¼”W side of the plastic container (not the 5”W side):
- Insert and hold a scrub brush inside the container, with cut end standing on bottom and centred
- Measure 4½” up from the outside bottom and mark two ¼” vertical lines that are about 2¾” apart, using the scrub brush as your guide for width (ie: markings should be at 4½” - 4¾”H from outside bottom)
- Repeat on the opposite side of the container
- Remove scrub brush.
6. Using the Dremel tool, carefully cut open the four ¼” vertical markings to make the vertical holes. Test to see if a plastic zip tie slides through…fine tune the holes as necessary. Tighter fitting holes are best.
Note: The vertical holes can also be cut using a utility knife. Use a very sharp tipped blade and keep cutting the vertical markings until you break through the plastic. This method takes plenty of elbow grease and patience, but is very do-able (this is how I made my first prototypes until I incorporated the Dremel tool).
7. Attach together two plastic zip ties by pulling the pointed tip end of one zip tie through the ratchet end of the second zip tie. Leave about 3½”L between the ratchet ends.
8. From the outside of the container, slide the pointed tip end of the second zip tie through one hole.
Insert a scrub brush inside the container, with cut end sitting on bottom and centred between the holes.
Then fit zip tie through brush bristles around to the other hole on the other side of brush.
Slide zip tie through the second hole. Now slide the tipped end through the ratchet end of the first zip tie. Adjust both zip ties until the scrub brush is tight and secure to the container. Trim off both tips with cutting pliers.
9. Repeat Steps #7-8 with second scrub brush on opposite side of the container.
10. Fill with water plus a couple drops of liquid dishwashing soap.
11. Bring on the dirty golf balls!