I need to build a cabinet to store numerous basketballs, rollerblades,
hockey sticks, etc. I have been surfin the garage organizer web sites,
and got some good ideas. I am thinking of building a tall cabinet, two
doors with lots of shelves, slide out drawers, etc. I am not to sure of
how to handle the basketball's. One ball would take up an entire
drawer/shelve. Any ideas? Maybe something attached to the outside of the
carcass? Any ideas on plans?
Well, yes, Matt.
Hanging ball nets on the side or stuffing them in a basket falls outside the
parameters of the question.
Anything other than making a shelf a little wider than the radius of the ball
with a raised edge to keep the ball from rolling out is going to take up more
than minimal room. I suppose a dowel could be used in place of a shelf.
Other than that , yes, let the air out and fold them up. The air eventually
looses it bounce and needs changing anyway, doesn't it?
It is worth paying the extra money up front for the better quality air. The
cheap stuff has virtually no bounce. But if you intend to inflate/deflate
around each use, (which we all know is a delusional daydream), an honest
value analysis might conclude you go with the cheaper "import" air. Now,
how to store that in bulk?????
I would think that carefully dried air would compress more
readily and retain its bounce better than the cheap muggy
imported air. I would suggest storing each basketball's air in a
dedicated same-shape tank at the same volume/pressure at which
you intend to use it to minimize the effects of shape memory.
Note that if you use flexible tanks for storage, you will be able
to collapse and fold the tank for storage while the basketball is
Ikea (kids' section) do a hanging mesh tube, with internal dividers
and access holes in the sides. It might not be what you're looking for
here, but it's a really good way to store a large number of inflated
footballs / basketballs, and in minimal floorspace.
Also makes a cat hammock (but that's a weird cat).
Shelves from ply or MDF with a 6 - 8 inch hole to contain the basketballs could
be mounted on the sides. You could also make a shelf as above with legs (like a
small stool or a dog dish holder) that sits on top of the cabinet or on the
Another option is to put the basketballs in a drawstring bag and hang on a hook
or peg on the outside of cabinet. Could also use a pillowcase or an old
Take out the TRASH for E-mail.
Yep, thought about that. If I store them in the cabinet, maybe a deep
basket that would hold a few balls, on a sliding shelf. I do like the
idea of storing them on the outside. I would like to hang the hockey
sticks outside also.
Lee Gordon wrote:
Sonotube fastened to the side of the cabinet of the length you desire.
Velcro strap on bottom to keep from valling out. If you want to get
fancy, you could ditch the sonotube and make a clear tube out of 1/8"
or thinner plexiglass.
They sell commercial versions of this idea that attaches to the
basketball post. some have a cap on top to keep out the rain, and some
Only tangentially related - I took thought I'd build cabinets w/ doors for
the garage. A few minutes with CutList plus convinced me that I couldn't do
it cheaper than that famous Irish Furniture maker "O'Sullivan". A trip to
Lowes, and a few hours on Saturday, and I had 7' of garage cabinets w/
Yea - more particleboard crap.
But it does look better than what I had before.
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