Hello Everyone! Want To Build Your Own Quality Basket?
I’m proud to now be apart of Dogleg Disc Golf!
My name is Destin and I’m originally from the Ann Arbor area of Michigan, but currently reside in Marietta, GA for school. I’ve been playing DG for about 5 years, and love every facet of the sport.
Back in 2010 I designed and built my own basket. The cost was less than $100, and the feeling of using your own basket beats buying one any day; and it truly works just as well as a basket at the park.
Below is my original post I put on my own Michigan Blog a couple years ago. I hope everyone can use the information to make their own backyard basket!
It may not be worth it to spend a lot of time making your own basket when nowadays a portable basket is not much more more than the cost of this basket, but I certainly want everyone who views Dog Leg Disc Golf to have this option.
And always remember that all questions are welcome!
Enjoy the Greenleaf Basket! Named after the road it was designed and made on.
– Original post: 2010 –
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You can probably figure out a lot just from the pictures (pictures are below… if dimensions are cut off, click ’em), but here is a bit more detail.
The top piece is a PVC cap that fits over 2″ PVC (the hole is 2″). I suggest a cap that isn’t hollow. It gathers too much water.
The wood piece is treated plywood. The thickness is to your liking. I suggest 1″, this is what I used. Make sure it’s treated! Cut and sand the way you prefer. The diameter of the wood is 23″.
The opening between the top and basket is 22″.
I have 24 chains. Screw eyelets hold the chains. My chains aren’t as heavy as they could (or should) be, but they seem to work just as well as a Mach III. From the pictures you can tell the gauge. A trip to Home Depot or Lowe’s will tell you the right chain to buy. I suggest Home Depot since I was able to buy the length I needed off of a roll; not already packaged. 12 chains on the outside–17 links, 8 in the middle–16 links, and 4 for the inner–15 links. When constructing you will know the proper length–just make it look like a disc basket!
The basket is a whiskey barrel liner bought at Menard’s (23″ opening, 5 or so inches deep.. perfect measurements are not too important. Just want to keep those discs in!). If you don’t have a Menard’s in your area, call around and ask if they have whiskey barrel liners. These liners are cheap and perfect.
Once you get one, cut a hole the size of the outside diameter of the PVC in the middle. drill or puncture holes all over (1/2 inch or so) to make sure water doesn’t gather. As long as your holes aren’t larger than a disc, you’re all good!
PVC couplings were used above and below against the barrel liner. This was for easy breakdown and hold of the liner/basket.
A bolt was driven through the bottom coupling into the 4-way splitter… I think there is an actual name for the splitter, but it escapes me right now!
Four 45 degree angle pieces were used to connect to the legs.
The legs were cut at a 45 degree angle on a saw to insure flat stabilization.
23″ DIAMETER TOP/PLYWOOD (1″ TREATED)
23″ BASKET/WHISKEY BARREL LINER (HORIZONTAL OPENING)
22″ CATCH OPENING (WHERE THE DISC HITS! … THIS IS BOTTOM OF PLYWOOD TO TOP OF BASKET)
10.5″ BETWEEN BOTTOM OF BASKET TO QUAD LEG-SPLIT
30″ TOP OF BASKET (BARREL LINER) TO GROUND
OVERALL: COMPLETE BASKET SHOULD BE APPROX. 52″ TALL
This isn’t the best way to show how to make a well made basket (and trust me it is a great basket!), but it’s the best I can do at the moment.
If you have ANY questions email me! I would be more than happy to share thoughts on a wonderful homemade recipe for a just-as-good-as-the-park disc golf basket!
This first picture is the original basket that was a bit too tall, and with an unstable wood base. The directions above are for the pictures following the initial picture. I posted the initial picture to get an entire view of the basket.