How to Build a Ring & Hook Game

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Good old-fashioned entertainment doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. The ring and hook game is a great example. It involves only a ring suspended on a string, which you must swing onto a hook. With a little effort and some easy-to-find materials, you can make your own ring and hook game for your backyard. You’ll find it’s great for family get-togethers and neighborhood barbecues.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 planks of wood, 2-inch by 2-inch, 3 1/2 feet long
  • Steel corner brace
  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Hook eye
  • Screw-in hook
  • String
  • Metal ring or key ring

Line the two planks end to end so they form an L-shaped, 90-degree angle. Overlap the end of one piece of wood so that it is flush with the top of the second piece. Connect the planks with nails or screws.

Attach a steel corner brace to the abutting sides of the planks, using screws. Nail the structure to an upright pole or wall in an inverted "L" shape so that the top of the "L" is at least six feet off the ground. Position the planks so that the top piece is perpendicular to the pole.

Screw an eye hook into the top horizontal piece of wood, at the end. Form a loop in a piece of string. Pass the end of the string through the eye hook and back through the loop. Pass the end around the neck and into the loop to form a bowline knot. Pull the knot tight.

Screw a hook into the bottom of the vertical support plank. Ensure that the hook is facing upward. Measure the length of dangling string from the hook eye to the screw-in hook. Cut the string, leaving a couple of inches to accommodate the ring.

Pass the end of the string through a metal ring. Pass it back over the anchor strand of the string. Feed the end of the string back into the created loop. Bring the end around the anchor strand one more time and back into the loop. Pull the two half-hitch knots tight.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use a key ring if the ring is big enough.
  • You can mount the game in many different places, including the side of a garage, a patio support beam, a wooden fence, or a post in your garden.
  • If you don't want to permanently attach the game to a fixture, use a C-clamp.

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