How to Build a Bowling Ball Rack

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Bowling balls are generally precious to their owners and are kept safe on a rack until used.
Bowling balls are generally precious to their owners and are kept safe on a rack until used. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Bowling dates back to ancient Egypt, but became popular in the United States in the late 1800s, early 1900s. It is considered a gentle recreational exercise, and the heavy balls are recognized as similar to free weights, and have similar benefits. For the avid bowler, a rack is a must for storing these heavy balls. By placing treasured balls on a rack, they can be stored and easily accessed any time for a game or for cleaning.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 2-inch by 6-inch by 4-feet high wood boards
  • 4 2-inch by 2-inch by 2-inch 4-foot long wood boards
  • 2 4-inch by 2-inch by 2-inch 2-foot long wood boards
  • Measuring tape
  • 14 1-inch long wood nails
  • Hammer
  • Sanding paper

Set the 2 2-inch by 6-inch by 4-feet high wood boards on their sides, 4-feet apart, with the 2-inch width touching the workspace and the opposite 2-inch width facing upwards.

Place one of the 2-inch by 2-inch by 2-inch 4-foot long wood boards at the top of the 2 2-inch by 6-inch by 4-feet high wood boards. Nail it in to the boards on either end with two nails.

Place another 2-inch by 2-inch by 2-inch 4-foot long wood board at the bottom of the 2 2-inch by 6-inch by 4-feet high wood boards. Nail it in to the boards with two nails at either end.

Measure 10-inches up from the top of the bottom 2-inch by 2-inch by 2-inch 4-foot long wood board. Place another 2-inch by 2-inch by 2-inch 4-foot long wood board at the measurement. Nail it in, with two nails on either side, to the 2 2-inch by 6-inch by 4-feet high wood boards.

Measure 10-inches up again from the top of the second 2-inch by 2-inch by 2-inch 4-foot long wood board. Place another 2-inch by 2-inch by 2-inch 4-foot long wood board at the measurement. Nail it in, with two nails on either side, to the 2 2-inch by 6-inch by 4-feet high wood boards. There should now be four -inch by 2-inch by 2-inch 4-foot long wood boards nailed in to the 2 2-inch by 6-inch by 4-feet wood boards on either side, creating a rack-like structure.

Nail in one 4-inch by 2-inch by 2-inch 2-foot long wood board to the bottom of one 2-inch by 6-inch by 4-feet wood boards, perpendicular to the 2-inch by 2-inch by 2-inch 4-foot long wood boards. This creates one of the feet for the structure to stand on. Repeat this step with the other 4-inch by 2-inch by 2-inch 2-foot long wood board on the other side of the structure.

Set the rack, upright, on the 4-inch by 2-inch by 2-inch 2-foot long wood boards, which act as feet. Sand all the sharp edges down with the sandpaper. The rack is now ready to use.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you desire a more finished look to the utilitarian ball rack, stain it with a wood stain and allow it to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Always be careful when working with hammer and nails, as hammering can be dangerous to limbs.

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