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Thread: My Backyard Rink...

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    My Backyard Rink...

    (Not exactly Fine Woodworking, but quick, easy, and loads of fun!)

    A Recipe For Winter Fun
    Ingredients

    1. One backyard. Flatness is more important than size.
    2. Cold Winter weather. Several nights of -10c are best.
    3. A bunch of 2x8 (or 2x6 or 2x10) boards
    4. One large tarpaulin. (Or some heavy plastic.)
    5. Water. Plenty of it.
    6. The means to restrain impatient kids for a few days while it freezes.

    Mix Well. Wait 3-5 days, depending on how cold things are.
    Add some skates, serve to your kids, and enjoy.

    I picked up eight 2x8x8' boards, and two 2x8x10' boards to frame my rink. This gave us a rink of about 14x26'. This is a bit on the small side for adults, but big enough for kids. It is also the largest that I could fit in the flat part of my backyard.

    The first time you fill it, it'll probably take a few days to freeze solid, unless it is exceptionally cold. Two-three inches of water is a lot to freeze. After that, we just kept spraying on a thin later of water each night. We want to build it up to a good 4" thick or more, to help it last as long as possible. Remember to bring your hose inside so it doesn't freeze!!

    More info and photos Here

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    Art.

    Thank you so much for the trip down memory lane.

    When I was but a tot, my family lived in Calgary, AB and Edmonton, AB for a few years. My father built a rink for us each winter and I learned to skate and play hockey on those backyard playgrounds. Great fun.

    I also remember the grade schools that did much the same thing on a much larger scale...the spring time sports field was turned into a ice rink that we enjoyed on breaks from learning how to write with those pens you had to dip into the ink well.

    Thank you.

    Doug

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    Art,

    Where's the Zamboni? (bet you're surprised a Texan even knows what one is)

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    Art,

    I had almost forgotten these things exist. When I was a little tyke in NJ our local volunteer fire department used to make one every winter behind the fire house - had to be over 100' long! (no shortage of water or hoses to fill it with )
    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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    I tried my darndest to play hockey, there was a big barn in the area that the owner would flood for us kids to play hockey in....since I couldn't skate very well (actually it was probably nonexistant)I tried to be a goalie....wasn't very good so I stuck with Football and Basketball.

    Bet the kids love it Art.
    A very wise man once said.......
    "I'll take my chances with Misseurs Smith and Wesson. "

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    I remember the park district did the same thing by the grade school when I was a child. Somedays I wish we could go back to that time, knowing what I know now. That would be cool, I will keep thinking on it.

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    Memories

    Remembering freezing the butt off to make rinks for the kids 20 years ago. And also that I could use it as well. Funny looking hockey stick on the ice there
    Marty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Flore View Post
    Funny looking hockey stick on the ice there
    Marty
    Really? I dunno, with a hole saw I think it'd make a pretty challenging putting "green", don't you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecil Arnold View Post
    Art,

    Where's the Zamboni? (bet you're surprised a Texan even knows what one is)
    I was not surprised. I have a snowmobiling friend that lives in Huston. Yes Huston Texas. He has a camp in Jackman, Maine and gets more sledding miles in a year than I do. When you ask him about his mileage he'll say

    "About 3200 miles on the sled and 27,000 on the Cesna," as he owns his own plane.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Steve Ash said:
    I tried my darndest to play hockey, there was a big barn in the area that the owner would flood for us kids to play hockey in....since I couldn't skate very well (actually it was probably nonexistant)I tried to be a goalie....wasn't very good so I stuck with Football and Basketball.
    I'm not a good skater, either. Try broomball - that's a lot of fun, and you don't need skates.

    Cheers,

    Kevin

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