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    Tennis Wall Help!

    My 3 sons are becoming interested in tennis and I would like to build a tennis wall. I would like to use 3 4x8 sheets of plywood but I don't know where to go from there. I need to know how to make them foldable to go over the second door of my garage. I could either hang them or attach them to the garage. Any suggestions would help!

    thanks,

    Pete
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    Hi Pete ,
    Sounds like a real worthwhile endeavor.
    At the places I'm familiar with the backboard is 3/4" ply, which immediately makes me think 3 sheet, folded are too heavy to deal with safely. Maybe some type of quick connect to the adjoining piece, throw bolt?/, gate hardware? with loose pin hinge? mounted on plates so you can use longer screw/lags. Standing them up securely is another problem. Brainstorm with the boys, that way they can help and experience the planning, manufacture and evolution of "their own wall". Does that seem possible?
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    Thanks for the input Robert!
    I have found this while searching so I think I might lean in this direction. I will probably not make it foldable and just wheel it into the carport when not in use.
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    nice driveway and garage, bigger than the size of my entire home property.
    Id build a 4x4 frame for base,3/8th lag screws to hold together, only a 4 foot sqare wide base for center board, attach a 2x4 frame to back of center board, some diagonal supports attach to base.(plum that center board perfect)
    Id make the base around 4 feet square, on 3-4 inch heavy duty locking casters, attach the 2 side boards with heavy hinges, attaching the hinges first to 3/4 very oversized plates, then attach the plates to the back of the plywood walls. The 2 sides could fold in, and you could just push it to the side when not in use. (I have a tiny property, so everything is on wheels)
    only an amateur suggesting this.
    paint it, measue out a white line for the net height, youd be done in half a day.

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    holy moly, you posted the same time.dont buy it, build it, buy a used dolly for the castors for 3 bucks, youre set.

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    Hi Pete ,
    Nice thinking and a good find. Allen was being helpful with his thoughts. Way to go Allen!
    Good luck , Happy Father's Day!
    Shaz
    P.S. Hey Pete, Did one of the boys give you that "shiner"?
    It's a beaut!
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    Thanks Robert and Happy Father's Day to you.

    I got the shiner last summer making a baseball bat on the lathe without a steady rest!
    "Small Change got rained on with his own 38"

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    Hey Pete, Like I said that's a Beaut!
    Hopefully no long time damage to the eye. I guess you could be a pirate!
    Kidding aside, that is an experience worth sharing here. I am sure you were not expecting it and that is when so many accidents happen. Never know, your depiction of what happened could save someone a worse fate.
    Just a thought.
    Take care and let me know if I can help some way.
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    a few years back, I had 2 sheets of ply painted white, I put them on two seperate sleds I made with a circular saw, a hammer and a box of nails.Id slide them together and it would be my outdoor movie screen. I was thinking something along those lines.

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    That is kinda what I am thinking too. I was wondering if I should use MDO instead of plywood.
    "Small Change got rained on with his own 38"

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