The Easiest Way to Store All Your Athletic Gear

Keep your balls in check by building this simple bin

It’s time you got a better grip on your balls.

No, not those ones. We mean the footballs, basketballs, and volleyballs scattered all over your garage.

This easy-to-build bin from Chris Lambton, host of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers, will keep all your athletic gear in one place. Here’s what you’ll need:

Tools:

Electric drill
Phillips-head bit
½-inch boring bit

Materials:

Pre-treated two-by-four lumber of the following lengths:

•    (4) 1.5 feet
•    (4) 2.5 feet
•    (4) 4 feet

Tip: Instead of cutting the lumber yourself, ask an employee at your hardware store to do it. Most large hardware stores will offer this service for free. 

Box of decking screws

(14) 36-inch bungee cords

Instructions:

  1. Build one side of the frame by making a rectangle with the 4-foot and 2.5-foot boards, using two deck screws at each corner. Repeat to build the second side.
  2. Screw the 1.5-foot boards to the inside corners of one the rectangular frames, using two screws at each corner. Repeat with the other rectangular frame.
  3. Drill ½-inch holes with your wood-boring bit across the top and bottom of your frame, making sure that each hole is spaced 6 inches apart.
  4. Stretch the bungee cords, top to bottom, across the frame.
  5. Optional: Attach bin to your garage wall using 4-inch screws. Make sure you anchor the structure to studs.

Total estimated cost: $45
Total building time: 1 hour

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