Hockey: Canada’s national sport. During the winter months we cluster around TVs, rallying on the home teams, washed in pride at the soft thwack of our player’s shot hitting the back of the net. But what about the summer? Just because the pros are out hitting the links doesn’t mean we have to forget about hockey. Whether you’re practicing your top-corner snipe or post-goal celly, these miniature hockey nets are perfect for playing outside all summer long.
Start with a 2×4 sheet of acrylic. We used the cover from a fluorescent light which we purchased from Home Depot. Lay it on a sheet of 3/4 inch sheet of plywood and cut it to fit. Adhere the acrylic to the wood using PL Premium construction adhesive.
Our nets are built from copper pipe. The large outside net 1/2 inch and the inside 3/4 inch cut to your desired size and glued together with a hot glue gun. Leaving one joint unglued will allow you to slide the net over the pipe later in the project. Paint them red using a paint that will bond to metal.
We used replacement hockey mesh for netting from Canadian Tire. The small net was 10×10 squares and the large net was 19×19. Carefully singe the cut ends using a flame and string the mesh onto the pipe.
We used broom clips (from any hardware store) to hold the nets in place. Be sure to pre-drill through your acrylic.