DIY backboard

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  1. sir_shanks_alot

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    I've seen a few posts on these. I have some 5/8 drywall laying around so I thought I might see what you think.

    This stuff is cheap obviously, $8/sheet so it'd be inexpensive to make. It would be under a car port, so I wouldn't have to worry about rain.
     
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  2. mike53

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    I don't know how well drywall is going to hold up, but three quarter inch plywood works fine. You can paint either one so they will last longer.
     
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  3. sir_shanks_alot

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    I'll let you know. The plan is very simple. A few hooks on the carport and few 2x4's on the back of the drywall. I'll have to stabilize the bottom, and might tilt it. This way I can get a feel for how much support it needs.

    I can't imagine it needs lots of bracing because the ball is only 2oz. It will be for hitting a rally ball only, not trying to make the ESPN highlights, haha.
     
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  4. atomicbluecivic

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    3/4" mdf + varnish will be a better choice. The MDF is really heavy and will bounce better.
     
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  5. southend

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    Think you should hit a ball against the sheetrock first -- you might be surprised how soft that stuff is.
     
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  6. Rorsach

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    Like the other guys said, drywall isn't going to hold up for long. Get a sheet on plywood, not expensive, but sooo much tougher.
     
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  7. sir_shanks_alot

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    Will do. I have to use the drywall now for a bathroom renovation anyway. ;)
     
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    MDF is heavier than plywood isn't it? From a few searches I found that 3/4plywood and 5/8 drywall are about 75#. MDF is probably a 100 or more, isn't it?

    Not sure two sheets would be enough. I also have a soft garage door behind it and don't wanna beat it up. I could get foam balls, but then that isn't really tennis is it?
     
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    3/4 is enough. No chance of hitting balls through it, unless you use a cannon :D
     
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  10. ryan380golf

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    Trampoline Frame

    I saw this old thread...

    I was on Craigslist and there are quite a few old trampolines for sale. When I look at a tennis rebounder that really is all it looks like frame wise.

    Do you think a trampoline would work as a backboard? Just set it up on edge...
     
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    Years ago in the 70's I went to a promotional "meet Rod Laver" in Short Hills NJ at a sporting goods store.
    He was promoting a tennis "backboard" of sorts that was essentially a trampoline.
    A tight net strung with bungie cords to a rectangular frame.

    I still have an autographed picture of him somewhere.
     
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  12. sir_shanks_alot

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    Haha, I was checking my old mail account and noticed the posts. I ended up building a backboard with 3 sheets of 4x8 plywood. The whole thing was about $100. Looks like the "gates of mordor" or something, haha. See attached
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  13. sir_shanks_alot

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    I built the slope at the bottom to work on volleys, but I wouldn't really recommend it. When I hit low standing 30 feet back for groundstrokes, it hits my carport ceiling and I have to retrieve the ball. [I suck at the net anyway and never practice volleys. I'm gonna beat you with groundstrokes and endurance! :) ]

    I'd recommend a adjustable tilt of some kind, probably for only those good with building. If you're not, just use like a 10 degree angle or put one or two 2x4's underneath the front to tilt it back a little.
     
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  14. sir_shanks_alot

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    Used 5/8-ish plywood which is fine if you support the wood every 2-3 feet or so. If you don't, you get "dead" spots and the ball won't come back as fast. Oh, and it's noisy!
     
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