SUPER SIMPLE GLOBE GRASPS
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Let’s make some globe grasps! This is gonna be fun - and easy.
Our globe grasp recipe only calls for three basic ingredients. We’ll use some lacrosse balls, some eyebolts and some fender washers. As far as tools go, you’ll need a drill, a 3/8” bit and a long screw driver. A vice would be nice, but not entirely necessary.
Lacrosse balls are made of hard rubber and will last in the weather for years. You can find 'em at most major sporting goods retailers, like Dick's Sporting goods or Academy Sports, etc. If have some old baseballs laying around you could substitute those if you like.
Here’s the cliff notes version… drill a hole through each lacrosse ball, running the eye-bolts through and cap ‘em off with a flat washer and nut. Then hang ‘em from somewhere that will support you.
If you have a garage with exposed floor joists in the ceiling, well… there’s an option for you. Have a pull-up bar handy? Hang ‘em from there. Backyard play set? Hmmmm… lot’s of possibilities. Get creative.
If you want to make them "portable" to take with you to the gym, or to the park, you can stop by your favorite outdoors outfitter like REI, or just hit up Amazon.com, and get some carabiners used for rock climbing and some nylon runners or some lengths of rope and make some loops that you can easily wrap and clip on to any sturdy structure.
This recipe makes six grasps, but you can obviously adjust the count up or down.
OK, here’s the specifics. Use a 3/8” drill bit to drill a hole straight through the center of the ball. Be extra careful here when you’re drilling these and use some common sense about how to secure the ball when you’re drilling it.
If you happen to have a vice on a work bench, that would be a great way to secure the ball while you drill. Main point: don’t drill your hand. Be safe. Be smart.
Here’s a tip. Lacrosse balls are solid rubber, and a little tricky to drill through. We found it a bit easier to drill them after we put them in the freezer for a while. So, you may want to freeze ‘em for a few hours or overnight before drilling them.
Next, grab one of your eye bolts and work it through the hole in the lacrosse ball. We found that after we got it started in the hole, it was a lot easier to crank it through using a long screw driver as leverage.
Once you’ve got the eye bolt through, just cap it off with a 1-1/2 inch fender washer and the nut for the bolt. See? Super-simple.
Now it’s time to find somewhere to hang ‘em. If you decide to hang them from your floor joists, or something similar, drill a hole for each grasp using a 1/2” drill bit. Then use the 3/8” polypropylene rope (from the optional materials list) to tie each grasp in place.
We used a basic knot, which seemed to work fine. If you want to get more technical and go hard-core, consult your nearest Boy Scout manual or Google some knot tying tips and take your pick.
Finish off the loose ends of rope with some electrical tape to keep them from unraveling. Boom! You’re ready to rock those globe grasps!
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Notes on Materials...
You can get ALMOST everything you need for the recipe from HomeDepot, or any other local hardware store. If you have a HomeDepot handy, the list below even provides the item numbers for the parts to pick-up. Except… Lacrosse balls. They don’t have these at HomeDepot ; -)
Dick’s sporting goods typically caries lacrosse balls, and other local sports retailers in your area may have them as well.
You can also easily order lacrosse balls from Amazon and other places online. If you want to get them or order them from Dick’s - here’s a link:
DICK'S Sporting Goods 6 Pack Lacrosse Balls
You’ll probably want at least six balls. Just depends on how many grasps you want to make. This recipe calls for six. If you get more, just remember to add more eye bolts and washers to the list below. Go for it!
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