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So, you are out on your rink one day shooting the puck around and it keeps getting caught in the corner of the rink because your frame has square corners. Here is one way to make that be a problem of the past...

 

Round corners!

The concept seems so simple, but just how does one make round corners? While I can think of a few ways to do this, I can only comment on how I made mine this year.

Examples of making round corners…

·Construct the square corners and bend a sheet of plywood inside the corner to round it out

·Use 4 short pieces of your framing to make angled edges until it turns the corner

·Use “kerf” cuts in a board to allow it to bend

·Buy molded round corners

·Build rounded frames with plywood and 2x2's and attach bendable plywood to the inside face

I went with the last option as I truly wanted rounded corners and didn’t want to spend a fortune getting them. Nor did I know how to make “kerf” cuts properly and didn’t want to have the square frame protruding beyond the rounded ones.

I started with a piece of cardboard that I drew a 3 foot square on. I used a pushpin, string and a pencil to draw a ¼ circle that has a 3 foot radius. I then shortened the string by 1-½ inches and drew the ¼ circle again. I cut out the drawn shape and used it as my template for my frame.

I got a piece of ¾” plywood and traced the needed pieces onto it and cut them out. You will use one for the top of the frame and one for the bottom of the frame. I ended up cutting 12 as I have to go around a tree and wanted ALL corners to be rounded (pics coming soon!). Once I had the top and bottom of the frames I used 2x2’s to make the uprights to go between the top and bottom. I used 5 uprights per corner. I cut the uprights so that the entire frame would be the same height as a 2x12 (uprights cut to 10 inches). I screwed the top and bottom to the uprights making a curved ladder of sorts.

I ripped a sheet of luaun (¼ “ plywood) to be 11-½ inches by 8 feet and used that to cover the inside face of the corner, removing the excess. I then painted the entire thing with an exterior primer/sealer in hopes that the luaun will take the weather better being sealed/painted.

My total cost was $63 for six corners.

The finished corner(s) look like this…

 

 

 

I’ll update this page after the season is over as to how my corners held up. I am a bit unsure of the luaun in an exterior situation, but time will tell.

Update!
October 2, 2007

I found a few cans of spray paint in the shed and decided to paint the outside of the frames with it. It is a tan(ish) color. I sealed all the gaps with caulking first trying to make sure no water gets to the luaun and causes it to peal. After painting the corners and allowing them to dry I realized that the tan color was attracting quite a bit of sun and heating the luaun. I had a sheet of 2 inch styrofoam insulation laying around, so I cut it to fit the pockets of the framing and caulked them in place. So now I have insulated corners.

Update!
April 2008

The corners held up quite well. There were a couple dings in the luaun from the puck being drilled at them, but nothing that broke through. I have them covered with a scrap of liner for the off-season. Looking forward to using the round corners again next year.

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