How to Build a Windmill for Mini Golf
Miniature golf is a recreational sport enjoyed by hundred of thousands of people every year. Every resort town in the world has a miniature golf course, and families everywhere flock to the collection of fun themed holes for a round of golf and fun. No miniature golf course is complete without the legendary windmill hole.
Sketch out a design of your windmill. Most feature a small base section decorated at the top with four windmill paddles.
Build the base by nailing the two-by-fours together, making a square. Nail the plywood over the sides of the square.
Cut out four "paddles" for the windmill. Use a marker to draw the shape of the paddle on the plywood, then cut out with a jigsaw. The paddles should be approximately 2 feet long by 5 inches wide.
Screw the lag bolt into the top of the base structure. Drill a single hole at the base of each of the paddles, approximately 1 inch from the bottom.
Put a washer over the lag bolt, then place each of the paddles over the lag bolt. Spread the paddles so they are equidistant from one another, creating a fan pattern. Put a second washer on top of the paddles, followed by a nut. Screw tightly so the paddles are in place but rotate freely.
Spray paint the base structure and the paddles. Use bright colors. Consider freehand painting a couple of windows and a door. Set the structure over the miniature golf course hole.
Spend some time with your paint--the fancier the paint job, the more impressive the windmill.
Always wear eye protection when using a saw. Make sure you spray paint the windmill in a well-ventilated area to avoid dangerous fumes.
- Spend some time with your paint--the fancier the paint job, the more impressive the windmill.
- Always wear eye protection when using a saw.
- Make sure you spray paint the windmill in a well-ventilated area to avoid dangerous fumes.
Dan Ames has been a professional writer for nearly 20 years and has won national and international awards for creativity. He received a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin and has been published in a variety of magazines, journals and websites, including eHow and Pluck on Demand.