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  • 1/2 scale Mini Lane Specs and Ideas for Portability

    It's been great seeing everyone's works-in-progress photos and stories. Has anyone compiled a set of specs for their lane? I'm interested in knowing things like dimensions of the pit area, how far forward you mounted the masking unit to allow room for pinsetters and other components, etc.

    I live out in California where no one has basements, so I'm trying to come up with a scheme to build the lane in modular sections, raised about a foot off the ground on legs made from 4x4s, sturdy enough so there's no wobbling, but portable enough that they can be stored out of the way. I don't think my wife would like a permanent 25 foot beast on our back patio, but I might be able to convince her if the bulk of the lane can be moved or taken down easily. The pin deck/mask/pit module could be left in place and covered with a tarp. Seems like typical home door hinges could be used to join sections in perfect alignment with each other, then just pull the pins to separate them for storage. You could also remove a lane module or two to shorten the lane up for small children (I have a 15-month-old who needs to begin training soon).

    My local bowling center was swapping out some of their cracked Anvilane panels and gave me several of the t-shaped sections that include the last 5 feet of approach and first 7 feet or so of lane. That would yield me 3 sections of 7' mini lane plus enough scrap material for a pin deck, kickbacks and a scorekeeping table.

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    Here is a link to a pdf that will give you all of the specs that you could possibly need for your lane
    http://www.6and2bowling.com/newslett...ualaug2003.pdf

    These are specs for a full size lane, so for a half scale, you simply divide all measurements by half, and you have the perfect to scale mini lane.
    If it can't be fixed with a hammer, try a bowling pin! They're heavier and more surface area for whacking!

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      I am going to post a powerpoint presentation with all the specs for a mini bowling lane and illustrated pictures coming soon

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