Fun Outdoor Water Game! How to Build a Soaker Seat
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Fun Outdoor Water Game! How to Build a Soaker Seat

October 26, 2019


anybody else out there having a hot
summer I got a solution for you I”ll be here all day waiting for you all right so let me show you how I made
the Soaker seat yeah y’all need to make this big thank you to
this videos sponsor which is Kiwi Co stay tuned for after the build to hear more
about their very awesome service actually before jumping right into the
build let me cover some of the features so that you have an understanding of the
parts as I’m making them the idea is based off of a traditional dunk tape
where somebody hits the target and then somebody else gets wet however instead
of falling into a tank of water when then the target has hit the water jumped
right on their heads – a sturdy wooden frame that can support a built-in seat
and a larger container of water to flapper valves that release a lot of
water when the target has head then even an automatic refill option so you can
leave the hose on and the container will automatically start refilling for the
next turn okay so let’s go ahead and start on the build
first things first was to build the frame I made mine from two by fours and
started by cutting them down to size out my miter saw one side is cut with an
angle on it so that it will lean then the other side is cut at a much steeper
angle one that is actually too much for my miter saw so I cut these by hand with
a circular saw placing it on my orbital mobile workbench I clamped to the board
down then use my circular saw to make the cuts of course walking the casters
on the workbench so it doesn’t move as I applied pressure after getting them cut
I move things to my shop floor to join them together this will not only be
outside but also around water so I use type on 3/4 everything on this project
since it as a waterproof wood glue I played a decent amount smeared it around
with a brush so that it would have the highest bonding ability and then
pre-drilled and drove ensign screws using two different links here to make
sure that they didn’t punch through the other side be sure when you’re cutting
and joining these parts that they mirror each other and aren’t identical I
quickly repeat it to make another set then move back to the modern Sall to cut
a few breeze too late these also have an ingot on
both sides said that they will be attached directly to the frame and
flushed in the front and back this horizontal brace will later be the
bottom of the seat then I also cut and screwed on another piece that will be
coming back of course doing to the speck in anything I did to the first all right
I set the frame aside and started working on creating the Shelf that will
hold the tank which is actually just a big tote I used a clamp on my martyr
solving to create a stop block since I need multiple cuts of the same length i drive fitted them together at my
workbench to make sure that the size was correct for my toe
then pre-drilled and joined things together using type on three again then
also a few bussy clamps to hold it together tightly Blanda magic all right
now to the tote let’s make a few modifications shall we the first thing
is to make a way for the water to quickly drop out of the tank to toilet
flappers were used for this and I place them on top spacing them apart and then
traced around the base those gave me two locations where I could turn a little
hole then use a jigsaw to cut out the circles
now these flappers come with a rubber grommet that you keep on the inside then
once the flappers are in I thread it on the nut from the outside so that’s the
bottom done then there is what the inside looks like so now let’s create a
way for the tank to automatically refill a floater valve achieves this and you
can place it at any height you want and then the loader has an adjustment as
well then you can lower or raise the ball from there depending on how much
water you want dumping out with each target hit this is a dunk tank yeah
guess he’s gonna get the first dunk you remove the a-frames out to a clearer
space on my shop floor this way I can attach the shell which will eventually
hold the tank to make this job easier I first you a line on where I wanted the
shelf to sit then we clean them to pour it in place to act as a ledge so that I
have something to sell to shelf on you can see I used a level just to make sure
going on nice and straight in both directions then used a few more quick
clamps to lock it down now I want this thing to be able to be broken down come
wintertime so I didn’t use any glue here the Shelf is just to talk to the screws
alone I started off with the Shelf kind of lowdown on those aprons but as I
tested out the height and my head was hitting I figured I would move it up a
bit so anybody could comfortably have a go now it’s out of seat this is just
some 2×6 material that spans across one side to the other
again I wanted this to break down in winter so these boards are also only
attached with screws and not any glue before fully attaching the bag I took
one of the boards to the CNC to carve in the project’s name you know just add a
little something-something to it okay and now back to the tote to finish out
that automatic refill system instead of dragging a hose over to refill the tank
every turn a simple combination of plumbing fittings will allow you to hook
up a hose then when the tank is emptied the floater ball inside will open a
valve and allow water to come rushing back in to start refilling and then the
last major component is the trigger something that will pull open those
flappers when the target is hit this is made from some scrap plywood with a few
bolts ran through it on one side there is a pivoting piece of wood this is
where the target will be then the other side has a pivoting PVC fitting a spring
is added on because it actually takes quite a bit of strength to overcome the
water in the tank and pull up those vowels but you can see the force of the
spring popping right here that handles opening up the valves now to incorporate
a way to keep them closed a first second bracket in my super jaws to cut one side
down some I have a porta ban so that’s what I use to make this cut but a
regular hacksaw or even a reciprocating saw would also do the trick this
modified bracket is placed on the inside of the trigger board then an eyelet in
his place on the you see right in line with it I had to
use some of my armored clamps to hold the parts in place but here you can see
that once the eyelid is lined up to the center of that bracket hole I’m able to
set it and then trigger it to top it off I place a matching piece of ply on this
side then used a few washers and nuts to hold it all together of course trying it
again once it was fully assembled just to make sure it still worked all right
it looks like it’s a go so let’s get it on the project I got the few more PVC
links and fittings to string together and create an arm which will hold the
target out and away from the seat and then set the arm in place here is where
you can determine how far away from the frame you want the target so if you have
somebody with a bad arm you might want to push it out some Oh hold on after
picking out a good position I use some plumber’s tape to attach it to the frame
now I move down to the ground and attach the target again using a few screws to
make the connection oh yeah and I painted it all I went with simple but
fun colors the white so that the PVC would blend in and the blue to make the
taupe blend then the last thing that was needed is a bull’s-eye since I have a
CNC I quickly knocked out a traditional one painted it and then attached it to
the trigger I move the soldier seat outside to fill it with water and adjust
the chain that runs from the trigger over to the to flapper valves inside the
tank after running this I did have to make a few adjustments because there is
a difference when the tank is empty and then whenever you add water
but I tell you what hitting this thing watching it work watching a dump water
for the first time it was pretty pretty exciting my mom totally called dibs on
being the first one to be done so the next day I moved into a grassy area and
called her over oh and I also switched out the bullseye to a water droplet just
because I thought was cuter and cuteness counts I mean just watch my mama I am
watch that Club so many times and can’t help but smile I actually thought that
this was gonna be a kids only project but my mom is adamant that it’s also for
adults so I guess it’s just fun for the entire family if you would like to build
your own I do have a set of plans as well as a list of every all the parts
needed to build it so I hope that you enjoyed this one I’ll see you on my next
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  1. April,
    I've been massive fan of your work and videos for a looooooong time. But the only thing I can think of when watching this particular video is the amount of (clean) water wasted everytime you hit that target.
    Please do a follow up video with what someone suggested earlier: some sort of pool and water pump to recycle the water back into the tank.
    Then I won't feel bad about this project and think it's cool.
    Keep up the great work!

  2. I watch everything with CC enabled if possible and this one gave me several laughs. Is there a way we can help edit that?

  3. Hi April, do the plans go into detail on how the target triggers the flaps? It looks like a chain may be running through the pvc arm but I can’t quite tell. My kids are going to go nuts for this! Thanks!

  4. Thanks April. Great project idea and love the kiwi crates. I didn’t know about them, my kids are gonna love to construct, engineer and play!

  5. Not sure if it was mentioned before but you could use water balloons instead of bean bags to increase the water splash effect

  6. Video request!!

    I’d love a video for the holidays showing great gifts I can gift family members who love to build things. I’m so overwhelmed with all of the options.

    Also, you’re amazing and I love your channel!

  7. What a fun and great project!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I think for safety it should have like a PLEXIGLASS DOOR in front in case someone instead hit the water droplet hit the person who is sitting there with the sand bag. Maybe you can use the front 2×4 like a post to hold a PLEXIGLASS DOOR so who will sitting there, will feel safe.Keep doing it great!!!

  8. Hahaha….Now that's cute !! Tell your mama it would be good for hot flashes too . That would be perfect for MY hot flashes . LOL!! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜œπŸ˜‰ I'm just kidding…!! But you did a fabulous job making this . Thanks for sharing !! Oh and BTW … I'm a new subscriber. Love to watch you make all of these great things !! ❀

  9. April I'm building one and starting to assemble. The plan has a 16" height shown from the ground to the bottom of the seat support. I think it should be 16" to the top of the seat support. My pieces fit well at that height but not at 16" to bottom.

  10. I would have mad the seat as one whole separate piece that sets in, then attach that and the shelf via lag bolts for less destructive assembly/disassembly for re-use and storage. Of course I'd also have made the shelf lower…. "What? You mean I don't fit under it? Damn my tallness. Well, I guess I just won't be able to do it."

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