The Tanner Tee is possibly the most well-known of the various hitting practice items utilised by baseball players of all levels.
Here’s how to build a tanner tee-
- 1 ¼ in Rubber Leg Tips
- ⅞ in Rubber Leg Tips
- ¾ in Rubber Leg Tips
- 1 Galvanized Floor Flange
- 1 Galvanized Steel Pipe Nipple Razor
- ¾ in Poly pipe Rubber mallet
- ½ in Poly pipe
- Duct Tape Pencil Roll or vinyl electrical tape
- 1 – 15 in heavy duty tire tube(lawn tracker)
- 4 Size wood screws
- 1 piece ¾ thick 12 x 12 in a square piece of plywood
- 1-inch spade drill
- ½ in the spade drill bit
- Heavy-duty scissors
- Tape Measure
To start the process-
- Start by cutting the board into a 12-inch by 12-inch square and mark the centre with a pencil.
- Secure the 1 inch galvanised floor flange to the plywood’s middle with woodscrews. As a result, the tee base is created.
- Screw the 1-inch x 12-inch galvanised steel pipe nipple to the foundation.
- Cut a 2-foot x 34-inch PVC pipe to the desired length. For minor leagues, we recommend 3 inches above the top of the steel pipe, but you can cut the pipe longer for older players and larger tees. This will be placed into a steel pipe that has been galvanised.
- Drill a hole through the centre of the 14-inch rubber leg tip using the drill and a 1-inch spade bit. To fine-tune the opening in the rubber tip, you may need to use a knife. Scrape away a little at a time until the 34-inch PVC pipe is snug but still moves up and down.
- With the rubber mallet, pound the 14-inch rubber leg tip over the top of the galvanised steel pipe.
- Wrap the duct tape twice around the bottom of the 34-inch PVC pipe and put it through the rubber leg tip into the steel pipe. It should be snug, yet friction will cause it to move up and down. With the rubber mallet, tap it through the rubber leg tip.
- Cut a 2-foot x 1/2-inch PVC pipe to your desired length. We recommend going 4 inches above the 34-inch pipe for minor league size, but you can cut the pipe longer for older players and bigger tees. You should have at least 4 inches above the wood base when the 34-inch PVC pipe is put into the 34-inch pipe and touches it.
- Using the 1/2 inch spade bit and the drill, drill out the middle of the 7/8 inch rubber leg tip. It’s possible that you’ll need to use the knife to fine-tune the rubber tip’s aperture. Scrape away a small amount of material at a time until the 1/2 inch PVC pipe is snug but still slides up and down.
- With the rubber mallet, pound the 7/8-inch rubber leg tip over the top of the 34-inch PVC pipe.
- Wrap the duct tape around the bottom of the 1/2 inch PVC pipe once and insert it through the rubber leg tip into the 34 inch PVC pipe. It should be snug, yet you should be able to move around freely. Friction should be used to keep it in place.
- With the mallet, tap the top of the 12-inch PVC pipe with the 34-inch rubber leg tip. The inner tube piece protects the rubber top of the tanner tee from separating and serves as a cup for the ball when it is attached.
- To make it easier to deal with, cut the inner tube as close as possible to the valve with heavy-duty scissors or a knife.
- Make a mark on the inside of the inner tube that is about 3 12 inches in length. We used duct tape to draw a straight line from the outside edge of the inner tube to the outside border of the outer tube. This should give you an outer margin of 8 inches. This cut will be used to make two baseball shirt tops.
- Remove the piece from the inner tube and cut the pipe on both the inside and outside borders to make two tops.
- To connect the rubber tee top, place a piece of duct tape underneath the rubber leg tip of the 12 inch PVC pipe to serve as a guide.
- Begin winding the inner tube around the centre of the duct tape with the smaller end of the rubber inner tube segment. Keep the bottoms of the inner tube components in line with each other to make a natural cone.
- Using the Vinyl tape, secure the rubber to the tee. Start at the bottom, where the duct tape is visible, and work your way up. Wrap the tape around the 12 PVC pipe’s rubber tip and fasten it. It is recommended that you repeat the process twice or three times.
- Trim the top of the tanned tee to make it even.
- Finally, after a lot of use, the duct tape adhered to the PVC pipes can break loose. Remove the PVC and replace it with a new piece of tape to adjust your tanner tee.