Man Uses Old Pallets To Build Impressive Bowling Alley in Backyard

One English 20-year-old is set for a summer of fun after building his own bowling alley in his family's backyard, using old pallets.

Having your own bowling alley might sound like a scene from Richie Rich, but Luke Philpott managed to make the project on a budget, using primarily recycled materials.

Philpott described the bowling alley as "working brilliantly" and "perfectly," fit with a ball recall system and a skittle reset system.

Since uploading the process to TikTok, Philpott gained over 17 million views and 900,000 likes on his DIY project, which he admitted to misjudging just how long it would take him.


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At its core structure, the bowling alley is made from reused pallets and wooden planks, Philpott explained in a video: "I started off by laying down eight euro pallets, as you can see in a row and hen screwed them all together and made sure they were all level and then went through and put the boards down, that are going to be used as the surface of the lane."

Philpott then secured all of the barriers with screws to ensure the bowling balls are unable to roll onto the fence and cause damage.

The most essential part of it all? The ball return system. Philpott installed a ramp at the end, which allows for the ball to roll off the alley after hitting the pins. It then moves through a square hole and onto a second ramp which leads all the way back to the bowler.

As for the bowling pins themselves, he screwed 10 hooks in each place he wanted a bowling pin to hang and tested out the system using heavy wooden blocks. The rope is attached to a pin, and threaded through the hook before wrapping around a circular roll.

The system is then pulled by Philpott at the other end of the bowling lane once the pins are knocked over before being let back down. As they are weighed down with water inside, the pins are able to set and balance.

According to Philpott, the "system is working brilliantly" as he captured clips of him trying it out for himself in his very own backyard.

The DIY creation has gained praise online in the days since being posted, with users flooding the comments with notes on the creativity and dedication that goes into building it.

"This deserves so much love," wrote one user.

"This is awesome," added another.

Newsweek has contacted Luke Philpott for comment.

Teens taking on at-home projects have continued to amaze online, with Newsweek speaking last year to a 17-year-old who went viral for his in-yard rollercoaster he made by himself.

Teen Jake McCluskey built a rollercoaster that took up the whole of his 24 feet by 15 feet Northern Virginia backyard, complete with its own drop. Unlike most other make-shift roller coasters, McCluskey's ride is more than just a cart on a track—it has a cable lift which pulls you to the top of the drop, and a lever which then releases you.