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80/20 Inc: Xtreme DIY – Outdoor Games


PHIL: Spring is finally here, and warm weather
is just around the corner. And with warm weather, it’s time to dust off the grill and have
a get together with friends and family. Summer has also become synonymous with games, such
as corn hole and ladder ball. For this month’s Xtreme DIY, we’re going to build our own
corn hole and ladder ball games out of 80/20 T-slotted profiles. So join Andrew and I,
as we build these awesome solutions. ANDREW: Now we’ve got all of our parts laid
out, and were ready to jump in. Now to begin, I figured we’d tackle the corn hole boards
first, and to do that, we’re going to start by building the legs. PHIL: That’s right Andrew, I’ve got the
legs started right here, and all I’m going to do is make sure I put this down with on
a nice smooth surface, that’s going to help make sure my connections are even, and everything
is squared. I’m going to go on ahead and tighten this down, and we can move forward. ANDREW: Now once we have that tightened down,
we’re going to install our pivot nubs. These are going to allow us to slide our legs underneath
the corn hole board for easy transport and storage. PHIL: Now Andrew I have a question, why wouldn’t
we of just built the frame first, and then put the legs on after that? ANDREW: You know that’s a good question,
we want to be able to slide the legs onto the profile first. Because if we build the
frame first, the profile ends will be blocked and we won’t be able to get the T-nuts in. PHIL: Oh, that makes a lot of sense, thanks. ANDREW: Alright, now that we have the legs
in place and tightened down, we’re ready to start the frame, and to do that, we’re
going to start at the legs, and work our way forward on the board. Now, we’ll simply
grab our profiles and slide them into place, and tighten them down with our end fasteners. PHIL: The great thing about the end fasteners,
Andrew, is that they create a nice, clean, hidden connection, and they are one of 80/20’s
most popular fastening options. So let’s go on ahead and gets this bar onto the frame. ANDREW: Sounds Good ANDREW: Alright, before we put on our last
bar, we’re going to put our center support into place for the panel. PHIL: That’s right Andrew, I’m going to
go on ahead and slide this center support up here, and start tightening it down. Now
the reason we added this center support, is that it will keep the panel from vibrating,
and making any noise as we’re using this board. ANDREW: That’s a great idea. Now once we
are down with that, we’re going to take our last bar, and finish off the frame. ANDREW: Alright, now that we have the frame
finished up, we’re ready for the panel. If you just want to grab it behind your there
Phil. PHIL: Here you go Andrew ANDREW: We’ll get that lined up. Get these
T-nuts into the open T-slot, slide it on there. PHIL: Andrew I do have a question. ANDREW: Yes PHIL: Are these panels regulation size? ANDREW: Yes, they’re the same ones they
use in the tournaments, so you don’t have to worry about anything there. PHIL: You know I’ve built several wooden
corn hole boards before, and I know they require sanding, lacquer, and painting. And one thing
I have to say is, 80/20 makes this so much easier to build and complete. ANDREW: You know they do, and I really like
this panel because they countersink the bolts into it, so nothing can get snagged on it
while you are playing. PHIL: You know, another great thing about
these panels also, is the fact that if anything happens to this, it get scratched or damaged,
or if you just want to change the color, we can go on ahead and slide this right out,
and put a new one right in its place. ANDREW: I’m good on my end, how are you
looking? PHIL: I’m looking good on this end. ANDREW: Alright, one last thing we want to
do is put some end caps on. PHIL: That’ll be perfect, end caps are going
to give this a nice clean finish and we’ll be finished after that. ANDREW: Alright, sounds good. PHIL: And there we have it, a nice looking
corn hole board, that’s clean, and ready to use. ANDREW: Alright PHIL: I say we’re ready to start on the
ladder ball game. ANDREW: You know that one should be a breeze PHIL: It should. Lets go. PHIL: Alright Andrew, we got everything here
ready to go to build our ladder ball stand. Now why would we use T-slotted profiles to
build a ladder ball stand instead of some typical PVC. ANDREW: Well with your PVC it can be pretty
flimsy, and fall apart pretty quickly. With T-slot, it’s going to withstand a lot more
wear and tear and be light weight at the same time. PHIL: That’s a really good point Andrew,
and I see you got everything pretty much preloaded here, except for one bar, I’m going to go
ahead and do this really quick. And I notice that you are using the end fastener again
for this. So why would you use the end fastener again? ANDREW: You know, I love the strength of it,
but at the same time, it’s a hidden connection, so nothing is going to get caught on it while
we are playing the game. Alright, that’s a really good point. So
I just finished that one up, let’s go on ahead and start with our cross supports and
lets get everything going. ANDREW: Alright PHIL: Here’s that one ANDREW: We’ll get that side bar on, and
then we’ll start sliding in these ladder rungs one by one. PHIL: Alright Andrew, I have the cross bars
all done and tightened down, and now we’re ready to proceed. ANDREW: Alright that went pretty smoothly.
So now that we got the frame done, we just need to put our feet on. PHIL: That’s right, so what I’m going
to do is, I’m going to take the feet and slide them over the end fastener here. And
tighten everything down, and we’ll be ready to go. ANDREW: Alright, once you have the done, we’ll
finish up with some end caps, and we’ll be ready to put our project to use. PHIL: Alright Andrew, we got everything done.
These are some great looking solutions, they’re durable, they’re weather-resistant, and
they’re going to last through some heavy use. ANDREW: Yup, let’s get these outside and
put them to use. PHIL: Let’s go. ANDREW: Alright ANDREW: We hope you found these simple solutions
helpful, and we look forward to seeing you again next time. For more information on these
projects, or if you’d like to design and build your own outdoor games, please visit
80/20.net. PHIL: And while you’re there, be sure to
subscribe for future 80/20 videos ANDREW: And as always, make it a great day.

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