Martin here and I hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as I am. Here in the northwest, we have some of the longest days in the lower 48 states, which means we get even more hours to experience the beautiful summer weather. So with all that extra time, I can think of a great way to fill it. Cornhole. Yep, the manly term for bean bag toss. My neighbors and I are addicted to playing this game in the evenings after work. Sure, you can buy a store bought version, but of course, that’s not what I did. I made my own game from Inteplast Building Products durable, moisture resistant PVC trim. Here are my step-by-steps in case the DIY bug hits you too.
Materials you’ll need:
The first thing you do is cut the pieces for the frame for the boards and the surface of the cornhole.
Next, assemble one piece of the 48” and one piece of the 22-1/2” PVC trim with two of the stainless screws (the smaller piece will need to butt up to the 48” piece).
Once you’ve assembled those pieces, fasten the rest of the trim pieces together to form a rectangle.
Now, fasten the half sheet onto the base. You can also see in the detail, where you put the screws.
After fastening the sheet, cut and attach the legs to the board. The legs should be cut into lengths of 11-1/2”, then use the protractor to mark the ends so that it’s round. Then use a jigsaw to make the cuts around one side of the leg.
Then you’ll thread a ¼” x 2” hex bolt into the legs and the base. A ¼” hole will need to be drilled at an intersection of 3” from the top and 1-3/4” from the side.
Now, cut a 6” diameter hole on top of the platform for the bean bags. The center of the hole is centered at 9” down from the top and centered at 12”. To cut the hole I used a dremel and a scrap piece of wood. Drill a hole on one side of the scrap wood then measure 3” across and make a mark. The adaptor piece of the dremel is 3” in diameter; you will need to cut a hole that will fit the adaptor piece.
Next drill a hole in the center point of the cornhole (will be used as a point to circle the dremel around like a radius). Use a nail to stick through the dremel guide and into the platform.
We’re getting closer. Cut the angle on the bottom of the legs. The regulation cornhole height is 12” so you’ll need to prop up the box by placing anything that will hold it up under the box (I used a paint can and a spare piece of trim). Next slide the box towards the edge of the table and pull down one the leg closest to the edge so it hangs just over the table. Use the table top as a guide to draw a straight line across the bottom of the leg. Repeat this step for all of the legs. Then remove the legs from the base and use the jigsaw to cut accordingly.
The final step is to reattach the legs and enjoy! Check out Inteplast Building Products retail locator tool on their website to find PVC trim board in your town. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
Hi all, it’s Martin again. This project I’m going to show you how to create this week combines two of my most favorite things in the world: ice cold adult beverages and PVC trim from Inteplast Building Products. A PVC bottle cap catcher is the perfect Father’s Day gift, accessory for your deck, patio, or outdoor entertaining hot spot. I even built and installed one on the fence post between mine and my neighbor’s house so when we meet in the back yard to talk DIY shop with one another, we’re well prepared. And of course because PVC trim products won’t rot, split, crack, or absorb water, and are resistant to termites and other pests, there is no better material to use to build your PVC bottle cap catcher.
Well as the name implies, it’s not only a bottle opener, but it catches the bottle caps as well, which is the perfect solution for me because I collect beer bottle caps with the idea of making a bottle cap end table top one day. I’ve been collecting caps for four years now, so I’m eventually going to have to start this table top project or rent a storage unit to hold them all. Without further ado, here’s what you’ll need to get started.
Materials you’ll need:
Let’s get started. The first step is to cut 15” off of the 1 x 6 PVC trim board.
Next, miter at 45 degrees of one corner then you will need to mark where the cap opener will need to be installed. The hole to hold up the opener is 1-1/4” from the top and the cap opener is 1” away from the center of the top hole.
In this next step, you will need to cut the cap catcher. You will need to cut off from the 1 x 6 plank: (2) 4” pieces for the sides of the catcher, (1) 5-1/2” piece for the front of the catcher. The corners of the front piece will need to be beveled at 45 degrees for a tight miter joint.
Next you will need to cut the bottom piece of the catcher which is 4” x 3-1/4” then drill three holes for drainage (centered). After that, use the two corner clamps to bring the catcher together then use the clamp hold the bottom piece while you fasten the stainless trim screws into the holder.
Get excited, because we’re almost done. To bring this project together, attach the holder. Apply PVC cement to the holder then use the clamp to secure the catcher to the base. Wait a few minutes while the catcher is bonding to the base then use the stainless steel screws to secure the piece together.
We made it to final step. Just attach the cap opener. And you’ve got your finished product!
That’s all there is too it. To find PVC trim board in your area, check out Inteplast Building Products Where to Buy tool. Now if I could just get Harley motivated to fetch a beer from the fridge I’d try it out. Let me know what cool products you’ve made from PVC. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
Have you ever driven or walked by a house and just drooled over its amazing curb appeal? You know the one I’m talking about with the perfect lush landscape, the trendiest paint color, the amazing architectural details, and the brightly brimming flower boxes. Only to get back to your own house and curse it for not measuring up. Well don’t punish your house (or yourself), give it an exterior facelift of enviable proportions with Inteplast Building Products PVC Trim and Moulding.
As a DIYer to the fullest extent of the definition, I’ve taken the exterior of my own house from plain Jane to Cinderella. I rolled up my sleeves, grabbed a ladder, a drill, a nail gun -- just your standard woodworking tools -- and added PVC window and door surrounds, beadboard soffits, corner boards and millwork, brackets, and lattice. Of course you don’t have to go all out, and certainly not all at once. Just by replacing simple window casings and plain brackets with prefinished ornamental trim and moulding profiles and decorative cornices is one of the easiest and less expensive approaches to add impact to your curb appeal.
Inteplast Building Products has a variety of classic and modern trim options to help you add pizazz to your exterior. You can choose from product profiles like trim sheets, beadboard, corner board, starter board, and J-channel. Inteplast’s trim products won’t rot, split, crack, or absorb water, and are resistant to termites and other pests. And unlike wood trim, Inteplast Building Products Trim is bendable to create a variety of unique architectural shapes. Check out these ideas for inspiration from Inteplast’s online trim gallery. You can find Inteplast’s prefinished decorative moulding and trim at many of your local Home Depot stores. You can also check Inteplast’s Where to Buy page to find a dealer or retailer near you. For tips on installing Inteplast’s PVC moulding and trim, check out this how to video.
In addition to giving your house a PVC trim makeover around windows, doors, and rooflines, you can make other updates like adding shutters, window boxes, and new porch railings, all minor improvements that can give you significant results.
See how easy it is for you to create that enviable house in the neighborhood with the perfect curb appeal. And it’s a project that’s doable for most DIYers. Just plan your project, do your shopping, gather your tools, and then get ready to impress the neighborhood. I’m Andrea, thanks for reading!
Hi all, Martin here again. Here in the low humidity, northwestern nook of the country where summers are usually a little more bearable for hanging outside on the deck (though this year it has been hot!). I remember last fall when I completely rebuilt my old, warped deck in the backyard. I realized then how much work a new deck takes. And not just the construction aspect, but all of the upfront planning, designing, selecting the right products to use, and picking out just the right color to match my mood. It was such a feeling of accomplishment once that last board was screwed in and the last deck rail is attached. By the time I finished the deck, old man winter made it a bit too chilly to make full use of it, so I put off adding outside furniture until now. But you know me, I didn’t go the store bought route. My DIY carpenter senses took over and I decided to make my own furniture to match my deck boards.
A few weeks ago you may remember I built my mom a PVC flower box with Coca-Cola® glass bottle vases made out of Inteplast Building Products TRIM product for Mother’s Day, Well, if you recall the picture I posted of the final project, there was also an end table I had the vase sitting on. Yep, I made that too. It’s an easy project that took me just a little over an hour after I got my materials shopping done. Here’s all you need:
(1) 4-in. x4-in. x 8-ft. Inteplast PVC Corner Board
(1) 2-in. x 4-in. x 8-ft. Inteplast PVC Trim
(1) 12-ft. Inteplast PVC Deck
For the PVC deck material, Inteplast has 6 colors to choose from and solid or variegated patterns. I used their Gray Walnut PVC decking material that I had left over from my deck project. But use any color that suits your style.
Since Inteplast Building Products Decking materials has the same workability as wood, you don’t need any special tools. Just a table saw, cordless drill, stainless steel screws, and finish nails.
Like I said, I did this in just about an hour. First, I used 2”x4” pressure treated wood to build a 17”x15” base frame with a center beam. Next, I placed four pieces of PVC corner board at the corners and used 2” stainless steel screws to fasten from inside of the wood frame to hide the screw inside. It’ just a nice finishing touch. Then I cut and fit four pieces of 1”x4” PVC trim and nailed them between the corner boards. Finally, I placed five pieces of PVC deck on top of the table frame and used 2” stainless steel screws to fasten. That’s it!
Here’s a detailed diagram to show you how it all fits together.
To find out where you can buy Inteplast Building Products DECK check Inteplast’s Where To Buy store locator to find it in your area. What makes Inteplast Building Products decking, corner board, and trim the best solution for building outdoor furniture is their built-in color technology which keeps your deck material vivid and bright even during the summer sun. Also, they are moisture resistant so you don’t have to worry about mold and rot that happens with traditional wood products. And that’s another perfect reason you can rest your cold homebrewed beverage on it without worry.
Have a great time building your outdoor end table.
Martin (and Harley)