by Dremel ®
Let's Get Started
To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.
Begin this project by making the bean bag/ball chutes at varying heights. With enough PVC you can make any number of chutes you like. We made a total of 6 chutes: • 3 - 16" • 2 - 12" • 1 - 8" Measure and mark your cuts. Secure your PVC in a vice or hold it firmly against a lip on your workspace. Using your Dremel Saw-Max, fit with a SM500 wheel, cut along your marked line. If you use tennis balls for this game, we recommend using pipe 4" in diameter; therefore, you will need to rotate the pipe as you cut it. To do this, release pressure on the pipe slightly so it is still secure but can be rotated. With your free hand securely holding the end of the pipe, turn the pipe towards you very slowly as you cut along the marked line.
To allow the bags to enter the chutes easier, we created "V"-shaped cut-outs to the face of each of our chute tops. We created a simple "V" template on a piece of paper and traced the shape at the top of each of our chutes. Using the Dremel MM40 equipped with the NEW Carbide Blade, MM485 set to full speed, we cut along each of our marked "V"-shapes. You'll quickly notice how easily this superior blade cuts through the PVC.
Next, paint the PVC chutes your desired colors. We used spray paint and went with a red, white and blue theme for the 4th of July. Once the paint on our chutes dried, we smoothed away a couple of rough edges on our V-shaped cuts with the MM40 tool and a MM70W sanding sheet.
We cut a piece of extra 1/2" plywood we had to create a backboard for our game. We made our backboard 3' tall by 3' wide however, you can adjust the backboard size accordingly based on your final chute dimensions. Using the Dremel Saw-Max with the same SM500 blade you used for step 1, cut along your marked lines.
Paint your backboard as desired. We chose to use chalkboard paint for easy score-keeping during game-play. While your backboard is drying, add numbers to your chutes according to how you'd like to award points! The harder the toss is to make, the more points you can score!
Finally, adhere all PVC chutes together and allow to dry overnight. Once dry, use a drill and 1-1/2" screws to secure the pipes in the center of your backboard! Now you are ready to play!