How To Make A Cornhole Board

A Cornhole Board is a sloped board with holes for playing a bean bag game. This game is fun for all family members to enjoy during birthdays, parties, family reunions, and even picnics. If you don't want to go out and purchase one, these steps will show you how to make your own.

Items Needed:

  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Jig Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Power Sander
  • 15 feet of 2×2 Boards
  • Wood Putty
  • Power Drill
  • A Box of 1 1/2 Inch Decking Screws
  • 1 Sheet of 1/2 inch Plywood 4×8

Directions:

  1. Use a sheet of plywood to mark out the design that you would like to use in order to figure out the cuts you are going to need to make.
  2. Next you need to cut out 4 rectangles from the 4×8 sheet of plywood, and 2 angled pieces for the sides of the cornhole board. First draw out two rectangles from the plywood measuring 4 feet by 2 feet. These will be the platform pieces. Then draw 2 angled pieces which are approximately 9 inches tall each on one end and angled down to approximately 4 inches tall on the other end. These angled pieces will hold the cornhole board off the ground. The length of the angles should be 4 feet long. Next draw another set of rectangles from the plywood which will be used as the backs of the cornhole board and are 2 feet long and 1 foot wide.
  3. You need to label your pieces before cutting so for the platform piece these are the sections that are 4 feet by 2 feet. The pieces that are angled are going to be your side pieces, and the back is the smaller rectangles.
  4. Cut all the pieces from the plywood and separate them so you have pieces for 2 Cornhole boards. Each Cornhole board should have two sides, one platform, and one back.
  5. Using the Circular Saw you need to make six 1 1/2 feet long pieces, and four 6 inch pieces using the 2×2. These will make the braces for the Cornhole board when the plywood pieces are put together.
  6. Lay the platform flat on the ground, and take one of the side angled pieces so the 4 foot side is touching the 4 foot side of the platform. Connect these together using one of the longer braces on the inside seam and screw it into place from the outside. Next you need to stand the platform up and screw into the brace from the outside part of the platform. Do this same process to complete the other side.
  7. Next attach the back of the 2 foot rectangle to the end of the platform furthest away from the ground. This should make it so so you have a 3 sided box under the platform.
  8. To add stability to the box turn the platform over and put a small brace to the inside of the joint in between the back piece and each of the sides. This will make it so the back piece has 3 braces one going to the platform and another to each side.
  9. Find the location of the target hole in the top side of the platform. To help you do this measure down 1 foot from the end that has the back piece. Next locate the center 1 foot from the each of the sides, and make a mark where the lines intersect.
  10. With the help of a compass, draw a 6 inch diameter hole from the point that was just measured. Use the drill to help drill a pilot hole, and then use the jig saw to cut the piece out of the platform.
  11. Take the wood putty and cover all of the screw holes within the top side of the platform, making sure to give for it to dry before sanding.
  12. Next sand the top side of the platform as smooth as you can using the power sander.

If you have any confusion about these instructions, search the Internet for pictures and video.

Reference:

Plywood cutting guide

http://www.playcornhole.org/rules.shtml

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