Cornhole Board Tutorial #2: Materials, Tools and First step

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Blog entry by StephenSchaad posted 12-08-2012 04:43 PM 14320 reads 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Introduction Part 2 of Cornhole Board Tutorial series Part 3: Cutting and Installing the sides »

In this section I’m going to cover the tools and materials needed and the first step in making the boards.

Here are a few examples of boards I’ve built. If you’ve never played cornhole before, it’s essentially horseshoes. You toss bean bags on to the boards and you get three points for making it in the hole, and one point for making it on the board. You play in teams and throw against the other team. I’ll include rules in the last post.

Power Drill
Power Driver
Jig Saw or 6” hole saw
Chop/miter Saw
Power Sander

2’x4’x3/4” Plywood (2)
1”x4”x8’ Pine (4)
Approximately 46 wood screws
Wood Glue
Wood filler or Spackling
Paint or stain
Clear coat of your choice (Polyurethane for oil based paint/stain or Polycrylic for water based paint/stain)
Stickers/logos of your choice

Some people use 2×4’s to build the frame but this is unnecessary bulk and weight but you could choose to use thinner plywood or 1×3’s. This is personal preference. Some people also build boards smaller for easier portability (2’x3’ is typical). These plans can just be altered to whatever size you want to build. One possibility is using 2×4’s and cutting them down to 1×4’s on the table saw since they are cheaper… Imagine that… Less wood is more expensive! haha

Step 1.
Drilling the holes is simple if you have a 6” hole saw. They are fairly cheap from big box stores and come in handy if you plan on making a couple sets. You can always drill a hole and cut the 6” hole out with a jig saw. The top of the hole is to be 6” down from the top of the board and centered. If you use a hole saw, you can measure 9” down and 12” from the sides for the center.

Make sure to drill about 1/4 of the way through on one side, then flip the boards over and finish the hole to avoid tear out.

Smooth the hole out with a bit of sand paper and you’re ready to move to the next step.

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#1 posted 12-08-2012 08:12 PM

I see. You toss the bag into the hole. Right.
“Bean bag” toss.

Great fun for elementary kids.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#2 posted 12-18-2012 03:15 AM

hhhopks, It is great fun for all ages. We love playing while tailgating. It’s a great drinking game!

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