My First (And Hopefully Last) Set of Corn Hole Boards

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Project by BusterB posted 07-30-2014 08:18 PM 2178 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An old buddy of mine from back in my volunteer fire department days sent me a message a few weeks back asking if I could build him a set of cornhole boards and how much I would charge him. I obviously told him I would give it a try and would only charge him for materials. He said they needed to be as light as possible since he was going to haul this in his RV. Started these things yesterday and it has been a project that falls in the “if it could go wrong, it did go wrong” category. Leave it to me to turn a relatively simple project into a beast. If it wasn’t not having a hole saw big enough, it was blossoms falling off the crepe myrtles into the paint. Ahh the joys of amarure woodworking…. Lol. Used 1×4’s of the frame and 3/8ths plywood for the top. Rattle can enamel over a coat of primer. Used scroll saw to cut out a replica of a certain team logo on a 1/4” piece of plywood then used it as a template for the final paint work. On a bright note, did finally get to use the Dremmel hole saw I bought sometime back.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#1 posted 07-30-2014 08:32 PM

So does that big “T” stand for TULANE???

Built a bunch of those myself back there in 10aSEE… Nice job!

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Joshua Oehler

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#2 posted 07-30-2014 08:48 PM

I say this coming from experience…if you built a good set, which it looks like you did, It will not be your last time! At last count I have made 5 sets and have requests in for 4 more. All of your friends & family will be asking for a set. A few tips for the next time though. Rather than struggling through painting logos lay down your base color and look at Car Vinyls. They are usually pretty inexpensive are they are really thin. They work great on cornhole boards. Also I have even done the stripping on a set of boards with racing stripes for cars that I picked up at the local auto parts store. I have a friend that even went crazy with pin striping designs into his and it turned out great. They very first set I made was for my brother when he got out of the Marines. I made him a Marines set that he takes to the beach, gets left out in the rain, gets thrown around the trunk of his car and left out in the backyard of his house. I live in Hot, Humid and rainy Naples, FL. The vinyls have not even thought about coming off yet. There are even “Complete Cornhole Vinyl Sets” for sale that I have seen through Ebay and amazon that are designed for you to build the boards to certain specs and they fit on covering the entire board, sides, legs and all. Biggest hit I have done design wise with one … connect the legs with another piece of wood and add beer..I mean soda holders in it.

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#3 posted 07-30-2014 10:18 PM

Of course I find these to be superb.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#4 posted 07-30-2014 10:20 PM

Georgia Joe- Thanks buddy. With as sensitive as some schools are getting over logo trademarking…I am gonna decline to answer what that T stands for….lol perhaps Todd Hollow Technical Institute home of the stump jumpers….perhaps not….lol

Joshua- Thank you sir… In hind sight (which is always 20/20) the vinyls would be the way to go….taping and painting took longer than the actual build. Thanks for the tips….and your right, my son has done started in on wanting a set lol

Scott- I would not have guessed….Lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 07-31-2014 12:06 AM

you could have done a little better job.all they need is a big”A” and some crimson paint!!!!
other than that they look great,nice work!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 07-31-2014 12:06 AM

Hey Buster, what is a corn hole board anyway and how are they used? By the comments I guess I should know the answers but living out here in the boonies I don’t get out much…lol. You did a fine job building them and they look great…whatever they are…lol

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 07-31-2014 12:53 AM

I will be happy to send you a couple Patriots logos for your next one…

-- David, Norwood Mass, [email protected]

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Joshua Oehler

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#8 posted 07-31-2014 01:14 AM

Luv- Cornhole is played similar to horseshoes in a way. The boards are placed 27ft apart from the front of the boards. You play teams, 2 per team just like horseshoes. You have 4 bags each. Bag size is 6”x6” and filled with dryed corn. They should weigh about 1lb. You alternate throwing against your opponent on your side. If a bag lands on the board it is worth 1 point, if you get it in the hole it is worth 3 points. Players points cancel each other out just like horseshoes. ie. I get 2 on the board and 1 in the hole equalling 5 points, you put 3 on the board equaling 3 points. My team would net 2 points. You play to 21. you must finish with 21 exactly, if you bust you go back to the points you started with that turn. It is a great game to play. Its alot of fun and unlike horseshoes it is easier for people of any age to enjoy it.

Ohhh .. and if you have had 5 too many beers…getting hit with a cornhole bag hurts alot less than a horseshoe

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#9 posted 07-31-2014 12:36 PM

They look fine and you learned a few things. As mentioned, the vinyl decals are the way to go. Make another set, what the heck. lol

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 07-31-2014 01:29 PM

Great job buddy. Im a huge fan of the ” Todd Hollow Technical Institute home of the stump jumpers” LOL Im feeling a bowl game this season.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 07-31-2014 03:36 PM

I was just asked to make this, thanks for sharing.

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#12 posted 07-31-2014 03:52 PM

Built 4 sets on these for our church. Fortunately I didn’t have to paint them. Used plywood for the entire structure and a scroll saw for the hole. Wasn’t too horrible but did take some time to drill all the pocket holes and assemble them.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#13 posted 07-31-2014 07:08 PM

Roger, shame on you for telling a big windy. “first and last”...right! You’ve got all the problems solved. The next ten sets will be a breeze!
Look gr8!

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 08-01-2014 04:32 AM

Like CFrye said these will not be your last it has just begun.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#15 posted 08-01-2014 11:16 AM

Marty- Thanks buddy. Not sure you can buy crimson paint up here… And even if you could they would put you on some sort of watch list…lol

L2L- Thank you sir. I had never heard of it either until a couple of years ago. In my day we called it bean bag toss…lol I had to go online to find spec’s on these things. A google search will show you just how popular these things are.

Xray- Thank you sir. Nah….that’s OK. Would cost way too much too much to ship them to somewhere where people would actually be able to use them… Lol

Dave- Thank you buddy. Vinyl would be the way to go….

Hoss- Thank you sir. Yep this may be the year the stump jumpers go all the way!!! Lol

Exit116- Thank you sir. Best of luck on the pending build.

Greg- Thank you sir. Interesting idea of building them outta all plywood…. Hummm

Candy- thank you my friend. Glad you were talking to “Roger” and not to me….lol BTW buddette, you jinxed me…got a set played out on the bench right now for my son. After some high profile negotiations, he agreed to paint his own if I built them. He is a (mumble mumble) South Carolina fan…I had enough issues with a big T, ain’t no way I could scroll out a big rooster and it look anywhere close.

Mike- Thank you sir. It appears Candy was right… Dang her…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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