Another Holiday Bean Bag Game

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Project by timothybowman posted 12-23-2009 06:02 PM 1932 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Bean Bag game is for my father-in-law. One of the first things i ever built was a bean bag game for his annual Fourth of July Family Reunion. I made it out of 1/2” MDF and 2” x 2” construction lumber. They were BIG, BULKY, and Horrible to look at. I built the hole too large and the MDF bounced the bags up and nearly into orbit! And now after 5 years they are falling apart. Ive Upgraded my Woodworking skills since then, and so this year im upgrading the set that started it all.

It is 3/4” Birch Ply that i rabbeted to the Select Pine frame. There are no screws or nails, just rabbets and glue joints. The Legs fold up into the body on a carridge bolt and wingnut. It Locks together with latching hardware and a handle for breifcase-like transportation. I included a bag storage drawer on the interior of each board to hold the bags. The Finish is Minwax Ipswitch Pine, Watco Satin clear coat, and Rustoleum Exterior Oil paints.

Rabbeted Side Pre-Paint

Painted edges

Oh and after i gave my wife a solid maple endgrain cuttingboard, she comes down to the shop while im making these and says, “OOOOO!! I LIKE THIS! Why are you painting over it? Its Beautiful!” She was refering to the plywood edges. facepalm Well, at least i know i dont have to buy and expensive materials to please her.

-- --------tim bowman--------

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#1 posted 12-23-2009 09:01 PM

Nice work Timothy. I love the look of the boxes, and especially like the functionality of your design with the latches that connect the two boxes. Did you build these based off of plans, or did you come up with the design on your own?

-- Ezra in Brew City

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#2 posted 12-23-2009 09:08 PM

ive built nearly thirty of these things! So the design keeps evolving from one to the next. No Plans. This is however the first nail and screwless one ive made. i hope it fairs well. I dont know that i will build many more this nice because you almost start to feel bad for lugging them out onto the wet ground and getting them all dirty.

-- --------tim bowman--------

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#3 posted 01-01-2011 04:08 PM

Are we the only ones that call the game “Cornhole”? :)
Kentuckian transplanted from Los Angeles.

-- -Todd

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