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Project by TonyArru posted 10-09-2018 01:34 PM 1897 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 3rd and best set of cornhole boards to date…lol.
They are made out of 1/2 inch birch plywood and 1×4 Poplar. They are assembled using pocket screws and glue. Then coated with 3 coats of an oil based polyurethane and gel stain for the designs. The “steal your face” logo over the holes was vinyl cut by a friend of mine who owns a vinyl cutting machine. I also purchased Red and Blue bags to play the game with which also feature the “steal your face logo” embroidered on each one in full color (red, blue and white).

The process of applying the lightning bolt design was new to me and it worked great. There is a guy in Tennessee who makes cornhole boards and I used his technique:
I drew the lightning bolt then cut out a pattern, laid down a field of blue tape, and transferred the design to the blue tape, cut it out with and exacto knife then applied gel stain for a really crisp edge. I will be doing this again for sure! Thanks guy from Tennessee!

Hope you enjoy this one,
Thanks for looking!
Tony

-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 10-09-2018 01:55 PM

these remind me of a song
Built to last till time itself falls tumbling from the wall
Built to last till sunshine fails and darkness moves on all
Built to last while years roll past like cloudscapes in the sky
Show me something built to last or something built to try

GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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TonyArru

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#2 posted 10-09-2018 02:20 PM

Thank you! Robert Hunter was one heck of a song writer….I figured I catch at least one other fan’s eye with these.
Thanks for checking them out!

-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut

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dorald

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#3 posted 10-11-2018 09:36 AM

Great Job Tony! ! !

Build Cornhole Boards myself so I can really appreciate the work you put in to these beauties. Especially the “Tennessee Staining” technique. Think I’ll be trying that as well. Thanks for the play by play photos.

Just curious as to your design of the boards themselves. Do they mate together in any way?

Great job. . . Looking forward to your next “musical” corn hole build! ! !

-- No one can make you feel inferior unless you give them permission. . .

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TonyArru

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#4 posted 10-12-2018 01:39 AM

Thanks for the kind words Dorald, The boards do not mate together in any way, I thought about doing that, along with some built in storage for the bags, I suppose I still could in the future, however these boards are just as is.

Im glad to see that you can appreciate the work that went into these boards, since, 90% of the boards that get built out there are more or less, mildly skilled guys with 2×4’s and a cordless drill, but still can build very effective and fun boards. Even as I was building them, I kept thinking about how much none of my friends will ever notice the chamfered edges or any other detail of craftsmanship that was no doubt unnecessary but none the less fun to do! lol.

-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut

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Lobo99

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#5 posted 10-20-2018 10:34 PM

Nice!

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snufalufegus

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#6 posted 01-14-2019 02:06 PM

love that you incorporated the stealie into the hole! These are awesome! Wish I had a set to go with all my other gd collectibles.

-- HOUSTON STRONG

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#7 posted 05-18-2019 03:27 AM

Hi Tony! My husband & I are both longtime Deadheads, and I’d love to get him a corn hole set for Father’s Day with a GD theme. I especially like your piece with the natural wood bolt & stealie hole! Do you sell these & the bags by chance? I’m in Massachusetts! Thanks- AmyJane

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TonyArru

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#8 posted 05-21-2019 01:21 PM

Hey AmyJane, I sent you a private message through this web site, however, Im unsure of how that works exactly. Either way I thought Id let you know here too incase you come back to check! lol.


Hi Tony! My husband & I are both longtime Deadheads, and I d love to get him a corn hole set for Father s Day with a GD theme. I especially like your piece with the natural wood bolt & stealie hole! Do you sell these & the bags by chance? I m in Massachusetts! Thanks- AmyJane

- Amyjane


-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut

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Amyjane

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#9 posted 05-21-2019 01:29 PM

Hey Tony! Thanks for getting back to me! I’d love to go ahead with this! It’s honestly more than what I had initially intended to spend, but I’d rather support your craftsmanship, creativity & a fellow deadhead…and my husband Paul is definitely worth it. How much would you need up front, or can you take installments? I get paid Friday & could do a downpayment if that works for you. We’d welcome a little road trip to Ct. to pick it up when it’s ready…what’s your time frame look like? I’m also a teacher (Early Childhood) and operate a small summer program for our kids & their friends. Thanks so much! Looking forward to this!

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#10 posted 07-01-2019 06:14 PM

Please email me. I really like your work!

dylanland @ yahoo

Thanks!

Ken

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#11 posted 07-23-2019 07:44 AM

Tony – I came across your work when I was googling grateful dead cornhole. This design is amazing. Would you consider selling one? I am very interested!

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TonyArru

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#12 posted 07-23-2019 03:11 PM



Tony – I came across your work when I was googling grateful dead cornhole. This design is amazing. Would you consider selling one? I am very interested!

- jg3


Hey jg3, Thanks so much for checking out and liking my design! Im glad that you like them, feel free to sent me an email or check out my etsy shop, and drop me a message we can talk about it more. [email protected] or www.tonyarruwoodworks.etsy.com

-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut

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