Bean Bag Games (aka Cornhole)

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Project by backsaw13 posted 12-21-2007 05:57 PM 9573 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Both my wife’s and my families like to play, but none of us had our own sets. So, I thought I would make a bunch at once to take advantage of machine set-up. I made a total of six sets (12 boards). I was trying to get them all done prior to our summer vacation, as we wanted to take 2 sets with us. So leading up to their completion, my wife was telling everyone she was a garage widow.

They are 36×24 inch boards that fold up. This size is official Bean Bag size – Cornhole boards are 48×24.

The frame is pine (2-1x’s laminated together) and the face is 3/4 birch plywood. The legs are also laminated 1x with the addition of 1/4 inch ply sandwiched in the middle. The boards latch together for storage and have rope handles. My set also has seperable hinges. The finish is 3 coats of a satin water-based outdoor urethane.

lessons learned – a six inch hole saw is not for the faint-at-heart. The throat depth of my drill press was not great enough, so I tried to use a 1/2 inch drill. I am quite happy to say there were no injuries even after the drill went across the workbench – more than once. After doing a couple that way, I used one finished hole as a template for a straight bit with a bearing guide in the router.

end result – they play well. 5 of the sets were even used in a park district tournament and garnered interest from some of the players. The park district may want some of their own (10 sets).

thanks for looking

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#1 posted 12-21-2007 06:00 PM

Nice commission!

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#2 posted 12-21-2007 06:07 PM

no orders yet, but I will be following up with the park district right after the new year.

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#3 posted 12-21-2007 06:15 PM

Those look great! I’ve made a few sets of cornhole boards, and I’ve been wanting to make myself a set for a long time. I’ve toyed with the idea of latching them together for storage like you’ve done. I hope you don’t mind if I use your idea or some variation of it. If I ever get around to making them I’ll post some pictures and give you the credit for the latches.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#4 posted 12-21-2007 06:29 PM

Thanks, go for it!

One thing I would do different is to recess the latches so there wouldn’t be the possibility of one of the bags catching on one.

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#5 posted 12-21-2007 08:03 PM

Very cool. Sounds like a family tradition for years to come.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 12-21-2007 08:16 PM

Good project!

Now I have a mental image of you trying to drill that 6” hole with a drill, thinking “There has to be a better way.” :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 12-21-2007 08:46 PM

What do you do with them? We have no similar game up here in Canada.
I found the name a bit fetching.

There must be a vast difference obviously in the cultures.

Why don’t you call it Bean hole?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 12-21-2007 09:16 PM

Hi Bob,

the bags are often filled with corn, and the object is to throw it in the hole.

the name is a bit interesting.

I sent you links to the rules.

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#9 posted 12-21-2007 10:43 PM

as a rule ive always avoided any games that include the word cornhole ! however it sounds pretty cool lol

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#10 posted 12-22-2007 05:14 AM

“I am the great cornholio!! I need TP for my ….....”

“Shut up Beavis”

Cough cough.. Very cool project. :)

-- David, Charlotte NC

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#11 posted 12-22-2007 11:48 AM

I don’t even want to get started with the possibilities of a game called cornhole. It’s got to be a Northern type game – and they tell me that you guys from up North won the first war :-)) Before anybody gets mad – I’m just funning you guys.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 12-22-2007 02:49 PM

Hey i played this game at a pub close by. Its sorta like billiards in that its best played after 2 beers but before

Nice looking boards!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 12-22-2007 04:26 PM

Great job. Looks like fun. I was going to say for kids. But no one who has replied is a kid (in age) anymore.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#14 posted 12-22-2007 05:31 PM

Karson – I may be growing older, but I refuse to grow up.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#15 posted 05-23-2009 10:08 AM

Best design I have seen yet.

Thanks for posting.


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