Cornhole Set - Fancy Style

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Project by Rex B posted 12-10-2013 03:49 PM 18771 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cornhole set as a wedding gift for my cousin. They requested the “Mr./Mrs.” logos but gave me free reign over the rest of the design.

I wanted to make this set as nice and “woodworking-y” as I could, rather than just screw together some 2×4’s like many cornhole sets. I started as usual by designing everything in 3D CAD based on standard dimensions. I used a combination of thru dowels, rabbits, and dado joinery throughout. Standard size cornhole boards are huge, but I tried to make them as portable as possible by adding rope handles and draw latches to make them into one big “suitcase”. (I borrowed these ideas from Lance's awesome design.) I also borrowed the idea to add angled braces for the legs from Live4Brew's design.

The wood for this project is southern yellow pine (from 2×10’s) and 1/2” baltic birch plywood. I love using construction lumber for nice projects, to keep costs down. I started by planing all of the 2×10’s to 1.25” or 1”, depending on the part. This helped keep the weight down a bit and got rid of the crappy stock surfaces. I did end up with a ton of shavings!

I colored everything but the top with Antique Maple gel stain. I have heard many stories of gel stain blotching in pine, but I sanded everything evenly and applied the stain carefully and didn’t have any issues. The topcoat is waterborne floor varnish, for durability. My wife did the pictures/lettering by hand after the first varnish coat, then 2 more coats on top sealed them in. Prior to finish, I added my mark with a woodburning pen.

It took me way longer than most people would ever spend on a pair of cornhole boards, but I am very proud of the way these came out. The recipients were very happy with them as well. It did hurt a bit to give them away, but they couldn’t have gone to a better couple. Thanks for looking!

-- Rex

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 05:23 PM

Great looking boards !! I make these for family and friends using my kreg jig. You have raised the bar my friend. Great work…

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 05:40 PM

Great idea on reducing the board thickness to keep the weight down. They look great. Well done!

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#3 posted 12-10-2013 06:18 PM

My family just asked me to make a set of these. Never played before, but looks fun. Thanks for the inspiration!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#4 posted 12-10-2013 07:47 PM

Great job thank you for sharing this project.

-- Todd

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#5 posted 12-11-2013 03:23 AM

Love the detail. It’s funny….I’m I’m the process of making a set myself…..and I thought I was going a bit over board. Very nice, Tony

-- Tony

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#6 posted 03-01-2014 05:03 PM

These look great, how thin do you think the depth could get before the boards are too weak (would 1×2s work)? Storage space is at a premium around here.

-- Time to get started

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#7 posted 03-04-2014 03:07 PM

Hi Bob. I think 1×2’s would be fine, as long as you glue them to the plywood so it’s nice and stiff.

-- Rex

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#8 posted 07-29-2017 11:34 PM

Very innovative to reduce weight


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