How to Make Your Own Cornhole Boards

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Two things that pair together better than a Michigan summer and beer, is a beautiful lawn cared for by Go Green and some classic games of Cornhole.

If you don’t know what Cornhole is, you may have to reconsider yourself as a Michigander. “Bags”, “Baggo”, “Sack Toss”, whatever you want to call it, Cornhole serves as a staple in the running for one of the best pastimes of our summer days.

The backyard game has grown exponentially over the last few years and exploded into a full-blown sport that even has leagues and competitions right here around town with cash prizes up to $1000! Click Here to check out some local leagues and other Cornhole stuff around us. 

To play the game right, you should use a set of regulatory boards that are a specific size and weight, otherwise, you’ll have no consistency. Plus, there’s a lot of cheap plastic boards out there that are known to break and have a bad reputation. These regulation boards aren’t cheap but don’t worry, there are options.

If you haven’t jumped aboard the bandwagon yet, here’s your chance. To buy a full set with the bags and all, you’ll be looking anywhere from at least $65 to even $160. We’ll show you how to make your own set without breaking the bank and also letting you have some fun.

Here’s what you’re gonna need:

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  • Jigsaw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Compass
  • Drill w/ drill bit & Phillips-head bit
  • .5 inch drill bit
  • Clamps
  • Circular Saw
  • Random Orbit Sander
  • Painting Stuff

Materials

  • (2) 24”x48” pieces of half inch plywood for the surface
  • (4) 2x4x48” for the frame
  • (4) 2x4x21” for the frame
  • 1 pound box of 1-⅝” deck screws
  • (4) .5”x4” carriage bolts w/ (4) washers & (4) wing nuts
  • Wood Putty
  • Outdoor Paint
  • Primer

The Goal

The American Cornhole Association guidelines:

  • Platform = 48”x24” rectangle from .5” plywood
  • Front= must stand 2.5-4 inches tall
  • Back= must stand 12 inches tall

Cutting & Planning

You’re gonna make two 24”x48” sections of .5” plywood; four 2x4x48” for the frame; four 2x4x21” for the frame; & four 2x4x11.5” for the legs.

1. Make A Box

Cut the plywood into two 2 foot by 4-foot pieces. Cut the 2×4’s to make the frame described in the cutlist. Screw each piece of plywood onto the frames with 1-⅝” screws so you have two boxes.

2. Give It Legs

Take a 2×4 and cut it to 11.5 inches for four legs. Cut a 2.5” radius out of each leg edge to make it round. Mark a hole directly in the center of the radius and place it inside the box. Drill a hole that’s .5” wide directly through the frame box and the leg.

3. Attach Your Legs

Now, take your carriage bolt and pass it through the hole you made in the frame and then through the hole you made in the leg. Tighten it with a washer and wing nut. If your legs can’t close in and out you may need to sand off some excess wood that’s holding it back.

4. Cut The Legs

Fold the legs inside and prop the board upright with something you have nearby so that it stands 12 inches high. Release the legs and let them hang slightly off a flat elevated workbench. Take a yardstick and lay it flat on the table and mark a straight line on your legs where you need to cut them for the proper height and angle so the board will stand the way you have it at that moment when you let down the legs.

5. Cut Your Cornhole

Mark 9” from the top and 12” from each side to find your center point. Make a circle using a compass to trace a 6” diameter circle. Drill a hole along the edge of your circle so you can fit in your jigsaw blade, then cut out the circle with your jigsaw. You can sand the edges to make it smoother.

6. Sand The Board

Sand your board for the best surface you can get. Put some putty in all the screw holes so they don’t catch any bags that might pass over them during the game.

7. Prime It

Make sure to prime your box and then sand it one more time when that dries. Wipe it off clean and then use an outdoor paint to give it some life!

8. Get Creative

If you actually end up making your own set of boards, then make them unique! You have the chance to make and show off an awesome project that everyone’s gonna see. Give it some character when you paint it and make it something people will remember.

Here are some local Cornhole tournaments and leagues.

Click Here to check ’em out!

Check out these sweet designs people have made.

 

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