Cornhole DIY!!

| July 6, 2011 | 2 Comments

A game that seems to be taking the state of Virginia by storm is called Cornhole. There are two boards that sit on the ground with one end up in the air at an angle, with the boards facing each other. The purpose is to stand next to one board and try and toss bean bags into a hole on the other board. This simple game has fascinated thousands, and so we wanted to include it in our 4th of July cookout. The only problem is, the boards and bean bags that make up the game are rather expensive to buy. So we decided to make them ourselves! Here is a quick DIY that will entertain family and friends for hours!

Supply List:

Two 24″ x 48″ sheets of plywood (1/2 or 5/8 inch)

Four 8 ft – 2 x 4′s

Eight  4″ carriage bolts + washers + wingnuts

Sixteen 10d  nails (10 penny, 3 inch)

Twenty Eight Drywall screws

One qt of paint

  1. On each of the sheets of plywood, measure 9 inches down from the top and 12 inches from the side and make a pencil mark.  This will mark the center of a 6 inch diameter hole to cut out of the plywood.  Use a compass or whatever else you can find to scribe a circle on the plywood and then use a jigsaw to cut out the circle.
  2. Cut two of the three 2 x 4′s into 4 foot lengths. Cut another one of the 2 x 4′s into four 21″ lengths.  This will give you eight pieces of 2 x 4:  4 – 48 ” pieces and 4 – 21″ pieces.
  3. Use those pieces to build two 48″ x 24″ rectangles using two 10 penny nails at each corner (note the side view picture for orientation of the 2 x 4′s.
  4. Attach one sheet of plywood to each 2 x 4 frame, using drywall screws.  I used four across the top and four across the bottom evenly spaced.  Down each side I put a screw about every 12 inches.  Counter-sink the screws slightly so that the bags will not snag.
  5. Now it’s time for the detachable legs.  From the remaining 2 x 4, cut four pieces each 12 inches in length.  Given my lack of a protractor, I cannot tell you the exact angle cut that is necessary on the top part of the leg.  Reference the side view to determine how to cut this angle.  The critical measurement is the resulting height of the high side of the platform.  I used a box to lift the high side to the correct height and then held the leg up to the side, scribed a cut angle and then cut the leg.
  6. The legs will be attached to the main board using 4″ carriage bolts.  Here again, I used the box to lift the high side to the correct height and then I drilled though the leg and the side of the platform.  Widening the holes in the legs will make putting the legs on a bit easier.
  7. Fasten the legs to the platform using pairs of carriage bolts + washers + wingnuts.  Detachable legs makes for nicer storage.

Of course when you paint it you can do any number of things to make it unique! You can stencil family initials or personal mottos, or even inspire a little more rivalry by painting the logos of opposing sports teams! However you do it, you can make these cornhole boards as personalized as you like.

 

Directions Courtesy of: Home Fuse.net

Category: Apartment Life, Contests, Decorating, Entertaining, & Dining, Holidays, Special Occasions

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  1. 55 Communities in Massachusetts says:

    I have to admit, I am intrigued. I regularly follow your site, and decided to track back a bit on the posts here. I’ll consider doing this.

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