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Project

Cornhole Game

Introduction

For cornhole rules and other information, visit playcornhole.org.

Materials

  • 1/2-inch birch-faced plywood
  • Two 2-by-4-by-8 lengths of lumber
  • Circular saw or table saw
  • 2-inch drywall screws
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Compass
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Clamp
  • 3/16-inch drill bit
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • 3/8-inch carriage bolts (with washers and wingnuts)
  • Palm sander
  • Tack cloth
  • Primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint in two contrasting colors
  • Smooth-surface paint rollers
  • Painters' tape
  • Polycrylic high-gloss sealant

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Using a circular saw or table saw, cut two 2-by-4-foot rectangles from 1/2-inch-thick birch-faced plywood.

  2. Step 2

    Construct two 2-by-4-foot frames from two 2-by-4-by-8 lengths of lumber (two 48-inch lengths and two 21-inch lengths), and using 2-inch drywall screws, attach one plywood rectangle to each frame.

  3. Step 3

    To mark the center point for the hole in the plywood, measure 9 inches in from the top of the board and 12 inches in from either side.

  4. Step 4

    Using a compass set to a 3-inch radius, draw a 6-inch diameter circle from the center point.

  5. Step 5

    Drill a pilot hole in the circle big enough to fit the blade of a jigsaw and then, using the jigsaw, cut out circle from plywood.

  6. Step 6

    With a coarse-grit sandpaper, sand all cut surfaces to smooth edges.

  7. Step 7

    To mark where the anchoring bolt will pass through each leg, start with a 20-inch-long piece of 2-by-4-by-8 lumber and draw a line 1 3/4 inches in from the end. Then draw another line 1 3/4 inches in from either side, perpendicular to the first line.

  8. Step 8

    Set compass to a 1 3/4-inch radius, place on point where lines intersect, and draw a half circle, extending out to the edges of the board.

  9. Step 9

    Turn main deck over so plywood surface is facing down, and place a piece of scrap 2-by-4 in the corner of the frame. This will give the right amount of space for the leg to pivot in the frame.

  10. Step 10

    Place leg adjacent to the scrap of wood with markings facing out, and follow the midpoint line drawn on the vertical leg down to the horizontal 2-by-4 of the frame. Along this line, measure 1 3/4 inches from the bottom of the frame and mark this as the center point for the bolt (this point should also be 2 1/4 inches from the top of the main deck).

  11. Step 11

    Clamp the leg to the frame and, to prevent chipping or splitting, use a 3/16-inch bit to drill a pilot hole at the marked center point. Then use a 3/8-inch bit to drill through the center point and through both the side of the main deck and the leg. Remove clamp and scrap of 2-by-4.

  12. Step 12

    With jigsaw, cut along marked half-circle line to round off top of each leg. Mitre legs at about 45 degrees so the raised end of the board is 12 inches off the ground. The shorter edge of the mitred leg should measure about 13 inches.

  13. Step 13

    Use sandpaper to sand all cuts and to smooth out all edges.

  14. Step 14

    Attach legs to main deck with carriage bolts, washers, and wingnuts.

  15. Step 15

    Using a palm sander fitted with coarse sandpaper, sand entire cornhole game board until smooth.

  16. Step 16

    Remove all dust with a tack cloth and paint entire board with primer.

  17. Step 17

    Once primer has dried, sand again with a finer-grit sandpaper, remove dust with tack cloth, and paint with another coat of primer.

  18. Step 18

    Finish with one last round of sanding and removing dust with tack cloth.

  19. Step 19

    Using a smooth-surface paint roller, paint entire game in one color.

  20. Step 20

    Once paint has dried completely, sand entire board with fine sandpaper, and apply second coat of paint. Let dry.

  21. Step 21

    Sand one final time, remove dust with tack cloth, and with painters' tape, create a triangle shape from the center of the top edge to the bottom corners of the main deck.

  22. Step 22

    Using smooth-surface paint roller, paint with third and final coat of paint and let dry completely.

  23. Step 23

    Remove painters' tape and mask prior edge of color one, on the outside edge of the triangle. Using a smooth-surface paint roller, paint in the triangle with second color of paint.

  24. Step 24

    Once paint has dried, apply second coat, let dry, and remove all painters' tape.

  25. Step 25

    Finally, apply coat of polycrylic high-gloss sealant to entire board.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2011

Reviews (7)

  • 12 May, 2012

    Denver Cornhole is growing quickly. Check out www.cornhole-bagtoss.com for the latest gear.

  • 2 Jun, 2011

    ATTENTION MSL:

    Could you please increase the font size for printed insturctions?

  • 8 Apr, 2011

    Now you know how to build the boards! Do you need bags? If you are looking for the biggest selection of cornhole bags and the best prices? Check out www.ecornholebags.com

  • 7 Apr, 2011

    The site http://www.TossingGames.com has FREE GAME PLANS too and also check out http://www.CornholeScoreboard.com to get a Scoretower. Did I mention great cornhole bags at http://www.CornholeBags.us

  • 6 Apr, 2011

    Sorry you used the playcornhole.org when you could have used the Official Site call www.AmericanCornhole.com It has much more to offer in all aspects for your researching of the game. Also we are lobbying for it to become a certified Summer Olympic Game as well. National Championship was held in IN this January and last year it was in Las Vegas.

  • 6 Apr, 2011

    Pasture pool!

  • 6 Apr, 2011

    the instructions for making the corn filled bags needs to be included; they are quite pricey to buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!