Make Your Own Cornhole Board to Make Any Day More Fun

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Lawn games are fun for all, but buying a cornhole board is an unnecessary expense. It’s easy to make this enjoyable lawn accessory with just a little time and the right tools.

Cornhole Prep

Cornhole is also known as bean bag toss or the bean bag game. Essentially, it’s played as an individual or team game where opponents compete to see who can toss small bean bags with the most accuracy. There is a board on each side of the gaming area, identical in size and design, to ensure even odds. Making the boards is a straightforward, money-saving DIY project. Once built, the boards will last for many years.

Begin by assembling and cutting all the necessary pieces of wood. Use 1/2-inch plywood to craft each cornhole board. Get furniture-grade plywood so the board surface will be smooth. Use a skilsaw to cut two pieces of plywood to measure 24 inches by 48 inches, or 2 feet by 4 feet. Each of these will serve as the top of the boards. Cut four 2x4s measuring 48 inches long, four 2x4s measuring 21 inches long and four 2x4s measuring 12 inches long. These pieces will become the frame and legs for the boards.

Building the Boards

Lay out two of the 48-inch 2x4s and two of the 21-inch 2x4s to create a rectangle. Place the edges so they are flush and even, and use a clamp if needed to keep the frame in position. Use a power drill and screws to assemble the frame. Add L-brackets to the four corners and drill them into place to lock the frame into place securely. Repeat the entire process to build a second frame for the other cornhole board.

Find the center of one plywood board, and measure down 9 inches from the top vertically. Make this spot with a piece of chalk or pencil, and place a compass point right here. Set the compass to a 3-inch radius and draw a circle. Drill a hole inside the circle to fit a jigsaw blade inside, and cut out the circle with the jigsaw. Repeat the process with the second cornhole board.

Run a bead of glue on the top of the frames and set each plywood board on top, keeping everything flush and even. Clamp and let the glue to dry before attaching the legs.

Flip the frames upside down to view the bottom of each, and prepare to cut all the legs. Set one of the short 2x4s upright and measure 2 inches down from the top; mark the spot. Place the compass point here and set the compass at a 2-inch radius. Use the compass to draw a half-circle on the top edge. Cut the line with a jigsaw to create one rounded corner. Repeat with all the legs.

Set the legs inside the frame at each back corner, placing four legs total. Flip the frames back over and screw down with 3-inch deck screws into the top of the legs. With two legs in position on each board, the front of the boards will slope downward. This is the standard design.

SkilToolsFinish it Up

Cover all the screw holes with putty or wood filler. Use a sander to smooth all the wood. Paint each cornhole board completely with primer after cleaning it of any sawdust and debris. Draw a design on the boards, if desired, using blue painter’s tape before spray painting. Remove the tape while the paint is still somewhat damp. Wait until the entire design is dry before playing.

Bean bags can be purchased inexpensively at a toy or hobby store. Cornhole is a fun outdoor game regardless of skill level that can be enjoyed whether between two people or two teams of people.

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